Growing up as a child on my grandparent’s farm, I would often come across bees. I remember a time that I was actually chased by some bees across the yard. Eventually they caught me and I ended up with a few stings. When I ran into the house to grandma, she made a paste of baking soda with water to put on the spots where I was stung. Since then I have become somewhat comfortable with bees. As man of the house, my kids would call me to handle any bees that they came across.
The term “as busy as a bee” usually means that a person is extremely busy with things at work and in life. If you just sit near a bunch of flowers and watch as a bee buzzes around collecting pollen and nectar, you will see that a bee really does not stop very long but just keeps moving.
A few weeks ago I was out to get pictures of purple coneflower and saw a bee visiting, so I followed him around from flower to flower and sometimes watched him dance around the same bloom as he collected nectar. Wow, what a chore for me to take pictures with my 100mm macro lens.
Here are a few tips to help with taking a picture of a bee at work:
Use a macro lens or close-up filters to magnify the bee in the image.
Telephoto macro lens will help keep a distance between you and the bee. This helps you to not spook the bee off and prevents you from getting stung because the bee feels threatened.
Use a wide aperture to help keep the background out of focus.
If needed, bump up your ISO to get sufficient shutter speed.
Make sure your shutter speed is fast enough to stop the bee’s body movement.
Try to take your picture when you anticipate a sudden decrease in the action.
You may need to auto focus because of the constant movement of the bee around the blooms.
With these tips in mind, you should be able to successfully take pictures of bees doing their work on your flowers.
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