Saturday, January 12, 2013

Loquat Flowers and Bees

Okay, let's get started introducing you to my blog post for today. In my front yard, I have a loquat tree growing. Every fruit bearing tree flowers, and that means bees! :) I decided to get some macro shots of the flowers and the bees collecting nectar. Here are my results! All of these photos are taken with the help of a pair of Kenko Extension Tubes and my Canon Speedlite 600EX RT. Please enjoy!

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 At first I just took a few macros of the flower because I didn't find a bee on the tree (it is winter). 

Then I saw a few bees come and I started taking photos. Sadly the first few, I messed up on my flash settings and all the photos were extremely underexposed. I had to lighten them in Camera RAW which is why there are so much noise in this photo. 

These photos have high noise due to the same reason. 

Finally on the last 2, I figured biasing the flash by 3-stops fixed the bad lighting. :) Yay for the strong Canon Speedlite 600EX RT.

This is all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed these macro photos of the loquat flower and bees. :) Once the fruit starts growing, I will take some photos of them and show it to you guys! Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.