Have you Ever Chased a Bee with a Camera?

@bagarad (13032)
Paso Robles, California
January 13, 2018 1:55am CST
As I was taking photographs at City Park on a photo walk yesterday, I stopped at a hedge of rosemary. At first I had planned to get a macro of a rosemary flower, but then I saw the bee. It never fails. When I see a bee foraging in the herbs, something makes me try to photograph it. The only problem is that when I finally get in focus, it moves to another flower. I am never sure whether it will fly to the next flower before or after I click. This is my twelfth shot of this bee. Do you try to photograph insects that like to move frequently? What has your experience with them been?
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@JudyEv (141253)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Vince has lots of photos of bees in flowers. Maybe Australian bees take longer to fill their containers or whatever.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jan
Hmmm! Perhaps. Maybe it depends upon the amount of nectar or pollen in the flower.
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@JudyEv (141253)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@bagarad That would make sense.
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• Preston, England
22 Jan
@bagarad bees clearly specialize. A bee drawn to tulips will ignore roses etc
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@LadyDuck (187952)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
I fail most of the time trying to get a photo of the bees, the dragonflies are easier, because they stay still longer.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jan
Bees don't stay still very often, though they hang around dandelions longer than they do on rosemary flowers.
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@LadyDuck (187952)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
@bagarad They move all the time in the garden, from flower to flower, they are cute.
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@Shavkat (66889)
• Philippines
13 Jan
I think I can never have a good snapshot of a bee. It seems bees are always having a 'flapping contest.'
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
They certainly do flap -- just as I get them in focus.
@silvermist (20096)
• India
13 Jan
Never have photographed bees.But then I have not tried.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
Try it sometime. You might even catch one if you can get the timing right.
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
17 Jan
@bagarad I think I should try it.At least it would be a good exercise,even if I end up not succeeding.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Jan
@silvermist You can't run very fast while chasing them or you will be ahead of them.
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• Preston, England
18 Jan
impresive - I don't do macro-photography myself - but this is very good
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
19 Jan
Thank you. I actually have better bee photos, but I didn't take them on this particular day. They tend to stay still longer on dandelions than on rosemary or sage.
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• Preston, England
19 Jan
@bagarad great that you know the best places to look
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
20 Jan
@arthurchappell It comes from lots of experience in the same places.
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@rebelann (43581)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Jan
Bees are hard to photograph but I've tried many many times and once in a while I actually get lucky.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
The bigger the plant, the luckier I am. They seem to stay longer on larger plants.
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@rebelann (43581)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Jan
I just stay in one spot with my camera aimed at a black eyed susan and when they start buzzing around I start to snap shots @bagarad I actually got a few somewhat good shots of them.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
@rebelann I was sort of doing that when I shot this bee. I stopped at one point in the hedge and just kept shooting, hoping I'd score a good shot.
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@1hopefulman (34796)
• Canada
14 Jan
I love to take pictures but have not taken pictures of insects. I guess it would be quite difficult.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
It all depends. The larger insects often stay still longer. I got some good photos of a mantis on my mullein plant. The insects that crawl or walk instead of primarily flying are easier. It's the little flying insects that are always moving.
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@1hopefulman (34796)
• Canada
15 Jan
@bagarad I may try taking some pictures of insects in the summer and see how it goes.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Jan
@1hopefulman I wish you luck. It's not too hard to capture them.
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@allknowing (72884)
• India
13 Jan
Not a bee but a bumblebee Chasing a bee must have been a time consuming process.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
I'm not as brave when photographing bumblebees. They are more dangerous, but I have caught a few.
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@allknowing (72884)
• India
14 Jan
@bagarad You can use the zoom feature for such captures. I do that.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
@allknowing I think I have done that on occasion.
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@beenice2 (2482)
• Canada
6 Sep
Barbara, I love your photo you took from the rosemary , it is a work of art.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
12 Sep
Thank you, Francine. I'd already forgotten I took this photo, but I always like getting photos of my busy buzzy friends.
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@beenice2 (2482)
• Canada
12 Sep
@bagarad Glad That you enjoy taking pictures.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Sep
@beenice2 I definitely do enjoy it.
@Hannihar (46124)
24 Jun
@bagarad Bees like to follow me. I am not a bee person. It I tried to photograph it it would probably want to come after me. So if you see someone running for their life and a bee behind them that would be me.
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@Hannihar (46124)
24 Jun
@bagarad Thanks for that Barbara.
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@Icydoll (27569)
• India
14 Jan
I tried to take picture of butterfly ..
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
Looks to me like you succeeded pretty well, though I can see it wasn't completely still when you shot it. Heck! I have that problem with leaves and flowers. As soon as I'm ready to shoot the wind blows and the shot is ruined. All I have to do to create a breeze is get my camera aimed at a plant part for a macro.
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@aureliah (20774)
• Kenya
13 Jan
On the contrary I run away from the bees with my camera hahaha
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
I can understand that.
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@aureliah (20774)
• Kenya
14 Jan
@bagarad great
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@andriaperry (63459)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Jan
I am guilty of chasing bees. I wanted a photo too!
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
Did you catch any?
@shaggin (39611)
• United States
14 Jan
They are hard to get photos of as like you said they move so quickly from flower to flower. Butterfly's are hard as well.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
I've caught a few of the larger ones with my camera, but the smaller ones are more like the bees.
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• Austin, Texas
14 Jan
LOL. I don't chase bees. I let them fly as far away from me as they can.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
I feel that way about bumblebees, hornets, and wasps.
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@cttolledo (5049)
• Philippines
13 Jan
I haven't tried that but for sure it's kinda hard
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
It is hard, but sometimes I do catch them.
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@Susan2015 (22170)
• United States
13 Jan
What a good picture that is too. I try to take pics of some of the birds at the feeders but they seem to hear or see me at the window. Or when I go out, I scare them away even if I'm trying to be quiet.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
Thank you. I have the same problem with birds.
@marlina (80526)
• Canada
13 Jan
Never chased a bee but I did chase butterflies and was never successful. Congratulations for catching that bee.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
I think it was a happy accident. I just kept shooting and hoped something would still be there or just have landed where I snapped.
@JohnRoberts (67006)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Jan
No, it's hard enough to get a cat to sit still sometimes.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
That's true. Especially if they know I'm trying to take pictures of them. But puppies are really hard.
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@Morleyhunt (19266)
• Canada
13 Jan
The only " bugs" I deliberately photograph are butterflies, a huge moth and a couple of years ago a praying mantis. My camera is just a point and shoot....no bells and whistles.
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@bagarad (13032)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
My camera is also a point and shoot. I can't afford a better one right now. I misplaced my favorite camera that I knew how to use well, also a point and shoot, but it wasn't as complicated for me to learn as the Canon Powershot I'm using now.
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