A couple of times this week I resorted to searching my yard for interesting photos.  On Sunday I hit paydirt when I found a crowd of bees swarming over milkweed flowers in the back meadow.  They were intent on the nectar, and paid me no mind as I fiddled with my tripod and macro lens.  I was able to get real close and fire the shutter with impunity.  This shot of the bee was my favorite image of the week.

Don’t Worry, Bee Happy

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/9 at 1/400, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom.  The hardest part here was picking my favorite image from a very large sequence- the bee was really enjoying the flower.  It’s a good lens, and I nailed the focus, so I was able to crop pretty tightly.  After that, just the basics- exposure, shadows, whites, with just small boots to clarity, contrast, and sharpening.   Most of the editing was done on the iPad for posting to Instagram, but I touched it up on the Mac later.


WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh.  This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.

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