Bees on Pongamia – 2016

Well, I had to add the year as I already did one last year. This year, again I shot some of them. I did one run last week, but that was a total dud. There were 85 shots taken, barely half a dozen were decent. The camera aperture number was higher which meant I lost a lot to focusing. Today, there were a lot more flowers, and the lighting was good as I tried before 9 AM. And the aperture was at the lowest possible on the lens, at 5.6. I used macro on the lens which helped get focus this close. I shot 15-20, almost all of them were good.

I also shot 2 videos on the phone. They were that close.

The photos:
On this the bee leans on a leaf as it injects its syringe-like proboscis into the stem of the flower.


This is the whole bee as it balances on the flower while sucking from it.

And the top view. This was a Hail Mary shot, turned out just fine.

Another one from the back just as it is about to fly away. You can see the wings fluttering now.
And the last, as it is busy sucking away from the stem. Note the fine hair on its legs.

The videos:
Both are slo-mos shot with the iPhone 6 camera. Please to watch them on HD as otherwise it would be pretty grainy.

And this one is the most recent:


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