I still meet up regularly with a group of school friends, some of which go way back to my infant school years. Like me, life has been kind to them and they don’t look a day over 21-years (ah hem!!) – well all except one poor chap, Ricky Haynes, who has always been a little on the slow side.
Anyhow, when I posted my last video on the honeybees (http://vimeo.com/37314982) Ricky was simply unable to spot the ones with bulging pollen sacks – so I went back to the hives today and filmed some close ups for him.
This was really another excuse for me to experiment with some of the DSLR toys I’ve been collecting over recent years. Getting up really close to the bees was a job for my macro tube which I bought new from eBay for just a couple of pounds. When connected to my vintage Fujinon 200mm f4.5 lens it enabled me to get a big enough shot without upsetting the bees too much and having to put my bee suit and clobber on.
With the cropped sensor of the Canon 550D, the 200mm lens is the equivalent of a 320mm lens on a full frame sensor camera. In real terms this meant I could position the camera about 3-feet away from the entrance to the hive. Sticking the same macro tube on my 50mm lens would have meant having to getting the camera about 6-inches away. I tried that – and the bees didn’t like it much.
So – result is I’m now a bit more practised in the use of the macro tube and Ricky Haynes will now know what a honeybee laden with pollen looks like when one lands on the end of his nose!