I saw the cutest quote a while ago, it read “All we are saying is give Bees a chance,” doesn’t that make the John Lennon song gently echo in your mind? I loved it, and knew that it would make a great post title for my blog, so I stored it away in the back of my mind for when the lavender started to bloom around here.
I’ll be making my sign using this lovely quote, celebrating the little creatures that linger among the scented lavender, and bouncing through the Bee Balm. Beautiful purple blossoms buzzing with the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, cabbage moths too.
My heart thrills to see the fluttering butterflies dancing among the dusty leaves of the tired trees, while the hummingbirds foray into the depths of the tufted cherry colored Bee Balm in the garden. On of my favorite summertime activities is to sit out in the garden and try to capture shots of the hummingbirds, and butterflies, bees, and other buzzing creatures. If it flies, I’m pretty much OK with it, but when it crawls.…ugh.
Shooting bugs is challenging at the best of times, they’re not willing to stay in place for longer than a microsecond, and they always seem to be a mass of legs and wings. So how do you get a good shot? Especially if you don’t have a fancy DSLR, and macro lens?
So I asked Gail, of Clay and Limestone, expert gardener, native plant grower, and photographer to share some tips with us on how best to capture the buzzing, zinging little guys that show up in our garden.
This is what she had to say:
A few things came to mind when Jen asked me to share my tips for taking macro or close up photos of the pollinators in my garden!
Tip number one: Although there are better times to take photos than others, pollinators don’t know that rule, so always have your camera on hand!
Tip number two: You don’t have to know how to use the advanced settings to take good close ups of critters. Set your camera on auto, and turn on the macro/super macro setting [most cameras have this setting for close ups]. Get as close as you can without spooking the critter, and start shooting!
Tip number three: Take dozens and dozens of photos. Yesterday I was trying to photography a Swallowtail butterfly and she wouldn’t rest on the bloom long enough for me to get a good shot, so I kept focusing, refocusing, and shooting a dozen times until I got the photo.
Tip number four: Zen patience is your best tool. Sometimes you have to become the flower! Or learn to stand as still as possible until the bees forget you are there.
Tip number five: Use your zoom if you haven’t got a macro setting, or if it’s too windy, or the critters won’t cooperate. I crop the photo later in my editing programs.
Above all else, have fun out there!
Gail shared another post filled with tips on how to shoot wildlife, and pollinators so be sure to check it out to get even more tips.