Michael N Sutton wanted to film bees in high-speed
stepped up and allowed me to film his hives. It was 92 degrees out and
the sun was bearing down, but I was told sunny days are when the bee's
are most active. Without a bee outfit, I was ready to shoot. I was able
to get pretty close to one of the hives (about one and a half feet)
which was perfect for using the Canon 100mm Macro IS. I primarily
filmed with the Canon 30-105mm Cinema zoom lens wide open. I also used a
300mm Tamron and a Nikon 50mm. I had my trusty Sound Devices Pix 240i
as a field monitor and for recording ProRes via the HD-SDI out of the
Photron BC2 HD/2K. It was very hard to track the bee's as they fly very
fast and were getting a little bothered by how close I was to the
hives. I was only stung three times which is pretty remarkable due to
my proximity and my lens poking almost into the entrance way of the
hive. I shot for approx 2.5 hours each day. It was so hot I got a
pretty bad sunburn and the camera was hot enough to cook a fat
porterhouse. There was a few moments that were intimidating when bee's
started landing on my arms, face, in my ear and on my eye. I just
stayed still and they went on their way with the exception of the three
stings (1 on the arm, 1 on the neck and 1 under my ear). Bee's are
actually quite docile and would prefer not to sting. They just want to
Shot/Dir/Edit by: Michael Sutton @MNS1974
Camera: Photron Fastcam BC2 HD/2K high-speed S35 camera system w/ custom
trigger & 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
Music Licensed via:
Licensor's Author Username: lacisz
Licensee: Michael Sutton
Song: Dubstep Drift
Item ID: 4234563
Purchase Date: 2014-07-01 23:08:46 UTC
Special thanks to:
Allen Lindahl of Hillside Bee's
Eric Kessler and Chris Beller of Kessler Crane
Contact: Michael Sutton
email: mike at frozenprosperity dot com
phone: listed on website
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Thursday, 12 June 2014
The shade of the ancient bramley apple trees has been much appreciated over the past few days!
Our tree is laden with baby apples though many will drop during June as it "self-thins"
June is a glorious month to spend time in an orchard.
I'm following this 100 year old Bramley Apple tree with Loose and Leaf 's follow a tree, the tree itself can be found in the orchard at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Here's a photograph of the 100 year old bramley apple tree I'm following with Loose and Leaf 's follow a tree, as you can see it's not the only ancient tree in the orchard at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop, a whole row of bramleys that are around 100 years old. Many of them hollow with boughs touching the earth but still producing apples.
The blossom has all but gone on these trees just a few flowers clinging on though the high winds of the last few days will probably finish them off too.
But here are a couple of photographs from earlier in the month
bramley apple blossom buds and
in full blossom. Glorious isn't it?
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
I'm a little late with my follow a tree with Loose and Leafy post this month, but better late than never as they say.
Firstly I thought I'd show you close-ups of my chosen tree, a (almost) 100 year old Bramley Apple tree that can be found in the orchard at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop.
As you can see the tree has not escaped damage during its' long life. Part of it is hollow, possibly caused by a branch falling long ago. But there is plenty of life there.
The branches are encrusted with mosses up to 16 different moss species have been found on the old Bramley trees in this particular orchard:
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||COMMON NAME||NOTES|
|Amblystegium serpens||Creeping Feather-moss|
|Brachythecium rutabulum||Rough-stalked Feather-moss|
|Bryum capillare||Capillary Thread-moss|
|Cryphaea heteromalla||Lateral Cryphaea||A Clean Air species|
|Dicranoweisia cirrata||Common Pincushion|
|Frullania dilatata||Dilated Scalewort|
|Grimmia pulvinata||Grey-cushioned Grimmia|
|Homalothecium sericeum||Silky Wall Feather-moss|
|Hypnum cupressiforme||Cypress-leaved Plait-moss|
|Hypnum resupinatum||Supine Plait-moss|
|Orthotrichum affine||Wood Bristle-moss|
|Orthotrichum diaphanum||White-tipped Bristle-moss|
|Orthotrichum lyellii||Lyell's Bristle-moss||A Clean Air species|
|Rhynchostegium confertum||Clustered Feather-moss|
|Syntrichia laevipila||Small Hairy Screw-moss|
|Syntrichia montana||Intermediate Screw-moss|
|Syntrichia papillosa||Marble Screw-moss||A Clean Air species|
|Ulota bruchii||Bruch's Pincushion||A Clean Air species|
|Ulota phyllantha||Frizzled Pincushion||A Clean Air species|
|Zygodon conoideus||Lesser Yoke-moss|
The tree is almost in blossom, I'll get some photographs for you as the buds open.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Bramley Apple Tree
I'm following a tree with Loose and Leafy.
My chosen tree is a Bramley Apple tree, this particular tree is believed to be about 100 years old and can be found in the orchard at www.theorchardtearoom.co.uk
The very first Bramley apple tree was grown from seeds planted by a young Mary Ann Brailwood, in the garden of her parents house in Southwell, Nottinghamshire in the year 1809. Although the original Bramley tree suffered a horrible accident during a violent storm in the year 1900, the strong winds ripped the tree from the ground, it has survived and continues to produce Bramley apples to this day. So the tree I'm following is mere youngster by comparison but still ancient for a commercial orchard.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
It's that time of year again, time to prune the fruit trees. Trees will try to grow upwards but we don't want them to so they have to be pruned.
Quite a big job on these old bramleys.
For anyone who is interested in learning how to prune their own fruit trees take a look at these Pruning Fruit Trees Courses
Saturday, 18 January 2014
It's not a Fenland custom but they've been Wassailing orchards to scare off evil spirits and encourage the apple trees into growth for hundreds (maybe thousands) of years in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Here's to thee, old apple tree,That blooms well, bears well.
Hats full, caps full,
Three bushel bags full,
An' all under one tree.