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Bee Catching

There’s just something about the little things in life. I love macro-photography; I love capturing the little details of our world and saving them as a still picture. Naturally this photographic interest has extended into taking photographs of garden insects as they go about their daily business.

Bees. Bumblebees. They’ve proved to be a challenging adversary for me, the novice photographer. They are certainly not elusive, but photographing them has been an ongoing exercise in learning the real world results of adjusting shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focal length.

Taking pictures of bees isn’t difficult at all when they are preoccupied.

Easy as pie

Easy as pie

Unfortunately, it is when they are flying that the photography becomes quite difficult.

I have hundreds of photos of blurred bees. Quickly I learned that shutter speed is oh-so-very-important with this venture.

Unfortunately, increasing shutter speed to, let’s say, 1/4000 of a second, like in the image below, results in very dark images. The image below shows up black on my monitor, and it wasn’t until I did a quick fix in GIMP (Color>Auto>Normalize) that the bee became visable.

West Michigan, Bees 787-SMALL

But dark images really aren’t acceptable. And so it became my quest to snap a perfect picture, like above, but in decent light.

West Michigan, Bees 1014-SMALL

West Michigan, Bees 998-SMALL

West Michigan, Bees 914-SMALL

West Michigan, Bees 1017-SMALL

West Michigan, Bees 996-SMALL




  • Sandra |

    Lieber Andrew, dieses ist eine sehr schoene Seite!☺
    Wir freuen uns auf Deine weiteren Berichte und wünschen Dir einen tollen Start am Montag in der Schule! Viele Grüße aus Bo-Ho

  • Kari Griesbeck |


    These are SO neat! I love seeing these and reading your posts. This is TOO cool! Your year will fly by and then onto K College, my alma mater! Have a wonderful time. I look forward to following your journey!

    Mrs. G

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