My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
During the summer months there are a lot of bees out there, but look closely- some of these bees are tiny (6mm 1/4″ long).
Bonnie, my web master showed me how to crop and enlarge with Adobe. 🙂
I have been having a lot of trouble with focusing on these small bees. I am using Fujifilm EXR camera. Yesterday I was playing around with focusing on some text. I pressed the shutter down half-way, and the camera focused to 2″ away from the subject. Amazing. Then I released the shutter- and it focused back to the default. I did not realize that I should continue pressing the shutter to take the focused picture. I thought it would hold the focus until I partially depressed the shutter again. But not so. So now with renewed knowlege, I will see what I can find in the garden today.
Since I expected another sunny day today. I made sure my flowers were well watered, so they could make nectar for any visiting bee.
I was showing my 9 year old grandson a trick or two about photography this summer.
For a long time, photography of flowers were a mystery to me until I learned that a black or dark background and low angled light (early morning or late evening or winter light) works rather well. It also works if the background is not distracting and adds to the story.
A good camera and the right settings help as well of course.
This yellow Anemone flowers all summer. This one found a tiny crack between the wall of my carport and asphalt driveway.
The mauve Aster blooms in late summer and insects, in particular bees love it. If it is watered regularly, nectar is produced, making it a very attractive plant for insects. Cropping this photo using Adobe would also help, but I have not mastered this yet!