Brian's Photo Blog — Article 139
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Bees Make a Buzz In the Backyard!
Wednesday 1 August 2012   —   Category: Shooting
After eating our noontime meal of cheese fondue to celebrate Swiss National Day, I was looking out the window and admiring the nice flowers in the backyard. I especially liked the purple flowers next to, and contrasting with, the white ones.

There’s no time like the present, so I grabbed my camera and mounted my 12-​35​mm zoom lens (24-​70​mm equivalent), then headed out to see what I could see.

After I got my shot of the purple and white flowers together, I noticed that the purple ones were swarming with bees. Not wanting to get too close to the bees with my macro lens, I decided instead to use my most powerful telephoto, a 100-​300​mm zoom (200-​600​mm equivalent). I spent the next 10 to 15 minutes taking nearly 60 photos.

I haven’t used my new Olypus OM-D E-M5 camera very much yet, so I’m still getting used to how it works. For some reason I was having a fairly difficult time making the camera focus exactly where I wanted. I tried adjusting some of the settings, but it didn’t seem to help very much. I’m going to have to investigate and experiment some more to get that figured out.

With the high magnification of the lens combined with some serious cropping, I was able to produce some great low-resolution shots to share with you on this Web site. You can see the six final images in the Neighborhood 2012 photo album.
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