Music sent me into a trance along with amazing visuals ... sure it can be improved technically like with all videos on here but I don't know how my friend .... I loved it.
Caught the bee taking a dump ha ha had to watch very carefully though!!!
I often rescue bees that are caught in doors you can pick them with your hands if you are gentle with them. My Grandpa use to do it all the time when he was here. I wouldn't try it with a wasp though !!! but bumble bees are very gentle and I love them to bits.
The result of another session of focus practice? There are some truly stunning shots there Midnight let down a bit by some of the shots which were not perfectly in focus (though your worst is better than my best). I presume you were using the D800?
One thing this does make clear is that once you get to this level of photography how important a specialist high frame rate camera is for slo-mo to match the excellent real time footage. It's OK here, but again detracts from the BBC like quality of the very best shots.
Thanks to everyone for viewing my little bee video. You are right that I didn't nail the focus in all the shots. The problem is the bees just don't stay still at all so I had to focus on the flower an hope the bee was in focus. This theory, as the results show, was a bit hit and miss. I do have more "in focus shots" that I could have used but I thought I would use these as they go well together and the other shots were a bit samey.
How I wish I had some of the equipment that the BBC has but I can't blame my equipment for me making a substandard video. I used the D800 on one day and the next day the HVX200. I needed to give them both a shake down before a shoot I've got on Friday. The slow mo was down to 0.25 speed in the event properties and then a further 30% with the velocity curve, what ever that works out to be. I shot 720-60p with the D800 and 1080-25p with the HVX for those who are interested in the techie bits. It would have looked better if I could have shot at much faster frame rates.
Surprisingly, to me, I found I could get closer with the HVX than with the 300mm lens I have on the D800. Having not used the HVX for a while I'm back in love with it for both it's ergonomics and quality for it's age.
As always thanks again for viewing.
I'll ignore that bollocks about my worst being better than your best Tim.
Last edited by Midnight Blue; 07-03-2013 at 09:32 AM.
It´s not the equipment BBC would use to film the bees.... They glue the bees to the flowers before filming!! I had the pleasure to meet a "famous" local nature photographer, and I learned that many of his most famous shots were made in Zoos!!! Yep, find the right background, shallow focus, and you´re "alone" in the middle of nowhere with a wild beast 10 meters from you!!!
Good to hear that you´re back in love with a "real" video camera.... I´m reluctant to enter the dslr filming tribe. What do you think about the BlackMagic Cinema Câmera? Something between both worlds??
How do you think I got that photo at the end. I've heard about a lot of "cheats" in this field and why not if it makes life easier, it's when they start doing it in the area of the news and documentary when I begin to worry.
There is a classic CNN sequence were the news presenters are suppose to be in the thick of it in Saudi Arabia but it's so obvious they are in a studio it's just a joke