My mind has been on DSLRs this week, and with the help of my friend and professional photographer Mark Stothard I’ve been trying to work out what brand, what camera, what I want to photograph and all the other decisions that need to be made when buying a DSLR camera. It was so much simpler when buying a compact, though from my escapades over the years you’d be right to doubt that, because when you buy a DSLR, you buy into a whole system of lenses, flashes and many more things that can could drain your bank account in the blink of an eye.
Until I do decide what will be my next step in my photographic journey, it’s my trusty Panasonic TZ10 that I am using and it’s this feature packed compact that I took out at lunch time. I went to my usual stomping ground near work where I found the guys I had been looking for; bees, and lots of them. The bigger bumble bees eluded me this time. While I did manage to get a few half decent shows, it was only when I looked at the vastly superior photos I’d taken of the smaller honey bees that I realised the others weren’t up to scratch.
The honey bees were less bothered by me sticking my camera into their personal space where as the bumble bees would fly off, and sometimes towards me, before I could get close enough. If I’d looked at the photos properly before coming back to the office I’d have moved that thistle which is present in the bottom of the second and third photos, but for now I’ll just pretend it was intended feature of the snaps.
So, introduction over with, here are three photos of honey bees I took just an hour ago – not bad for a compact. As always, click to enlarge.