I saw these foxgloves at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and noticed all the honey and bumblebee's pollinating them and I really, really wanted to get a shot of one flying into one of these spotted beauties. After walking back and forth for a little bit, I chose the best group of flowers from an aesthetic point of view and then picked out which 3 or 4 of them would probably present the best opportunity to capture a bumblebee flying into one (the honeybees were just too small to make any impact on this kind of shot from the distance I was standing). Then I spent the next few hours taking what turned out to be tons of out of focus shots of bumblebees entering the targeted bulbs. A few shots came out sharp, and this one was DEFINITELY the best of the lot. My trick here was zooming out to ease my response time as trying to let my camera autofocus for me just wasn't working, so I took to moving my head back and forth instead. Hence the 2 hours, much of which was spent rubbing my neck and stretching! (I would have loved to use my tripod, but understandably it's not allowed on these narrow walkways). Once I got home I cropped the picture back down on my computer.
As I've told some of my admiring friends before, what often separates people who enjoy shooting nature photography from those who don't is, those that lack the qualities of patience and persistence never survive the trials and move on to some other hobby.
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