About the shot: I thought I’d change things up and attempt to take a pretty nature desktop wallpaper like the ones that come bundled with your Mac or PC. I stumbled upon a beautiful lavender field and just knew it would be the perfect place to capture a picture.
How I Shot It: I experimented with different focal lengths but found that I yielded the best results when zoomed in all the way (70mm) on my 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikon. I also shot it wide open f/2.8 so that it would deliver a creamy smooth bokeh (out of focus blurred areas of the picture). It’s a pretty straight forward shot. It took me around 10min to finally get the composition right and the bee where I wanted it. I maybe took around 30 shots total to get this one really good shot. Some additional settings info: I was shooting at 320 ISO and exposure of 1/320 sec with spot metering on the bee itself.
Post processing: I kept the editing clean and simple, I curved up the image to brighten it, brought out the different shades of greens in the grass, toned down the highlights in the image, and lastly a subtle sharpening on the overall image.
Gear: Nikon D800 + Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
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