|A tiny Sweat Bee, Lasioglossum species, in my back garden, on garden oregano flowers. 12 August 2015.|
|Hoverfly, Sphaerophoria species. Female. Hutchinson's Bank, 11 August 2015.|
|Hoverfly, Sphaerophoria species. Male. Hutchinson's Bank, 11 August 2015.|
I got these two shots to be sharper than the bee.
|Oncocera semirubella. Hutchinson's Bank, 11 August 2015.|
This is about as sharp as the bee. I do better when I have time to steady the camera.
* What's the best combination of small aperture, speed and ISO for hand-held nature shots? Small apertures give a good depth of field, but you get diffraction effects which make the whole thing less sharp. High ISO allows faster shots, so less motion blur, but more noise, specially in the darker areas. High speed also reduces motion blur but means that unless you are really close, a flash shot will be quite dark, and also relatively noisy. At the moment I am trying out f/20, 1/800, ISO 250 or ISO 1000. Also, I can sometimes sharpen a bit and reduce noise a little bit in Photoshop without compromising the pic. If I were working with static subjects and a tripod I would be trying a very different combination.