I have some luck with flying insects lately, I do not even have to leave the confines of my garden.
I unfortunately do not have a scientific name for this beauty, if you do please leave me a note and I’ll add it.
Shot in my garden.
I started today’s shooting with an exercise in pure futility.
An exercise in futility
I mounted a Canon EF 200mm f2.8 L to a Kenko Macro Extension Tube to a K&F Concept EF to NEX adapter to a Sony Alpha 6000…
Being stuck at f/2.8 in manual does not help when trying to catch flying insects, in fact I would not recommend it to anyone but as I noted it was an exercise in futility, I just had to try.
Onto today’s photo, this is the Xylocopa caffra also commonly known as the Carpenter Bee and this is a bee I would rather not argue with, large does not describe it, for a bee that is (2cm +)
Shot in my garden.
One, if not my biggest, pet peeve in the photography space is: Because you are known as a photographer, snapshots will not do!
But what if I wanted to share a memory, not a portfolio image?
No you cannot and will not publish that, says the masses!
So I am defying the masses, here is my macaw parrot snapshot!
I have been trying to get a bee in flight for about 4 days now, luckily I do not have to travel past my garden.
I found that Macro lenses are not good for this, they are too short and the depth of field is just not working out unless I put the ring flash. Imagine a bee being blasted by a ring flash! Poor bee…
So I changed my tactics, and dusted off my 100-400mm to eventually, with an enormous amount of patience and self control, catch this.
A little blur but very acceptable don’t you think?
Here is the most unimpressed and aptly named “grey go-away-bird” or better known as the “grey lourie” (Corythaixoides concolor) I ever had the chance to shoot.
This particular bird has recently appeared, far more prominent in the past 2 years, in my back yard. Though very noisy, a welcome addition.
On another note, I am getting to grips with the Canon EOS 70D, the focusing system seems a little different to what I am used to, add to that the fact I had not shot in a long while and you have a bunch of silly mistakes.
As a great many living on the South African highveld (or high plateau), I often move to my patio to enjoy the fresh air.
My house is located in the south part of Johannesburg near a natural reserve and that means there is a buzzing wildlife around me.
I see from the 2 legged to the 8, from insects to reptiles going past birds and mammals, all day long every day.
There are no large predators, I live in a built up area after all, but buzzing never the less.
I will be posting some of these creatures in a new category “From my Garden”
Today’s is the commonly seen “brown veined white butterfly” (Belenois aurota).
I just knew you all wanted a squirrel from Companies Garden in Cape Town, I just knew.
The next 12 days are going to be rather interesting I am off to Reunion Island, if you don’t know where that is click here, in short it’s off the coast of Africa (way off) in the Indian Ocean past Madagascar and is situated in France, yep it is an overseas department of France and in the infamous Euro zone. Weird I know!
Loads of shooting on the agenda and hopefully loads of good photos and stories to share!