I went back to the grove of flowers the bees were feasting on with more time and better equipped to try and get a closer look as they collect nectar.
As I continue to practice taking pictures of very small things; I went back to the same flowers where I found the aphids, this time intentionally looking for them. Found this little guy out saying ‘hello’.
While I started taking photography more seriously; my perspective was that of a historian. The goal was to document the places I was going and what I was doing as a record for my self and to share my adventures with others. Continuing with the hobby I found that there is a lot more than just taking an posting pictures, there are some very technical skills needed as well as an eye for ascetics which make photography and art. It is something I have been practicing and working towards becoming better at, and this is a picture that I am quite proud of, as it the culmination of many hours of practice.
While I was out this weekend, when I was out looking for small things to take pictures of I found some of the local wildlife which fit my photography goals nicely. I found some Orb -Weaver spiders, a common site in the pacific northwest, and was able to capture some pretty amazing photos of them.
More amazingly, two of the spiders I found were in the process of building their webs. I remembered that my camera has the ability to shoot video and was able to hold it decently still to answer a question I’ve always wondered: How do spiders build their webs?
Today I went for a walk in along the damp streets of Seattle, looking not for a new view of the skyline with a backdrop of clouds. I had outfitted my camera in a configuration that forced me to look at the smaller things in life. And even though it is getting close to winter, I found that there was still a lot of color and life to be found.
Fitting my camera with my zoom lens, but with tube extenders reducing the maximum focal distance down to only a few feet, I was able to zoom in on small details instead of far away objects.