Thursday, November 10, 2011

this or that thursday

It's been a busy week with little time for taking photos so I was glad I had my camera with me when I took Mason for an orthodontist checkup. These little bees were buzzing around the mexican heather outside the office so while he was inside, I was trying to capture one of these guys. I took a lot of bad, blurry pics. I should have been using a faster shutter speed. I was shooting in aperture priority mode and I didn't notice that my shutter speed was ranging between 1/60 and 1/100. The former was way too slow for moving bees and the latter was cutting it close. I lucked out and captured these two in a moment when they were sort of still. Next time I want to get closer... I'll probably end up getting stung eventually, but if I get a good shot, it'll be worth it!








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  • link up a photo that was taken by you
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70 comments:

  1. Actually deb, your shots turned out much better than the ones I took on a higher speed, so think those bees were trying hard to cooperate. Very nice!

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  2. Oh Deb these are great.
    I think it's very frustrating trying to get pictures of bees, etc. They generally move when I am ready to hit the button lol. Mind you that's something I won't have to worry about since winter is nearly here!! Oh well, I'm sure I'm sure I'll find something else to take pictures of :))

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  3. So pretty Deb, have a great day.

    Tiffany

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  4. Gorgeous shots, so lovely summery colors.

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  5. I think I wouldn't want to get any closer! You got some fantastic shots. I like the way these turned out.

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  6. Lovely bright colors for the grey a dreary day we have here today. Love the macro of the bee, great captures!

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  7. Oh so pretty, it'll be awhile before I get to see that again :)

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  8. That's so beautiful! The color of flowers is fantastic, and the bee is very pretty.

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  9. All you need is one sharp one, so a hundred blurry ones still yielded an excellent shot. I just love the detail you capture in the second one.

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  10. Beautiful shots. You are so talented! I worked hard to captured bees over the summer and came up short. It's no easy task!

    Have a super day ;)

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  11. oh you are very brave - I stay clear of bees!

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  12. Fantastic colors and a wonderful focus on the bee. Amazing !

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  13. Loving your "Indian Summer." Lovely shots, Deb. :)

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  14. These are so gorgeous!! Love them.

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  15. Those are great shots, Deb. Don't worry about being stung. I take shots of bees, wasps and hornets all the time. Some of them even smile. I captured some shots of monkeys with their babies and posted them today. One of the babies is a new born, probably a day old. Your photo quality is a whole lot better than mine. Need to brush up. Thanks for the tips here.

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  16. These are great shots! Bees are tricky. I always think I'm going to get stung too!

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  17. Hi Deb,
    Awesome shots! Glad you didn't get stung. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought

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  18. Really lovely shots - especially the first one, the depth of field just makes this photo, as well as the defining flower stem and the pretty purple, oh, and the bee. So basically everything you've done with your shot just makes it a beautiful shot (maybe I should have just said that in the first place!)

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  19. very pretty. still looks like spring. :)

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  20. I love how we would have NO idea you are just outside the orthodontist office. ;) Gorgeous!

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  21. Great shots of the bees. I hope you don't get stung!

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  22. Really lovely bee captures! I've tried aperture priority mode a few times and always get stuck with too low of shutter speeds. Glad you still were able to get some great bee shots!

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  23. Beautiful and what a crisp clear photo Deb despite that lower shutter speed and so well worth the wait.

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  24. Exquisite ...! Beautiful light, delicious approach. Delicious flower. I like it that way, with the fly.

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  25. Your pictures are always breathtaking! Love!!

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  26. Bees and I did not have a good relationship this past Summer well maybe they did w/me being I was stung twice! Kind you not and mind you in the matter of like 2 weeks lol.. BUT regardless these pictures are so beautiful makes me want to find that spot and just sit and enjoy (preferably not near the bees lol)

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  27. Bzzz...awesome bee shots! I love that you had your camera at the orthodontist! I've got to start carrying mine around with me more often.

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  28. Lovely shots and brave photographer : )

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  29. The colors are just beautiful. Did you adjust the saturation?

    Question for you: do you ever feel "weird" taking pics of random things in such random places as the orthodontist's office? I do and it's something I need to get over if I'm ever going to improve my photography skills.

    Love your blog.

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  30. I, too, have bee photos this week.
    Your photos show the bees working in their surroundings which is great.
    I only captured my bees because the weather was cool so they were moving s.l.o.w.l.y.
    As you probably know, Deborah means bee.
    I've used a bee as my signature on my Blessings cards for years.
    Love them (but not their stings)

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  31. Two fabulous photographs, but I am transfixed on the second. I love how the wings are so transparent that the body can be seen through them. I love the glow they have. Wonderful.

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  32. Wow, these are so crisp and clear. I love them. Bees are really hard to capture - you did a great job!

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  33. Nice job... not blurry at all which was lucky for that shutter speed perhaps. I took a load of Bee photo's in the summer... I was scared to get close, but became braver and got stung by a wasp believe it or not ! ha.
    joined in with ur link up party - thx for hosting! ;-)

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  34. the color is amazing! love this picture

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  35. Wow! Those are stunning!! There are some great plants outside my ortho's office, but it's already past the time to see creatures and such!

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  36. But you managed to get some great shots! Those bees are tricky little things.

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  37. Memories of spring! Beautiful!

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  38. I'm a bit late...I love your macro bee, the flowers are gorgeous too :)

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  39. As much as bugs give me the creeps, the artful way you photograph them is beautiful!

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  40. Great bee captures! (Even though I'm scared to death of them!) I love the purples and greens in this. They complement each other very nicely. :)

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  41. Great job capturing these little insects.
    Beautiful colors and bokeh.

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  42. Very lovely shots! I f I want to take photos of bees,I want to avoid to be stung by bees.

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  43. Hi! I tried my first upload but it was not became good. So I tried again. Please delete No97.

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  44. Wonderful shots!!
    I love photographing bees! I am allergic so it's risky (my best bee macros are with my 55-250 lens - safe distance but great clear shots)

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  45. Gorgeous summery shots, so lovely!
    Happy Friday! :)

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  46. Your macro shots are killing me - love it.

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  47. such cheerful and inspiring shots!
    simply stunning!

    have a great day!

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  48. Beautiful shots. As always,thanks for sharing the information on the settings. It is always such a help. :) Once again you provide some serious inspiration.

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  49. Thanks for the nice comment on my "Boulders". NZ is definitely worth visiting.
    Beautiful pics - love the soft-sharp contrast. and the colours are amazing.

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  50. Wow, those are some great shots, Deb.

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  51. These are great! And the flowers are still so beautiful!

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  52. oh - these are SO beautiful!!!

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