So as I crouch down in an awkward position trying not to tip over, camera in hand. I chase around a busy little honey bee, I stop to watch it munch away on some tasty pollen and think to myself. Without these little guys, there would be no flowers, no plants. If there were no flowers what would I take pictures of? These amazing little creatures do more than strike fear into the majority of the population; they keep the planet alive or at least play a huge role in keeping us alive.
It’s a hot summer day and the buzz of the bees calm the air, while the flowers fill my view with bursts of colour. Purple lavenders are the focus of my photoshoot today as they are bee’s favourite snack, which I don’t blame them as they smell beautiful. Bees are probably one of the hardest things to take pictures of; they are so busy and focused on their honey that they don’t have time to stop and smile for my camera. So I suggest practicing awkward squats for long periods of time as well as fast movements and maybe swearing as one may get curious and come to check you out, but don’t worry honey bees and bumble bees are actually very submissive so there is nothing to be afraid of. A bee dies if it stings you so it will not sting you unless you provoke it to do so. Wasps, on the other hand, are often aggressive and are more likely to sting. Try not to get them mixed up when taking pictures; they especially do not like their pictures were taken.
It took me about a year to master this art and still I have days where I might spend hours upon hours with bees and go home with three good photos. But everyone has to start somewhere, and even if you only know how to turn your camera on and as long as it is in auto you know how to work it, that’s alright you’ll be able to take good photos.
With technology these days we tend not to think about printing but again with technology, there are so many new ways to print. Metal is probably one of my favourite things to print on, the pop of the colours will make your photos look so vibrant. Curved metal is great for your work desk or your fireplace mantel. You can either throw it up on Facebook for the world to see or hold it in your hands to show it off at work or at home, to me that is worth it.
Submitted by Nicole Stratton