Bees (Two Photographs and a word about Close-up/Macro Photography)
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When I started doing close-up photography of insects it was clear that with many subjects the eyes would not be seen without flash. Professional portrait photographers have a lot of tools to get a catch light in people’s eyes and I do not see why it should not be the same for bees. Using flash also means highlighting the things insects pick up along the way. I learned from professional entomologists who photograph insects indoors, that they spend a lot of time and effort cleaning the insects before shooting them. It’s unbelievable what shows up after sharpening, some of it is just plain dust and not pollen. Digitally cleaning the photograph after sharpening can be time-consuming. Bees are great subjects especially when preoccupied. In this and other examples where the subject gives me a chance, I will wait and anticipate the bee coming face to face with my camera. This bee did not stay very still even while it collected the pollen. In these two shots the bee performed meticulously and we both got what we wanted.