Bee Hunting using the EM-5

04/07/2012 - 15:55

Some thoughts and examples on one way of photographing bees which I hope someone may find interesting and helpful.

As some of you may know I have a bit of an obsession with "buzzy things" particularly bees. Today was a pretty uninspiring day photographically but I though I would have a potter into the garden to see what happened after the rain stopped.


Bumbles were beginning to feed so I stood for 5 minutes or so until I spotted that they were frequently feeding on our blue penstemmon

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I remembered that the best time to get a chance of some decent images is once the bee is in the flower

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as, if you listen and watch the flower movement you may spot the moment the bee leaves the flower (as you can see by the downward tongue)

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The light was pretty dire so some of the shots aren't very sharp (it really needed shutter speeds of 1/500th+ not the 1/100th - 1/200th which was all I could get with ISO400 wide open)

But, with a bit of persistence it was possible to get some not bad results

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so, find the flower in your garden that is most frequently visited by bees, take 10 minute out to watch, the start shooting (but pick a better day weatherwise and you may get sharper results)

All these were shot hand-held using the OMD EM5 with 12-50 kit lens at f6.7 in macro mode and each image represents around 50% of the full frame image. Shot in single shot, AF mode using the EVF to focus, rocking the camera backwards and forwards for the final small adjustment on focus point

 

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