So long, and thanks for all the pollen

It turns out that capturing a photo of a flying insect is VERY hard.

I got several nice shots of this critter prior to take-off, but this was as close as I could get to having him in focus whilst in flight. Not too bad, but I’m going to keep trying.

I’m hoping some day to get that kind of clarity on a flying bee… that would be very cool.




  1. Very nice shot. I’ve tried my hand at taking pictures of small things using the macro mode of my digital camera, but mine doesn’t come close to what you have here. I like the title too, it kinda reminds me of that song in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” movie.

  2. Yes, it is very hard to get shot of insects as they move too fast. But second picture is almost perfect.

  3. Oh my goodness.. I am TERRIFIED of bees, so I don’t think I could even get close enough to one to take this kind of picture. Gorgeous, though! :)

  4. It’s so fluffy!!!!

  5. Awesome pictures. I imagine it would be very tough to get a clear picture of anything in flight. I’m sure you have to have great equipment and a little luck. I’ll be checking back in the future to see if you get any. Love your site! Great pics.

  6. It’s really hard to take pictures that are in motion. I tried it before and the photo was really bad. However, eventually i learned how to do it. It’s really true that practice makes perfect. Hopefully in your case, you’ll learn how to do it as well.

  7. Great photos! Especially first one – it’s very difficult to catch flying Bee. “Houston, 5 seconds – everything is OK” :)

  8. It’s funny, because I’m usually really scared of bees, but this one doesn’t look so bad! That last picture even makes him look kind of cute – all fuzzy and stuff. Go figure!

  9. Completely agree with you… it is so hard to take a picture of an insect. Think that you did a really good job here.

  10. Wow impressive! Bees are so small and can move so fast, I’m impressed you were able to catch him in flight as clearly as you did! And the still shot is just really great, I always love seeing little things get blown up in focus like this.

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