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


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


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)


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



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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