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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 6:54 pm 
Hello!

I was taking a few shots of bees and managed to get one of them in mid air. At the time, I had a 35mm mounted on my Nikon D40 (a 3 focus points camera).

Despite my efforts, I couldn't get the flying bee in focus. How could I have done it? Any ideas? Well, besides using a bigger f number. :-P

Here is a crop, to show what I mean (notice that the flower is in focus, while the bee isn't).

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 7:18 pm 
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Either:
- Manually pre-focus on a distance and wait for the bee to move into focus.
- Set camera to spot continuous AF and be very good at keeping it on target.

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 8:42 pm 
Id agree with Popo but like to add a third option:

-Be f**king lucky


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:58 am 
I tried this yesterday too. I found that the best method was to use manual focus, and use continuous shooting whilst slowly adjusting the focus.
This might not work so well with your camera, as you only have 2.5fps, whereas my Canon has 6.3fps. Still, it's worth giving it a go.
Good luck.


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 7:37 pm 
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If it was I, I would be setup on a tripod where I have some movement adjustmet. Camera set on AF-C, focus setting on dynamic area, 2.5 fps should yield good results.

What settings did you use? What was the actual focus point?

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