We took a trip to the Wellington Botanical gardens a couple of weekends ago. Primarily to catch up with a good friend of ours, and to run off some of Leo’s energy but also because of my overwhelming addiction for taking macro photographs of flowers and other interesting things.
I do need to practice more patience when taking them and realise that one shot does not guarantee a great photo. I remember reading an interview with a photographer after they had won a National Geographic competition. They said that to get that one great photo that everyone lords over, can actually involve taken around a 100, to just get that one perfect one. Now I don’t generally have that much time. Not because I don’t have the patience to wait, but because I often have a toddler rushing round the place too, or vast groups of tourists also wanting to snap a picture, or because laying down the middle of train tracks isn’t considered too safe for long periods! 🙂
The live view screen on the back of my camera is proving to be very useful. Yes, most professional photographers would be scornful of its use, but it does mean you can lean over water and not worry about the contents of your pockets falling in or you yourself getting wet. Just remember to keep a firm grip on the camera. I guess the only other way around this would be a bigger zoom macro lens, but I pretty sure I’ve not deposited any $1000 cheques that are due to clear any time soon.
I also discovered that honey bees seem to be much more comfortable being photographed than bumble bee’s. There were quite a few buzzing around, and seemed at ease with the camera. One was even happy (that’s just me attributing human emotions to it), to have its photo taken. At one point I think I got so close that you can see its face squashed against the lens! Actually that was a joke; I’m always very careful to not get too close and risk stressing out what ever I’m trying to get a picture of. I’m not the paparazzi of the insect world hounding bees as they go about their daily business. Lol, part of me wanted to say something about following Justin Beeber or Beeoncé, but luckily I thought better of it 🙂
Anyway, you can see a couple of the better results below.