I have to start this post with a comment about this summer’s weather … since that is always on everyone’s mind. Its been an amazing ride here in the Pacific Northwest, this morning I was dragged out of my deep 4 am sleep by the flashing of a lightning storm all around us. No rain, just high thunderheads putting on one amazing show ! Here we just don’t get that kind of weather, or the humidity we have had the last few days. Its been a refreshing change ~
And on to the task at hand: as you all know I have been out shooting in many gardens this year. Beautiful plants and garden designs, chatting with like-minded people. Totally a labor of love, from the passions in my life. (photography and gardening) Today I wanted to run some really neat photos by you, show them off a little and explain my process too. And ask for feedback. Please take the time to comment, let me know what you like and may like to see in a print.
One of the gardens I was in this week always seems to have the most interesting insects to see. In June I captured an image of a Crab spider, and now I had the chance to get up close and personal with a honeybee. He (she?) was feeding on the white and purple echinacia planted in the garden. I had my 50 mm macro lens on the camera and just settled in, shooting over 30 images altogether.
and as always, I will be in the garden if you need me ~
* click on the first thumbnail image to open the gallery carousel.
begin by planting a flower to invite the bees over
add a camera outfitted with a macro lens and a passionate photographer
take great image, punch op the colors and crop for a more interesting photo. (cropping brings the subject closer, giving focus to the story the photo tells)
don’t stop to think, because in nature the moments can pass by much too quickly
and sometimes you get lucky by capturing a great move, but oops ! the exposure is off .. so off to the editing table we go
If the shot is worth saving, it only takes a few moments to see that while editing. Here I just added some light, and punched up the colors just a bit. One of the things I really liked about this shot is the crumbs of pollen on the petals of the flower
and sometimes I just have to have a little fun! (add some enhancements and make something different from the already extraordinary image )
Back to work gathering pollen for the bee, shooting the action for me
Up close and personal, the lighting was perfect for the wings on this bee.
I love the way the focus drops off towards the top of this image
Maybe we were getting tired, the bee and I … I didn’t take as many on the purple bloom.
From the first to the last photo, I really liked the way the lighting worked for this series. So many photographers don’t shoot in bright afternoon light, but overcast days just don’t sparkle the way sunny ones do.