beez's in flight


Chrism8

Link Posted 22/05/2022 - 09:07
1/1250 sec 320 ISO with the 120mm macro @ F8















Chris

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Last Edited by Chrism8 on 22/05/2022 - 09:08

tigershoot

Link Posted 22/05/2022 - 13:33
Last one is fabulous. What plant is it?
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Chrism8

Link Posted 22/05/2022 - 13:55
It's a Ceanothus, grows to about 2m high and 1.5m deep, flowers early to mid May and is a bee magnet.
Chris

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" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

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K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM

08tiger

Link Posted 23/05/2022 - 07:16
Good work, the last one is my pick
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 23/05/2022 - 09:40
All good - but Yes, that last one takes the prize - Nice Shooting Chris
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 23/05/2022 - 14:23
I think you can count all the hairs on the bees they're that sharp!

Lovely stuff
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OldTaffy

Link Posted 23/05/2022 - 18:59
An impressive set. Ceanothus does not flourish in our garden but when I have been trying to get a decent shot of a bee landing, I have never succeeded. If I see one land on a flower, I have tried setting up camera on tripod focussed on that flower, but dammit the next bee avoids that flower and goes to another one. Can bees sense when a flower has been 'harvested' and not bother going to it?
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Lubbyman

Link Posted 23/05/2022 - 21:10
Really like these . Agree with others - the last one stands out for me. But if the 3rd one were cropped to remove the in-focus flower heads sticking up from the bottom edge (which I find distracting), it would be up there with the last one.

OldTaffy wrote:
Can bees sense when a flower has been 'harvested' and not bother going to it?

Apparently yes. It's all to do with static electricity. A bee in flight picks up a charge from friction with the air. It can also detect an electric field. During a visit to a flower, the bee's static charge helps pollen stick to it. Some charge also transfers to the flower while the bee is doing its business. The next bee to come along senses the electric field from the charged flower. It recognises this as the signal for "don't bother to drop in because I've just been done" so it looks for another flower. The moral of this tale is if you're trying to photograph a bee, the last thing you should do is focus on a flower that has just been visited. No help in working out which flower you should focus on, though!

Steve

Chrism8

Link Posted 24/05/2022 - 07:13
OldTaffy wrote:
An impressive set. I have tried setting up camera on tripod focused on that flower

These were all handheld, gives the flexibility to follow the bee's, the ceanothus is covered in flowers at the mo, has been for 7 days and will probably only do another 7 - 10 days before they start to wilt.

Steve - thanks for the mention of the crop, amended version as below



Chris

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" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM

Lubbyman

Link Posted 24/05/2022 - 17:50
Yes, that crop definitely works better to my eyes.

Steve

Chrism8

Link Posted 24/05/2022 - 18:48
Lubbyman wrote:
Yes, that crop definitely works better to my eyes.

Steve

Thanks Steve, you were right
Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K1 - Sigma 85mm F1.4, Pentax DFA 150 -450 F4.5 / 5.6, Pentax DFA* 24 - 70 F2.8

Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM

redbusa99

Link Posted 25/05/2022 - 12:11
Absolutely excellent set of images , the amended version has taken top place for sure.
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davidwozhere

Link Posted 26/05/2022 - 00:53
Super collection. Trouble with this caper is, once you start it's hard to know when to stop! You've got it nailed.
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