Patience is Rewarded

Worker Bee

Today is another oldie but a goodie out of my photo archives. This was one of the first photos (that I kept anyway) of an insect. I remember reading a bit about macro photography, and after taking various flower shots I thought I would try and capture a shot of a bee. The bees were in abundance, so I figured it would be an easy shot to get. I was wrong.

I was shooting with a Sony F717, which though it is a nice camera that I thoroughly enjoyed, it is not exactly designed for macro photography. To get a close up shot, you have to actually be close up. With any inanimate object that is generally not a problem. With a bee that doesn’t like to be bothered while doing its duties, not so good. The more I tried to move in on a bee once it had landing, the more I realized it was an exercise in futility.

Being the analytical guy I am, I stepped back and took a few minutes to watch the patterns of bees visiting the flowers. After while I noticed that certain flowers were more visited than others, perhaps out of position or access they afforded the bees. Out of that group I narrowed down the flowers that were easier for me to access with my camera, finally choosing a couple I would try.

I nestled up close to where I wanted to be, positioned my camera, and then waited. For awhile, no bee would land near me. Though the bees would circle in and even make a touch and go on my chosen flower, none would stick around. I continued to wait. Finally, after the bees acclimated to my being there, one landed right in my field of view. I snapped a few different shots as he moved around the flower, but this was my favorite.

In short, that is the secret of macro photography with insects; and, actually the same is true of most any wildlife photography. Patience. Great photos are often found by being perceptive and happening to be in the right place at the right time. More often, though, they are the result of a careful eye, some research, and a lot of patience. There are better photos than the one I show above, but for me this was both a great photo, and an even better learning experience.

As normal, this photo can be found on my photo site as a free desktop wallpaper.