I had a wonderful Monday at the nursery. My best ever experience having to take close-up shots of fluttering honeybees. All that I have learned about lighting, aperture, shutter speed for moving objects came to good use. I managed to get good close-up of the honeybees , though it may not be as good as those taken by the professional . I am pleased with all the shots taken with my Nikon D3200 and my Raynox dcr250 lens. I love the bokeh (the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens) effect in the background besides the two fluttering honeybees were quite in focus. Not bad for an amateur photographer like me. Mmmmm, I promise to deliver better ones as I journey through my photography adventures :)
These honeybees are so beautiful and hardworking , fluttering from flowers to flowers. And I stood still like a statute not daring to move at all. Even though the arms were stiff , much as I would love to move the arm or shoulder, I remained still and holding the camera in readiness to capture them through the lens. A slight movement will chase away the bees or shake the camera. The hands have to be very steady or the pictures will turn out blur as the camera was handheld . Using a tripod will be cumbersome as I have to be quick to take the shots and the bees doesn't stay in one place for long. Any seconds , they can flutters away :)
I have never had so much fun before and I look forward to my next photography adventure and will share with you my amateur shots of nature and flowers and insects. Okay, I am still on fire and still VERY passionate about close up photography.
excerpt from About Honeybees
Worker bees are the most familiar-looking member of the honeybee hive, as they make up about 99% of each colony's population.
Worker bees are all female, and they do almost everything for the hive. From birth to her death 45 days later, the worker bee is given different tasks to do during different stages of her life. Worker bees are responsible for everything from feeding the larvae (the baby bees), to tending to the queen, to cleaning the hive, to collecting food, to guarding the colony, to building honeycomb.
The stinger of the worker bee is barbed, so when she is forced to defend herself or the hive, her stinger will become stuck in the skin of her victim. She is unable to pull it out, and dies when she inevitably tears herself away from the stuck stinger, leaving it behind with the venom sack still pumping venom into her victim. Consequently, honeybees are very gentle - they don't want to die any more than you want to be stung. Be nice to them, and they'll be nice to you.
great team mates
sharing a stalk of flowers
love the bokeh effect background ..
I scored a point here :)
mentor is pleased
busy with the nectar
this one is half hidden but can see
it is enjoying the sweet nectar here
love its backside
to me this is another wonderful shot :p
love the background :)
the sunlight gave the wings the shine...so awesome
God is good all the time and all the time God is good
The Creator of all on earth!
Thank you for dropping by....even though the photos are taken by an amateur like me :)