I have always loved bumbles! In fact, I am passionate about anything that lands, crawls or lives on flowers. Like I have said before, I become easily distracted by nature! Over the past week, I have been given a bit of a personal challenge, from a friend, who is a very talented photographer. The challenge…to turn off the auto mode on my camera. Yikes! What? (Ark, if you are reading this, I am sure you are cringing at the thought of using the auto mode feature!) My immediate thoughts… This means I might miss something! You mean I have to trust myself and my eyes!? But, I am always up for a challenge and love to learn. Photography has always been a passion. I am a hands-on learner, so reading the manual does not work for me. I tend to be the type of person that asks a lot of questions and experiments on my own!
Yesterday, I spent some time, in the gardens, with my bumble friends. I took a risk and turned the camera off auto mode. Being half-way to 90, my eyes are not the greatest. I was prepared to have dozens of blurry bumbles waiting for me! I reminded myself that there will be more bees to photograph and approached this as a learning experience. From that point on, I was on the hunt for chubby bumbles! They were everywhere, buzzing from flower to flower, and I was buzzing along right beside them!
After about 30 minutes, I knew I had to head back inside. I had mounds of zucchini to process, chimichurri sauce to continue making and freshly picked blackberries and boysenberries to freeze. Once the images were downloaded to the computer, I was presently surprised at the results of my little experiment. I did have to immediately stop myself from being hyper-critical and celebrate the fact that there were a few nice images.
I can’t guarantee that I won’t shoot with auto mode ever again, but I will continue to learn about my equipment and practice trusting myself in manual mode. A great big thank you to my friend for giving me a little nudge…ok, shove… out of my comfort zone! Practice makes perfect!
When planting flowers and shrubs around your home, please always keep the bees in mind! These tiny creature are so very important! Think about it…bumbles humbly and diligently work each and every day, and for what? Us! All of their labors are for others. With that thought in mind, next time you are purchasing plants at your local nursery, keep your BEE friends in mind!
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