One of the most challenging macro shots is the venerable bumble bee. They are constantly moving. It’s almost impossible to nab a head shot of one, even with long glass. My 105 f/2.8 isn’t long enough. I’m not sure even a 200 would be adequate unless you happen to luck out and be in the right place at the right time (which applies to all photography in general). But it’s a super fun challenge nonetheless. I was out on Sunday afternoon with my big silver reflector trying to get the holy grail of bumble bee shots in Fonstad’s apple blossoms. I had great full sunlight which was really nice when reflected. But picture me holding my D300s & 105mm lens in one hand and the big reflector in the other trying to nab macro shots! heheheeh… not a pretty sight. 😉 It’s impossible to use a tripod as the bees move way too much way too fast, so everything had to be handheld. I had to shoot in Aperture priority mode because my light changed constantly as I ran around the shady side of the trees or lit them up with the reflector. I just had to pray the camera would pick a shutter speed fast enough to nab the little buggers. hehhhehe… All in all it was a fun way to grab some sunshine for an hour. The holy grail shot is still out there somewhere!
I went out on a bumble bee hunt with my macro lens the other morning before I borrowed it to a friend. Had to get my macro fix. Fortunately the weather has been ridiculously cold and I haven’t missed much macro action. I’ve been waiting for a whole year for my nan king cherry trees to blossom and attract the big buzzers. One of them showed up so I gave chase and nabbed a couple quick shots before he buzzed off for good. Our tulips in the front yard were also in full bloom, backlit wonderfully by early morning sunlight. And, this years crop of bush bunnies were also munching away. So I nabbed a couple shots of them too. All in all, not a bad little walk!