London based beauty and fashion photographer Tina Eisen is well known for her beautiful work, but these macro images of honey bees and lips are really another step beyond. Not only are they macro self-portraits, but they are REAL BEES! I had to find out from Tina how exactly she shot these spectacular images.
When looking from afar, all bees look the same. But just like they’re complex and intelligent creatures, they also look different from each other. Photographer and drone operator Josh Forwood wanted to show these differences, so he took a series of macro bee portraits. His photos let us meet bees up close (and I mean, really close) and see how different their little faces really are.
Angelina Jolie recently joined forces with National geographic to draw attention to bee conservation and support women beekeepers. For this occasion, the famous actress and humanitarian posed with her face and torso covered in bees and without a protective suit. NatGeo shared a video of Jolie as she was being photographed, and it’s amazing how calm she was. In fact, she was so calm that none of the bees stung her.
If someone had ever told me that I would go “awww” at photos of insects, I would have called them crazy. But what about photos of fluffy, pollen-covered bees sleeping inside of flowers? Well, I gotta admit that’s something else, and it’s as cute as it sounds. Photographer Joe Neely recently captured two bees sleeping in a flower, and it’s definitely not something you see every day. He was kind enough to share his images with DIYP, so take a look and prepare to get all mushy.
With seven species of bees having been added to the US endangered species list only a month ago, photographs may soon be all we have left. Thanks to the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab (BIML), at least we’ll have those. For the past several years BIML have been creating stunningly beautiful macro photographs of all types of bee species. With over 3,100 images hosted on Flickr, they offer a special glimpes into these vital creatures.
Photographed by researchers at BIML, the images were created through focus stacking. Macro lenses have an extremely shallow depth of field when used with close subjects, and this process allows the photographer to have the entire subject in focus. Essentially, the photographer creates a number of photographs of the subject at various focus distances. These are then blended together in post to construct an image that is completely sharp from front to back.
We all have this primal fear of bees. And while bees are generally a peaceful bunch, something about the buzz, furry appearance and the notion of a sting just hammers my head when I see one.
If that was not enough to keep one sleepless photographer Anand Varma did a 78 seconds time lapse video showing how a bee transforms from egg to larva to adult. The kinda of stuff nightmares are made of.