I took the Minolta lens out again today. It wasn’t rainy enough to get the mimosa shot I was trying for the other day, so I tried to shoot the bees. (If you saw this post already, the added pictures are after the cat.)

It was just overcast enough to keep my shutter speed slower than I wanted to compensate for the steady breeze. The bees didn’t seem to mind the camera. I know this because I didn’t get stung (there are a lot of bees in these flowers). I think I can get better bee shots when it’s a bit brighter out, so I’ll try again soon.

Besides the bees and mimosas, I snapped some shots of a few other things.

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And finally, the king of the feral cats that reside on our block. He is not friendly at all. But we have an understanding so he lets me stick the camera just inches from his face. As I mentioned the other day, the shots with this lens are not cropped at all. I’m definitely within striking distance of his paws. He’ll never let me touch him, but we’re cool. I don’t think he lets anyone else get this close to him.

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UPDATE

It was pretty sunny and not too breezy today, so I went out front to shoot my bees with the Minolta lens. Due to fast moving patchy clouds, the light conditions were changing constantly from bright sun to a heavy shade. With no metering while using an old manual lens on a DSLR, I was changing the ISO, shutter, and f-stop after almost every burst of shots. Sometimes, as soon as I would change the settings, the light would flip right back to what it had been... what a pain in the butt.

But it was totally worth it.

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Bees!