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Buzz, buzz, buzz!

  • Posted July 22, 2010 by Helen in Insects. Viewed 4433 times

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We have several lavender bushes planted in our front garden specifically to attract bees and help them in their fight for survival. These plants have been an absolute hive of activity (excuse the pun) recently so I decided to try and take some photos of the bees at work while the sun was shining this afternoon. I must admit I took something of a spray-gun approach to shooting them as they move so quickly ?? I set a shutter speed of 1/800th of a second, plus continuous focussing and continuous shooting modes and hoped for the best! Of the 165 or so shots I took these are by far the best ?? I deleted almost 100 immediately as they either contained no bees at all or only hopelessly out of focus ones. I was fascinated by the variety of bees I saw ?? I had no idea we had different types in our garden. Some were very furry all over, some had less hair on their faces and the smaller ones with orange bottoms had completely bald heads! They certainly didn??t seem bothered by my presence this afternoon, despite the fact I was only a few centimetres away from them most of the time. And to think all life on earth depends on these cute little creatures ?? keep up the good work!

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    • # Lucinda

      What was your dof? Really fantastic job. The details are amazing. I can almost feel the fuzz on the bees and the wings are so precise.

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    • # Eiram

      Wonderful post!

      The heat is killing me....I thought it is Ted´s post and my coment was directed to him...then I wanted to have a look at your blog and wonder, how you two managed to cooperate so good...to post identical photos...then I start reading LOL
      It must be the heat:)))

      2010.07.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gerd Korts

      Great set Helen, so we did the same today. meanwhile I realized that shooting all these buzz buzz critters is much more relaxed if you use a long lens and crop a fake macro out of it. Also the range of sharpness is a bit wider than using a macro lens. So if you are lucky you can get 5 of 10 instead 5 of 100 although I have to admit it is still difficulty.

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    • # Moira

      Well that makes me feel a lot better about my photos hearing about your experience , love the first .

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    • # Josy

      This series is very beautiful and your very interesting explanatory text. Bravo and thank you for sharing

      2010.07.22 Edited Reply Cancel