Trying to catch a bee in flight…

Is not easy!  I stalked this one bee (again in my neighbor’s garden; they tolerate me so well) for the longest in the hopes of getting THE shot of it in flight.  I was able to capture the coneflowers and the bee on the coneflowers just fine but the bee in flight? Not yet…at least not the way I want to capture it.  I did learn something about bees and these flowers.  They land on them and will completely circle the flower; tongue darting in and out rapidly while their bodies and legs get dusted with pollen before ending at the top where they fly off to the next one.

I’m determined to capture one in flight.  Anyone have any tips for this?

Can't a bee gather in peace?

Can’t a bee gather in peace?

That does it.  I'm out of here!

That does it. I’m out of here!

Wait! That looks good over there.

Wait! That looks good over there.

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21 Responses to Trying to catch a bee in flight…

  1. Cindi says:

    I think you captured a great moment of flight for your bee friend — I particularly like the last one. Its wings are so translucent!

  2. Nice job – I’ve no secrets, other than patience.

  3. bulldog says:

    A tip …. yes…. keep trying, although those that you did capture don’t look at all bad to me….

  4. Love it! And am so glad my 6 y.o. did not see this as she would freak out…she HATES bees! Meanwhile, I think they are really cool.-Ashley

  5. DeDivahDeals says:

    Great job – fine catch!

  6. Ingrid says:

    I think you did a mighty fine job 🙂

  7. Patience Grasshopper; Patience. I’ve only managed to capture a bee in flight once and it took some time! I won’t hijack your post but if you’d like to see it e-mail me and I’ll send you the link to where the images are posted. 😀

    • Thank, Sensei 😉 I went to your blog and keyed in bee and I think I found it. Nice! But I went someplace else and did better at the capture…I think. Will post soon and you all can tell me how I did.

  8. gtonthenet says:

    I found that chasing bees to catch them in flight was an exercise in frustration. Your focus has to be so sharp to get them right, and all that moving around played hell with my autofocus. I believe the best way is to set up and focus on a suitable flower, and let your subject come to you. Just be prepared to watch bees fly to every one except the one you have focused on 🙂

    • Yanno……on my second try I tried that and the little blighters mocked me! They stuck their little bee tongues out at me! But I think I did better this time. Had to set my shutter speed up really high.

  9. Jan Eek says:

    Oh. I like that! Very good photography……Beatiful pictures.

  10. Mark Myers says:

    Amazing pics. I like the one where he is fed up with you and leaving…

  11. Nancy says:

    Nice job… a bee in flight is indeed quite difficult to capture. But YOU did IT!! 🙂

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