Bee Photography Tips

A friend was kind enough to send this impressionistic shot of a bee in flight over a sea of pink flowers.

The photographer, Ronan Palliser , provides a detailed explanation of the techniques used to take the photo and his musings about the challenges inherent in photographing bees and butterflies. It's a nice little conversation starter.

I've actually been pleasantly surprised at little camera-power I've needed to get some pretty cool shots of my honeybees and the local population of bumblebees and other flying insects. I certainly don't aspire to greatness on this front, but my little Canon Elph has come through well much of the time.

Patience is, perhaps, the most important ingredient for successfully photographing the fast-moving insects. A macro lens, even a basic macro setting option, helps too. Learning through time and observation how different insects move about is useful as well. In any event, it's fun to go outside, find some bees working the flowers, and snap a few photos in the least intrusive way possible.


Shakespearean Bee

Signage from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


Honeycomb on the Go

Whilst walking, minding my own beeswax, I happened upon these.


Kid Bees in NYC

My bro sent me this picture, taken over the weekend at some sort of eco-event at Madison Sq. Park in Manhattan.


Bookish Bees


Noble Skep

From the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where I was born and raised. Doorway of a bank, symbolizing hard work and thrift. Alas, the bank is now a Gap. So it goes.


Thrift Shop Bee Patch

Found in Bklyn, of course. So cool.