I spent the past couple of days at a place called Finca Ixobel in eastern Guatemala. I planned on spending the time relaxing and catching up on work, but, as it is often the case, I got distracted. The area around Finca Ixobel is full of flowers, butterflies, open fields and even some great caves and tunnels to climb around through. I didn’t expect to take any photos while in Finca Ixobel, but I ended up nearly filling a memory card and keeping a couple dozen photos I am really happy with. This photo was taken from lying down attempting to shoot what’s known as the worm’s eye view of the flower. As I was setting up the composition a bee flew into the scene so I pulled the trigger a quickly as possible.
How I Got this Shot
Laying on my back and using my 70-200mm f/4 lens with one extension tube attached I laid down on my back to shoot upwards on the scene. From that position I was manually focusing the scene when the bee flew in to the picture. Sometimes you just have to react as fast as you can and wish for luck. I spun the focus wheel and fired a couple of shots. Although this photo isn’t exactly in the best focus it has a great atmosphere to it. The lesson for this photo, is sometimes you just have to be lucky.
For the photo nerds this image was shot at 117mm with a shuterspeed of 1/1000 and an aperture of f/4.