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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bees, Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-24 13:29
Viewed: 3781
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The weather has been poo and Work's been busy, so here's a shot from a couple of weeks ago. I apologise for the OE on the bluebell, but I do like this shot.
I was out with the good lady, for a nice stroll around Christmas common in Oxfordshire.
I saw this Bumble bee buzzing happily around, enjoying the delights on offer. I got a couple of fairly good shots, as I stumbled through the wood following the bee, like a child chasing an ice cream van!!. I didn't get as far as the gingerbread house, so came back to the path with just a few minor cuts!
As I say, not technically great, but I got the bee.
I've posted a workshop showing the bluebell wood, which looks stunning at this time of year.

I've decided to include some notes on this busy bee.

Bombus Lapidarius.
This large but relatively slender bee can be distinguished from most other British bumble-bees from its long jet black coat and bright red rear. The black pollen baskets separate this species from the Bombus Ruderarius, in which the baskets are red.
This bee can be found in mainly lowland areas, inhabiting gardens and open country, where it commonly nests under large stones.

Thanks for looking

twin, PDP, Janice, zenitlady, TAZ, AndyB, red45, dew77, marhowie, Comandante has marked this note useful
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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-24 13:34]

it is an amazing shot Alan... wonderful colors and a great BG... the pollens coming down from the left flower is just excellent... beautiful details... a perfect composition.. I love it...

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-24 14:02]

I like it too Alan, the is not very flattering but it's great to look at. I especially like what seems to be pollen falling from the bluebell. Very nice work.

Hello Alan
Great Shot
very nice composition !

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-24 19:45]

Alan, this is an extremely beautiful picture.

I'd say it's an artistic shot.

Very nice composition, great pov and sharpness. I enjoy colors too.

Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-24 19:50]

Hi Alan, interesting shot here of the BBee and Bluebells. Good colours and details, especially the pollen falling from the flower. Well done...

Hello Alan! Great macro! Best closeup of the bluebells I have ever seen, they seem to be so hard to focus in on, but you have done a very nice job here! Like the bee's bottom! Amazing details--little hairs on his legs. Glad you persevered and chased him around the woods! Well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-25 2:34]

Hello Alan,
A great capture and a very different POV!
Its amazing how they can hold on straddled between flowers like that,and upside down too.
Very good details and colours,great DOF.
Nice one,well done.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-25 3:50]

Charmante composition florale bien réalisée avec l'insecte à l'envers qui butine. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Nice & well done !

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-25 4:44]

Beautifull capture Alan. I like shapes and colours of this flower. Insect also looks great. Very good macro shot. But I must say your workshop is just breathtakink! What a superb place!!!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-25 5:47]

Hello Alan!
Very nice close up.Lighting,colors,BG,details and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Alan, OE aside, it's a pleasing shot with the pollen falling from the bluebell onto the bee great! Good details, colors and sharpness..Like that red rump! ;-) Well done and TFS!

Superb shot Alan!
Great details, colours and light. The bee seems to enjoying the bluebells very much.
I like the photo very much, though I think the WS one is a bit more interesting - at last for me.
Well done!

Hello Alan!
Wonderful macro with excellent lighting and vivid colors.I liked the composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

Okay, this is so full of interesting things to look at I don't know where to start.

1. The colour of the flower: Awesome
2. The pollen falling from the flower. Not easy to see, but it is definitly there on the left: Magnificent
3. The bee: Amazing
4. The OOF BG: Superb
5. Sharpness, clarity and POV: Excellent
6. Composition: Prefect

Thanks. Awesome work!


Great capture, Excellent detail, colours, sharpness and composition. Good BG and great POV. Thanks for posting, Have a good weekend.



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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-09 0:28]

Very sharp and colourful capture, Alan! The contrast to the unfocused BG is also nice! Well done!

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