The latest camera modifications

Now weighing in at 6 pounds 8 ounces! So, this is a Canon 6D with my trusty MP-E 65mm 1x-5x macro zoom lens, and the MT-24EX dual macro flash. The flash heads are attached to FotoPro DMM-903 macro flash arms, and have been modified with extra diffusion and light bouncing material inside, fronted by a pair … Continued

Bee macro photography tips

Long, long ago, I used Fuji Velvia slide film with a Minolta X-700 and standard lens, along with a set of three different add-on magnification filters for occasional macro shots (in the rainforests of Trinidad and Tobago!)  When I first went digital, I used a simple digital point-and-shoot camera (a Canon SD450).  It had a … Continued

A little more about Elise Fog

I recently wrote a guest post for the Capital Institute, focusing mainly on how my photographic observations have led to my bee advocacy work at savebees.buzz and on Twitter @savebees If you’re interested in learning a bit more about me, check out the story here: Seeing is beelieving  I also wrote a second short companion … Continued

EU vote banning neonicotinoids

It’s a step in the right direction, though it’s a long path ahead yet (update: see Greenpeace EU Media Briefing). Our poor bee populations (both managed and wild) are particularly sensitive to the toxins we’ve been spreading throughout our environment. Three pesticides (thiamethoxam, clothianidin, and imidacloprid), all in the class of neonicotinoids, are clearly implicated … Continued

Where solitary bees sleep at night

Some bees may sleep in a flower, but other bees simply desire a somewhat sheltered place above the ground, without relying on a flower’s amenities (pollen, nectar, self-closing petal doors!) This solitary cuckoo bee is a case in point. I took this series of photos over the course of several minutes last April (there being … Continued

Attracting native pollinators

Recently published (March 2011), the Xerces Society’s new book Attracting Native Pollinators is a beautiful and rich (380 pages!) source of information and inspiration on pollinators and creating their habitat. Together with their new Seed Store (which will soon be including smaller amounts more suitable to smaller spaces), these two resources from the Xerces Society … Continued

A buggy looking camera

This isn’t exactly a buzzy moment, but I thought I’d post a photo of my current camera gear (along with my most recent customizations :) What you see here is a Canon EOS 40D with an MP-E 65mm macro zoom lens and an MT-24EX flash controller for the two macro flash heads on the ring … Continued

Where bumble bees sleep at night

A closed flower is the perfect spot… a place to sleep, nectar to drink, pollen to enjoy… what could be better for a bee? On March 1, the end of a nice sunny week filled with bees in crocuses, I saw a very large bumble bee slowly hauling itself from one crocus to another, clearly … Continued

Late summer evenings with bumble bees

This bumble bee was one of at least fifty or so small bumble bees covering a purple aster (a bush about four feet tall all round, one itself of four or five others with similarly large clouds of these same small bumble bees). This particular bumble bee had—like countless others—perhaps purposefully overstayed its time past … Continued