June 15, 2009 – Pollination



June 15, 2009


Here’s a brand new one, taken Saturday morning (with my new camera, for whoever is keeping score.) This exotic-looking locale is actually right out front of my neighbor’s house. They’ve got a bunch of orange poppies (those are poppies, right?) that I keep telling myself I should take pictures of. So, on Saturday morning, I did.

While I was there, I saw a bee floating around the flowers, stopping every now and then to gather some pollen or do whatever it is they do. Taking pictures of bees is actually kind of hard, as it turns out. Those suckers are FAST. I mean, they sit on the flower for a little while, so if you want to get a picture of them just hanging out, not so hard. But to get them in flight is tough, because if you’re zoomed in at all, the time between them taking off and them being out of the camera frame is, at least in my case, less than my reaction time from seeing it take off and pressing the shutter button.

On top of that, you need to use a REALLY fast shutter speed to make them not blurry. (around 1/1000th of a second is probably good.) Which in this case also meant cranking up the ISO. Now, one of the reasons I got the new camera was it’s much better high ISO performance than my previous camera (a lot less noise), so even at ISO 800 the images look fantastic, and at 1600 it’s still pretty decent.

This isn’t the only bee-and-flower shot I’ve got, so sometime in the next few weeks, expect to see at least one more, maybe a couple, and not all of them are from this weekend either. Also, this just may become my new favorite obsession, so we’ll see how that goes.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/mvxk9x

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens.  1/640s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 77mm.

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  1. avatar
    Dave June 29, 2009

    Just making sure comments work.

  2. avatar
    priyanka November 18, 2009


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    Heather Schmidt December 14, 2009

    that is amazing. I really hope to be this good some day

  4. avatar
    Dave December 15, 2009

    Well you’ve definitely been practicing your flattery skills. :) It’s not a matter of being good, it’s a matter of knowing what kind of picture you want, and doing what you need to make it happen. For instance, for action shots like this one, get set up ahead of time, make sure the exposure and focus are set the way you want ahead of time, then when the action happens you’re ready.

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    Marie June 3, 2010

    wow, love this pics

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