Thursday, May 11, 2006

CRITTER DAY -- Chill Out, Bee

33 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

In answer to yesterday’s observations--yes, the couple was walking along at a fine clip. With the sepia filter on, exposure time is increased quite a bit. I tried shooting at f-22, but every time I focused on them and noted the exposure time, they were already out of the shot. That’s why I had to open the lens wide up. They are in good shape for their ages.

There are tens of dozens of these bees flying around the eaves of our house; but when the azaleas blossomed out, they were all over the yard as well. They could have cared less about us, they were just happy buzzing around and climbing down deep into the flowers. I didn’t get any good shots of the bees pollinating the flowers, because they were always far down into the blossoms. I’m trying to grow some flat flowers that they can just rest upon and not get lost in. I’ve got lots of cosmos seeds (my favorite summertime flower) planted. Anyway, while I couldn’t shoot this little fellow and his buddies outside on my azaleas, they were very easy to catch. So I grabbed this chubby guy, put him into my daughter’s bug holder, popped him into the fridge; and by the time I had the camera and backdrop set up in the kitchen under the skylight, he was ready for me to shoot. I still had to use a fairly limited dof, as he was beginning to move around the paper shortly after I set him down. He ended up flying off after about four shots, and later I released him out through the kitchen window.

Lesson Learned - Two -- Always, ALWAYS make sure the lid is on the pot when making popcorn! I had set the third pot to popping and left the room. When I came back, popcorn (and tons of corn oil) were jumping out of the pot all over the kitchen. Yes, indeed, one of my daughters had seen the whole thing and neither said nor did anything about it. What a mess!! It took 20 minutes to clean up. We were late to music lessons.

Konica Minolta 70 Kodak Max ISO 400 0.7 seconds, f-11 Aperture Mode Minolta 50mm macro lens and 13mm extension tube Negative scanned by York Photo Labs

8:18 AM  
Blogger bkphotography said...

Hehe, seems like you had a wonderful and busy day there. No go and chill for a while, just like the bee in the picture. ISO 400 and 0.7 seconds eh? I have to try that. I'm afraid of bees, however, the overall exposure adds a dreamy, soft and non-dangerous vibe. A perfect summer shot.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

This bee has a cute vibe going on but those eyes follow you round the room. Have you noticed that?

10:18 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Are these the really big carpenter bees? Or are they their smaller cousin the bumble bee?

If they are carpenter bees, they are males and can do a lot of damage, but they don't sting. If they are bumble bees (look pretty much the same only smaller) they are good, but they do sting.

This is a great shot.

I tried shooting one (carpenter) last week. It was very frustrating. He would hover right in front of me, staring me down, but just as I hit the shutter release, zoom, off he'd go.

Ugh! popcorn oil all over the kitchen...I think I'd have to lock myself in my room for a while to give the kids time to hide from me for not doing anything about it. Breathe in...Breathe out, and just repeat "I love my kids...I love my kids..."

11:29 AM  
Blogger DAVE (theendofdave.com) said...

Shutterbug just took on a whole new meaning now :D

11:41 AM  
Anonymous NoWords said...

nice one! (a bit unsharp though)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Haha, can't believe you put it in the fridge. That's a great trick - I'll make a mental note of it!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Julian said...

It's where you placed the bee in this picture, not so much the sharpness factor. Not a fan of macros, but good shot with it's placement.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Very cool against white : I find insects shots very hard : you did a great job : GREAT GREAT SHOT!

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Ella said...

I really like your composition here. Before I read your comment, I wondered about the white background, which is very fitting. Haven't heard about cooling bees down before ;-).

2:26 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

This cooling down the bee is new to me, too, and learning that is an ‘extra’ to enjoying the pic. He looks like he’s posing there for you impatient to be off. I marvel at these creatures.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous will said...

This is a cool shot. The bee works well on the backround.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Interesting shot...the bee looks staged, like a cooperative model! ;o)

5:40 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

I have a shot of one of these guys! but it was at the very start of spring so he was moving rather slowly! I posed for me LOL

You know these guys being big and fluffy scare me less then the little guys!




Got to love kids that don't say a word LOL

5:54 PM  
Anonymous leeroy said...

Bumblebees are so cute with their little hairs on their backs. Your photo makes me want to pat it :)

I've done the no-lid popcorn thing too, it's funny in an annoying kinda way.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous G said...

Interesting technique in insect photography..."refrigerated bees". As you know, I'm very into insect/animal photos, so it was enjoyable to see this one.

By the way, thanks for the link on "Photo of the Day" - I quite like that one, myself.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice closed up shot...frozen bee:-P great idea to put them in the fridge....great idea:-)

6:56 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

I like the white background, good idea!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Excellent macro; the white background is excellent. Great work, Micki! Regards, Brent

9:31 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

GREAT shot! I like the respect you gave the little worker bee. I too love cosmos in the garden.My bees surround the cherry blossoms.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

It's that time of year. Great close up shot!

10:45 PM  
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10:46 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Man, look at all your fans, Micki! I am SOOOOOOO jealous. but then again, you take better pix than I do :)

Very cool? Was he alive, or did you do him in to get him to sit still like that? LOL!

Great shot.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Nice composition. Cute, fuzzy guy. Bummer about the popcorn. I've decided I'm going to buy a hotair popper!

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Impressive, yet luxury of details, with a definition and colors of most spectacular. I congratulate to you.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous Philippe said...

Oh my...guess a photographer has to do what they gotta do to get THE SHOT...great work, looks really peaceful!

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

The bee looks irritated to me ;-) Nice macro.

3:21 AM  
Blogger Sidney said...

He seems to be exhausted! ;-)

5:06 AM  
Blogger Dia said...

mmm he looks really cool, great detail :)

aaaaa I've missed so many posts hehe, I'll try to catch up, I hope I can steal some time :)

take care and all the best to you and your happy family :)

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

haha ... that fridge idea .. something for me to try, Micki.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous kyle said...

w0w , very nice white , good job =)

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

I like this fridge trick, wonder if it works with kids

9:43 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great to learn of your setup process for this image - I'm always trying to photograph critters like this in their natural habitat, so the 'fridge concept never dawned on me. It would be cool to see another bee in this sort of setting, but loaded up with pollen...

6:46 AM  

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