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