|Peony "Dawn Pink"|
Usually when there is movement in a photograph I've taken, it means my hand was shaking or I had the camera set to the wrong shutter speed. I've deleted dozens of such photographs. Who knew?
I love taking pictures but when it comes to any skill as a photographer, I'm still a rank amateur who has only a minimal understanding of the capabilities of my Rebel XT (which I've only had for 6 years). The GGW contests are a great mini-tutorial and a chance for me to practice what the guest experts preach.
When I first thought about this contest, I was hoping to catch our fledgling birds in flight in our garden. I had visions of their fluttering wings, a blur as they flew past, their adorable torsos crisply in focus in front of the Japanese maple. That pipe dream never materialized. You don't want to know how much time I spent sitting patiently near the pond, watching them through the view finder of my camera but unable to capture a single decent shot. My reflexes are too slow, and hundreds of images ended up banished to the Recycle Bin.
I watched him for several minutes and captured him flitting and flying from blossom to blossom, rolling around in the pollen, and generally having a high old time all by himself. I shot nearly 200 digital frames and managed to catch several fabulous shots of him.
Check out the rest of these bee-autiful peony blooms. The last photograph is the one I am submitting to the contest.
|This is the image I chose as my contest entry. You can see the blur of the bee's wings and I like the way his profile (and all that pollen) is captured in his shadow.|