More bee images! The same bees, I’m afraid.

19th September 2012: I am not happy with the images in my previous two bee nest related posts. It has not been easy to achieve decent results with my 150 – 500 mm Sigma lens. I might be more successful if I photographed the nest in low early morning sunshine. Anyway, I decided to have a go with my 60 mm macro lens this evening, which necessitated my getting closer to the seething mass of honey bees than I really wanted to with my camera’s on-board flash.

Here are the results of my efforts, and I am not sure I am happy with these images either. The problem is that the nest is on the east side of a hawthorn bush. I should try shooting the nest between 9 am and 10 am I reckon.

It might be my imagination, but I am feeling there are fewer bees on the combs today; it might be that more of them are away foraging.




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10 Responses to More bee images! The same bees, I’m afraid.

  1. maybrick2001 says:

    Those are very nice shots, although I must confess to being more than a little creeped out large numbers of flying insects (with stings) crawling over each other.

    How do find the 150-500 sigma? I am looking to getting a big zoom and that one is a possibilty.


    • mike585 says:

      Thank you. If bees creep you out, it is better not to go near them. 😉

      The Sigma lens is OK. I don’t really have any problems with it. I have owned the lens for a few years, and I use it most days.


  2. Lisa says:

    Those pics turned out really nice! I bet those bees were noisy!! You are very brave photographing them!!


  3. Colline says:

    Wow! Stunning photos.


  4. zannyro says:

    This is just amazing 🙂 I think it’s perfect….


  5. Alex Jones says:

    These are great images. The bees must have glued that hive in well for the mass of bees, honey and comb must be heavy.


  6. mike585 says:

    Thanks, Alex. It is amazing what a colony of bees can achieve.


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