Truland Photography

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Bee Balm Studio

There's a patch of Bee Balm that I've been making photos of for several years now. It's not the blossoms so much as the insects which they attract.

The EOS 70D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens are a good combination for getting close up shots of the flowers and insects. The working distance is far enough that the insects aren't scared off and f/8 is needed for depth of field so the relative slowness of this consumer grade lens isn't an issue. The image stabilization and auto focus of this lens are the latest technology and better than some of the older professional grade lenses.

Here some images from last week preceded by an iPhone shot of the Bee Balm patch. The sun is in the upper left of the photo and shade from a Silver Maple not in the photo to the right creates the dark backgrounds. Shooting position is about at the edge of the shadow up the hill a bit.

All of these shots are f/8 and ISO 400. Shutter speeds are from 1/350 a second to 1/750 a second.




Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

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