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It's Official

Photographing bumblebees is a royal pain in the butt. For one thing, the darned critters won't stay put long enough for you to focus. And then, whenever you think you have your shot, the little varmints will fly away never to be seen again.

It all started last week when I noticed that there was a plethora of bumblebees buzzing around the hedges around the office. Said hedges feature little pink flowers that are cute enough to photograph by themselves just for the heck of it. I remembered then that I was carrying my little camera, the one that I always have stashed in my handbag just in case something interesting pops up that deserves a shot.

Like bumblebees.

To make a long story short, I spent two days worth of lunch hours chasing after the little guys, with very little luck. After a gazillion and one shots, I ended up with a lot of blurry photos, or the photo of a bumblebee's butt, a leg, an eye, or simply a flower where the elusive flying dude had been standing just a nanosecond ago.

Finally, I hit the jackpot. When I go home and check at the pictures there is one, just one, among a gazillion shots, that looks pretty good.

Okay, I am positive that there are better bumblebee pictures out there, but I like mine because I had to work for it. Even the security guard at our building thought I was nuts.

"No one usually takes pictures around here," he says.

"No one but me and a couple of other camera obsessed coworkers," I say.

He laughs.

Luckily, he knows me well, as well as the rest of the security personel, so they don't think I am some sort of weirdo. We're cool (even if I am still a weirdo).

At any rate, here's the link to the picture. And next to it is a shot of the flower where another bumblebee used to be.

And that's it for today.

Belfebe out.

Comments

( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
melaniesuzanne
Sep. 28th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
He's so fuzzy!
belfebe
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Isn't he cute!
reasdream
Sep. 28th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
verra nice
belfebe
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
ladyhelwynn
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome bumble bee picture. A few weeks ago I was trying to take a picture of a bumble bee and had no luck. Just yellow/black blurs.
belfebe
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm telling you. They don't stay still. It took me two days and a lot of blurry pictures just to get that one :-)
dameroksanne
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Bees have very acute vision and are not down with glass lenses, esp. not magnifying lenses.
belfebe
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
True. It's like they avoid them. And somehow they don't like the sound of a camera bleeping. Every time it bleeped to tell me that it was in focus, the little guy would fly away.
bronx_baroness
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
It's so very wonderful that you have bumble bees hanging around your office at all! The picture is great! And yes, bees are so very sensitive to light changes, breathing on them, funny noises, etc. You got one great picture which is pretty amazing in itself. Congratulations!
belfebe
Sep. 28th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
marionred
Sep. 28th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Great picture!!!.. I think of bumble bees are up there with humming birds they just move to darn quick to get a good pic.
belfebe
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
A good trick with the hummingbirds (tip courtesy of my trusty apprentice, geoffreyapclwyd), is to focus on the flower that the little bird was spotted last. He says that hummingbirds move very fast, but that they keep coming back to the same spot. (I wish that the bumblebees were so accomodating. Sigh.)
ladypyrate
Sep. 28th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
You have every right to be proud of that pic! It is AWESOME!
belfebe
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
florentinescot
Sep. 29th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Autofocus camera? That's one of the problem with them. They can't keep up. :-( Try a manual focus -- or if your camera has the "movie made up of still shots" try that one.

good luck!
belfebe
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
This was taken with my little pocket camera, as opposed to the Nikon D90. Not many features, I'm afraid. Plus by the time I finished programming the little guy, the dastardly bumblebees would have been gone all the same, LOL. :-D
florentinescot
Sep. 29th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
nods. I have a love/hate relationship with auto-focus cameras. They're a god-send once you go into bifocals. OTOH, they don't always focus quickly. :-(
florentinescot
Sep. 29th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
And for the record -- that's an AWESOME pic!
belfebe
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
:-D Thanks!
jaine_parr
Sep. 29th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Worth the effort. Great shot!
belfebe
Sep. 29th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I had fun with it.
alina_s
Sep. 29th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
That is so cool...
belfebe
Sep. 29th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It was worth the hassle. ;-)
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