A bee in a bind 

A bee in a bind

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You may be thinking “Why take a photo of a bee in a cobweb?” Well, why not? It’s hard to make a photo of a dead bee that doesn’t bore people to death, but this scene caught my eye due to the wonderful framing given by the tube. I also like the way that the bee is dangling in a pathetic manner that portrays his plight (the photo has not been rotated). I tweaked the exposure, cropped, and added a background, but otherwise the photo is as shot.

I like to take photos with a subtle touch of the unusual, and I think that I’ve succeeded here 🙂

Thank you to those observant people who have pointed out that this is in fact a wasp. In this case I’ve chosen to exercise poetic licence.

Storm Dancing

Storm Dancing on Princes Wharf, Auckland, NZ

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This guy is leaning into the wind on Princes Wharf, Auckland, NZ during the storm of 26-7-08 when the winds were gusting to more than 110kph/69mph: imagine what the wind is like when you’re driving down the highway, then increase it.

Princes Wharf juts out into the Waitemata Harbour and was completely exposed to the winds. People were being blown backwards and the rain felt like a barrage of needles; even though I was kneeling behind a large pillar I was literally getting knocked around by the wind. At the time I thought that this was as close as I’d ever get to combat photography, because the conditions were so extreme and the screaming of the wind so insane. Taking photos whilst avoiding injury to myself and my camera was quite a task. The storm dancer had no idea that he was being photographed, rather he was just enjoying himself.


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