Bee Close with the Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens
Adding close focusing capabilities to an otherwise useful focal length and max aperture combination adds versatility — and fun. The Canon RF 24mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens is one such lens.
Here, the RF 28 gets close to a honeybee, with a bright cloudy sky creating a high key background.
From a composition perspective, besides getting close, an overall balance was the goal for this (and most) images. The sunflower was itself worthy of being photographed, but the honeybee added another point of interest to the composition.
Bees will often work their way around the flower. Figure out their plan and make yours accordingly. While the bee was farther back on the flower, I positioned the lens for what seemed the optimal composition and timed the shot when the bee arrived.
24mm f/1.8 1/400s ISO 100
Just a Zinnia Bud and Leaves
When your lens has macro focusing capabilities, the list of great subjects available for it grows significantly.
Growing here is a zinnia flower. For this composition, I opted to center the bud and angle the leaves extending below it, utilizing the shallow depth of field created by the f/1.8 aperture for artistic blur.
24mm f/1.8 1/250s ISO 100