Late summer and early autumn mornings are a terrific time to photograph bees and other insects. The trick is to get out just before sunrise.
On these chilly mornings, the bees are in a state of stasis giving you the opportunity to shoot close up using your macro lens. If you pick the right location with a lot of blooming goldenrod and flowers, you should be able to photograph several bees before the sun warms up the bees.
Here are a few tips for shooting bees and other insects at sunrise.
- Use a tripod and a remote shutter release. The dim light just prior to sunrise will result in long exposures.
- Pick a morning with little wind or bring along a Wimberly Plamp to hold the branches steady. The movement of the branches from the wind can result in blurry photos in the dim light.
- Use a macro lens to get close to the bee. Use extension tubes to get really close.
- It’s all about the background. Make sure you have a clean, blurry background. Choose a composition without branches and grass close to the subject in the background.
- Experiment with several apertures to balance how much of the subject is in focus vs. a blurry background. You can also use the wide aperture shows to replace the background of a photo with a smaller aperture.
Written by Martin Belan
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