I took several macro shots of honey bees drinking in our backyard today. Most of them were out of focus. Here’s one that’s in focus, although the bee’s proboscis (tongue) is hidden:
The proboscis is more visible in this shot, but still not as close as I was hoping for:
The rest of them:
They’re stunning photos, incredible to see them this close up. Reminds me how hairy they are.
Try clicking the photos to view them on the original Picasa page where they’re displayed in greater detail. The photos are about the same size, but they’re sharper for some reason.
The second shot shows the proboscis really well, I think! And I love the third shot with the reflection. Stunning, as Emily says.
Must admit Phil. Pretty cool pics of the bees. Most impressed, not that counts for much.
Me being impressed that is. The photos are awsome. Just needed to clarify that.
Well, I’ll tell you my secret: I crop into those photos like a son of gun. I get as close I can, but with my cheapish camera, I can never get in close enough to frame the photos well. So I crop and I crop and I crop — and that’s how I get the framing I want. I rarely post photos that aren’t cropped. I crop most of the photos so they’re the exact dimensions of the photo frame displayed in the Mud Songs header, the one that displays (or should display) random photos. So that’s it. I’m not the photographer everyone thinks I am. I’m a big cheater.
Still, do I know how to crop a photo or what?
I assume teh bees are out in droves again today? How’s it looking.
It’s looking good. It went up to 18Â°C in the backyard somehow. The weather is supposed to be miserable for the next week, so I took the opportunity to inspect Hive #2. I video taped it and took some pics, but I’m not sure how any of it came out because I was more concerned with the bees.
But it went well. The bottom box of the hive was mostly empty — and I mean they hadn’t had a chance to draw comb on at least half of the frames.
The were bringing in pollen of every kind, every colour. I tried to get some photos of it, but I didn’t have the best camera for those macro shots.
I’ll try to upload something later today.