Bee's Head

Bee on a Daisy

Nikon D7100
Nikkor 100mm F4
F8 1/250sec 500-ISO 1.6 comp

I'm on a Macro kick again. Always happens at this time
of the year.
I find doing macro work is a solitary experience. I'm
focused on finding a subject amongst the stalks and
leaves, my head low looking down, my back visible to any
passer by riding or walking by.
I had an attempted mugging last year. A guy demanding my
camera in a very aggressive manner, I jumped to my feet
and held out my hand to keep him at distance from
grabbing my camera. I put the camera strap around my
neck, releasing the camera from my hook. He saw the
flash of my stainless steel hook in I was wearing, did a
double take, then a step back. He turned and walked away
without another word. It took a while before my
adrenaline died down, hand shaking heart racing. I lost
my focus and couldn't think about photography. I decided
to call it a day. Watch your back.

Posted by S Roter on Fri, 06/22/18 13:11
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 06/22/18 14:04

Your macro work is quite striking with the detailed views that are captured. I like the contrast here between the darkened form of the bee and the yellow heart of the daisy and there is the plus once again of the textural sense of the image.

That is quite the experience you had. When I was just a young man working in a gas station I had the experience of being robbed while being threatened with one of the old large glass soft drink bottles. I felt very much like you did with the adrenaline pumping, my hands shaking and my heart racing. Not something I would wish on anyone.

Comments by Gerry Vrbensky on Fri, 06/22/18 22:37

Beautiful macro, nicely captured.

My favourite is night photography but my better half has talked me out of going for just the same reason as you have experienced. I'm not sure
what I would have done as in your case but thankfully nothing bad happened other than a scare.

Comments by Jeff Dye on Fri, 06/22/18 23:15

Super tack sharp. It really emphasizes the intricate construction of these creatures. I'm glad
you came through the robbery attempt without injury or loss of your gear. I also have a
renewed interest in macro. Google Mike Moats Photography for inspiring macro work. I was
planning on buying a new macro lens (probably the Tamron 90) but starting working my
Tamron 16-300 at it closest focusing distance (less than 15" at all focal lengths) and have
been impressed so far plus I saved a lot of money.

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Sat, 06/23/18 09:39

Great details on the bee's head. Good job.

Glad you are ok after that unfortunate event. We must all be very aware of our surroundings when shooting with expensive gear.

Comments by Bruce Hunter on Sat, 06/23/18 14:33

Wow viewer the feeling of having been shrunk down to
the size of an ant.....and released into a macro world.

Comments by S Roter on Tue, 07/03/18 19:11

Thank you for your comments.
Jeff, I see other photogs using telephoto lenses 200-500mm or
100-400mm, and seen the results. The images are not bad at all,
still, I find them not equal to a good Macro lens. Holding a lens
of that size does not look too comfortable for a prolonged period
of time. I did take a look at Mr Moats's images, impressive to
say the least.
Gerry, I used to do night photography back in the 80's, on Mt
Royal 2:00am to 4:00am at night in Montreal. I carried a monopod
along with me for 'just in case' scenarios. Nothing ever