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Weekend Wallpaper: Flight of the bumblebee

Flying bumblebee over a flowers–looks easy and in a way it is: just keep snapping at the little critter until you’ve got it in focus and in the right place, which means: in between visiting two flowers for nectar and with a reasonably ‘quiet’ background. But do you realise how fast these bumble bees fly? And how little time they need to hide themselves from your camera in another flower? Luckily modern cameras give you many shots per second at full resolution (sharpness!), and fast autofocus systems (not nearly fast enough though–you still need a lot of luck and a lot of pictures). So that’s what I did for this one: set the camera to hi-speed photographing, maximum aperture to get fastest shutter speeds, and just keep the button pressed! And delete all the bad ones…

Anyhow: hopefully “the flight of the bumble bee” is your kind of wallpaper!

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3 responses

  1. Magnificent!

    2012-08-05 at 15:45

  2. I’ve tried it and I can attest to the fact that it’s tough to catch one in mid-flight. What’s next, hummingbirds perhaps?

    2012-08-04 at 22:37

    • Hummingbirds are more than a challenge, if only because I’d have to travel far to see one 😉 Nature around my house is more accessible, and difficult enough for me to get in a picture. It makes you admire the patience but also the skill of pro photographers ever more!

      2012-08-05 at 06:27