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.