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article imageHigh-speed capture of honeybees on the move (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Jul 19, 2014 in Environment
Honeybees are an essential part of the world's ecosystem and are constantly being threatened. A videographer decided to capture honeybees in what seems to us to be slow-motion but is actually high-speed photography, to show how important they are to us.
Michael N Sutton says on the video's description that he had been wanting to film bees for some time and found an aviary close to his home. Allen Lindahl, the owner of Hillside Bees, allowed him to access and film his beehives.
Apparently it was 92 degrees and the sun was bearing down on him, but he had been told that sunny days are the time when bees are at their most active. Without using the normal bee protective clothing, he got really close to one of the hives, which was apparently perfect for using his Canon 100mm Macro IS.
He did say it was hard to track the bees, as they fly very fast and were a little bothered by his proximity, however, he did add that he was only stung three times.
The video was made by shooting for around two-and-a-half hours per day and Sutton said it did get pretty hot and tiring but all things considered he was lucky to have been stung so little. He added that luckily, "Bees are actually quite docile and would prefer not to sting. They just want to make honey."
The result can be viewed in the fascinating Vimeo video above and the equipment used is listed below.
Equipment used:
Camera: Photron Fastcam BC2 HD/2K high-speed S35 camera system with custom trigger and batteries (1000-6800fps) 2K, HD (1080p & 720p) and SD.
Lenses: Canon 30-105mm Cine zoom, Canon 100mm Macro, Nikon 50mm, 300mm Tamron SP.
Recorder: Sound Devices Pix 240i w/ Sandisk CF cards.
Support: Kessler Crane Carbon Fiber Stealth, Manfrotto 516 head w/546GBK tripod.
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