Bumblebee, West Sussex

Bumblebee, Front Garden, West Sussex May 2020
Bumblebee, Front Garden, West Sussex May 2020

Today, I have been trying to photograph bees, which I thought would be an easy subject – but isn’t.

Although they don’t require lengthy travel to locate, or require model releases, there are a number of challenges to be overcome.

Firstly, they are quite small, so you need a close-up lens to be able to see anything.

Secondly, you need to be able to follow when they are and point the camera to the correct place. For some reason I thought they just float about – but on closer observation I am reminded of the phrase “Busy as a bee”. They just zip about!

Thirdly, you need quick reflexes and a fast reacting camera to catch them at the right moment.

I started off using a proper camera, but then changed to my phone because I found it easier to follow movement on the screen and in burst mode, I can choose the “right” moment. There is a sacrifice in quality, but I think it looks – OK.

Full Moon, West Sussex

Full Moon, West Sussex April 2020

I’ve photographed these trees a few times. Usually during the day. On this occasion, there was a full moon and a clear sky.

During the lockdown I’ve been using my phone for most of my pictures and by and large I am happy with the results. I don’t chimp much, so I only usually know what I’ve got when I get home and upload to my computer. In my memory, the Moon looked larger – it could be because phones use a fairly wide-angle lens. It is an irony, that this looks, like a simple picture but I know my phone was doing all sorts of complex processing to produce this picture.

When the lockdown ends, what do you think it will be like? I’m looking forward to visiting new places, or maybe revisiting places I’ve been before.

Daisies, West Sussex

Daisies, West Sussex May 2020

I found these dasies quite close to where I live, peeking out of the hedge. They remind me of childhood drawings of flowers, with pure whites and warm sun-yellows, which contrast nicely with the deep green of the hedge. I love looking at the details on the foreground daisy!

Tree at Sunset, West Sussex

Tree at Sunset, West Sussex May 2020

Whether through design or cirumstance, seem to be photographing sunsets lately. In the UK, we have had sunshine for most of the lockdown period, which has made for some golden sunsets (see above).

I’m wondering if the air is a little clearer because there are fewer cars on the roads – in the evening, there is very little traffic these days – bicycles seem to be the most popular form of transport.

I don’t know when lockdown will end – could be June- but I have the feeling it may be a while, I am looking forward to pictures of people, but I think I will miss quiet walks and clear skies.

Leaves, West Sussex

Sycamore Leaves, West Sussex May 2020

Like most people, my outdoor photography has been restricted by the lock-down. Which is why I have been posting pictures of things I’ve seen on my exercise walks. I could post things from the past – places I’ve been – but it feels irrelvant at the moment.

This is a picture of some leaves on a sycamore tree. Initially I thought it was a maple (because of the shape), but if you look closely, you can see some seeds – which is the giveaway.

Two Trees, West Sussex

Backlit Trees, West Sussex, May 2020

Because of restrictions, I find myself walking in the same places most of the time. Everytime I pass these two trees, they feel like a contrasting pair.

Although it is early summer, as you can see with the dew on the grass, early in the morning, it is still cool.

Red Leaves and Blue Sky

Tree, West Sussex, 1st May 2020

I’m trying to remember which philosopher it was who talked about the power of being able to see the world a-new. Right now, we are all quite restricted where we can go and I find myself trying to find a new view of familar places. This morning I was rewarded with a blue sky to contrast with the red leaves. If I am being a techie, I notice that the scene shows additive primary colours (RGB).

What have you been intersted in during the lockdown?

Where I live (quite rural but near a large town), I see lots of families walking and riding bicycles in the sunshine.

Another Tree in the Park

Tree, West Sussex April 2020

This is another early morning picture, seemingly they only kind I take these days. Like many people, with the lockdown, lots of the things I do has changed. Prior to the last couple of posts, nearly all my photos came from dedicated cameras, mostly of places I have visited rather than near where I live. Whereas now, I post pictures from my local area using my phone. There aren’t many people around, so they don’t feature so much these days either. I can see that I am photographing a lot more nature as well.