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300th Posting

300th Posting
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites, Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-14 10:56
Viewed: 3396
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 108
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Today is my 300th posting and i would like to dedicate this to all TN members . This site has helped me with my photography so much and made me look at nature in a different way. I took this in the garden yesterday evening I purchased a sigma 1.4 converter for my macro lens this is one of the first shots with it on.

Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee ( Bumbus terrestris ) Length 24mm. Common and widespread except in the North of England. After hibernation the females appear, usually in April and vists flowers on sunny days. They build nests in burrows in the ground. Recognised by broad buffish yellow band at the front of thorax and on abdomen. Tip of the abdomen is buff in colour.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-05-14 11:05]

Hello Glen,
a nice '300' picture of a bumble bee, insects which are not easy objects for photographers: they are busy and hairy and have dark glossy parts.
So, I know that it is not easy to obtani a picture like this one.
Therfore, congratulations for the picture and the '300'.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Nick
Many Thanks and Congratulations for 300 stunning posts..and for what you have taught me and the site about nature photography..
Now for the picture..The first time pairing of your 180mm Macro and the 1.4 convertor...Im not sure what to say really!!...I will settle on STUNNING in every aspect.
My Best

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-14 11:14]

Hi Nick!
So you bought a converter! :-) Congratulations for your new peice of kit and for your 300th post!!! :-D
How are you finding the converter with the 180mm?

What a lovely vibrent image of this bee on a pretty flower!
Very sharp with great detail.
Superb composition too.
The BG is excellent!
Great lighting.
Well done Nick!

See you Sunday!


you are lucky to get this close to a bee i always end up with a blurred shot as they are so busy, so can you give me any advice.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-14 11:25]

hola Nicholas enhorabuena por los 300, una toma con mucho color, nitida y con una luz adecuada. Me gusta la composición. Un saludo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-14 11:25]

Hi Nick,

Congratulations on this milestone of your 300th and also on your new converter. You put it to good use on this wonderful shot of the Bumble Bee. Your pictures have been wonderful and you have always been generous with your comments, encouragement, and suggestions. Here's to the next 300.


Hi Nick, congratulations for your splendid 300th post on TN, lovely bee and beautiful flower, superb composition with fantastic colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Congratulations dear Friend!
This is a brilliant shot to commemorate your so nice contribution to this site. Amazing sharpness and colours. I love the background!
Many thanks for your kind words and encouragement. I wish you hundreds of beautiful photos of birds, insects and anything you like.

Hello Nicholas,

Congratulations with your 300th posting and your new converter.

Great macro shot and razor sharp.
Lots details.


Hi nick, my dear friend,
Congrats for the 300th posting! Your capture is splendid in all aspects -as usual. TFS. Hoping more 300's with together :)
Have a great night friend.


Hello Nick,
Thank you for the nice and awesome dedication of this excellent image from the new sigma!
my congrat on your 300th and will see many more coming, my friend!
the colouration is so bright and cheerful in this composition and not to mentioned apart from the total sharpness, colour and details
my compliment

Hello Nicholas,

Very nice picture of this bumblebee. Great composition. Excellent sharpness. The colours are splendid. I wonder how you got this background colours.
Congratulations for your 300th post.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-14 14:27]

Hi Nick

Congrats on your 300th post, and what a great macro shot it is too.
Superbly composed with a excellent POV.
The details are just stunning, with the pollen all over the Bee and texture of the Flowers.
I love the vivd colours too.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-14 14:39]

Hi Nick

It is way late here, but couldn't resist congratulating you on your 300th - in my favs. Great skill - excellent all round.


Super congrats Nick! You are the man of the hour..and you picked a dee...not a noxious bee nor poison for me, but one which does it's job...or what it was intended to do....you do the same with you camera....as you show so well here..

Congratulations on the 300 mark Nicholas,
This looks like a "tangerine" dream with the color scheme :)
The same thing happened to me over time, TN changed the way I look at nature also.
Looking forward to the next 300,

Hi Nicholas,

Congratulation on your 300th post
your first post with the 1.4 converter is a BEAUTY
Sharpness, details, colors and BG are PERFECT

TFS Thijs

Hello Nicholas,
Fantastic macro shot, the details are superb, beautiful vivid colors, lovely light, wonderful sharpness and great background.

Hi Nicholas,
congrats on your 300th post and for your first with the converter. You got a good working distance when using it,
did you use it manual mode or used the tape-trick?.
Lovely colours, nice POV and sharp details. The subject standout well from the BG.
Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-14 22:22]

Hello Nick,
Congratulations on your 300th posting, a great accomplishment. Your dedication to this site is what makes it great. What a wonderful image to celebrate with vivbrant colors and tack sharp details, impressive Nick, thank you.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-05-14 23:17]

Hi Nicholas,

Very nice photo of the bumblebee. Excelent DOF showing great details of he flowers and insect. Good use of the flash keeping the light natural looking. The background color is interesting and suited to the photo's subject.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-14 23:31]

Hi Nick,

A nice posting for the occasion,I guess I know this flower as we have these purple tennisballs as well every year in our garden,here they just start to open,have to wait a week or two more for it will attract the insect,anyway yo did a great job,as well a different but nice BG color,


Hi Nick,
CONGRATULATIONS for reaching the 300th mark. A lovely capture to celebrate it. Excellent composition and sharp details. Very well done. Hope to see more from you. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Very nice macro of this bee Nick. The detail seen on this bee is incredible. Very nice depth of field to give us the entire bee and much of the flower. That orange background is interesting, and really sets off the bee. And congratulations on #300.

Thanks, John

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-15 4:14]

Hi Nick,
congrats on the 300..you've over taken me! Superb vivid colour wirth a perfect DOF...very pretty shot!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2008-05-15 4:27]

Hi Nico,nothing better for this great event!The bombus are the most difficult insects to take,they are always moving,yor pic is fantastic,a very great artwork ,maybe someone can't understand how isn't easy to take so perfectly that! Best whishes and my best complimnets,Luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-05-15 6:00]

Hello Nicholas, God Bless on your 300th photo. Your photos are strengh to our learning and this is such a superbly framed shot. Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-15 7:09]

Hi Nick,
Congratulations on your 300th posting :o) Color tones look stunning in this one. Very well composed and exposed. TFS

Hi Nicholas,


Fantastic image for the day.
Fine details, sharp.


Hi Nick,
Congratulations with already your 300th upload. I think your experience of the 300 photos is something most of us share with you. I atleast do.
The photo is a great one, especially the color contrast between the flower and the BG and the fact that the BG color almost matches the color of the bee. Details and light are stunning.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-15 11:12]

Hello Nick,
Congratulations on your 300th psoting. Thank you very much for all your high quality photos. I've learned a lot from you.
Everything in this photo again is wonderful and inspiring to me. And I read that the harmonious BG this time is very simple the wall of you house. Unbelievable.
Up to the next 300!

Hi Nick, sorry I missed this one yesterday, busy!! this is perfection.. no more need to be said. best regards h

Hello Nicholas
Congratulations your 300th, and I wish many hundred shots on TN. Up to now, we have seen your excellent captures. I hope we will see them in future.
This is a prefect macro of Bombus bee with great sharp details, POV and splendid colors. good notes. Thanks so much. best wishes friend

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-15 18:02]

Hi Nicholas,
CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this huge landmark and what a pretty image you celebrate it with. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours with superb lighting and exposure. Very pleasant to the eyes and the colour contrasts are striking. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Nick,
Well done on your 300th, as always everything is spot on. Thanks for sharing your work, it gives me somethig to aspire to.Please show us many more beautiful pictures.
All the best, Lee

Dear Nicholas,
exquisite colours, clear details, a strict and powerful composition - a perfect celebration of the charming Bumble Bee. My congratulations to your posting #300!
With best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-16 7:22]

Hello Nick, congrats on this great achievement! You choose a very nice picture to celebrate that milepost! Very sharp macro with very bright and clear colors, well done my friend! Cheers!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-16 8:31]

Hi Nicholas,
Congratulations on your 300th post.This one is an excellent capture.I liked POV,lighting,colors and visual impact a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Nick,
Very nice macro, the bee is full of colors and details
Congratulations for post 300.. I hope to see 300 more..
Well done my friend


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-16 10:11]

Hi dear Nick.
I came back from small business trip and now hurry to congratulate you on 300th post and so wonderful close-up picture taken with huge set of lenses. Brilliant work, amazing sharpness and rich colours. I like impressive direct POV and framing of the shot. Bravo and wishes of many so fine pictures from you for all of us.

Fantástica macro Nicholas.
Buenos detalles y excelentes colores.
Acertada exposición.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

A lovely composition, Nick, perfectly framed.

Complimenti per la 300^ immagine su TN. Spettacolare macro, eccellenti POV e DOF, molto bella la composizione per l'equilibrata suddivisione degli spazi, dove il bombo sembra abbracciare il fiore, straordinaria nitidezza con super dettagli, meravigliosi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Nick
congratulations for your 300th posting
splendid macro-shot with great lighting and wonderfull colours,
cheer my friend,

Hi Nick,

Missed this, congratulations for the 400!

Excellent capture of Buff-tailed Bumble Bee in action. I like the shap details and natural bright colours.



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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-05-16 21:39]

Congratulations on 300th post. Exceptional photo of bumble bee. Amazing detail on bee and flower with a beautiful background! Nice composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-17 2:00]

hello Nicholas,
Congratulations for your 300th posting. A very colourful one. Not easy to take pictures of Bumble Bees,but you succeeded very well here. Excellent sharpness,nice composition and wonderful colours.
Thanks a lot
Best regards

Hello Nick,

A hearty congratulations on this grand achievement! And, thank you for all the wonderful and inspiring shots that you have shared with us!

This is a great shot.
How nice that you have chosen a bee when there is so much concern about their recent demise! I must admit, I don't seem to have seen as many on the fruit trees this year!

The details are excellent, the colours true and the composition spot on!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Nick,
CONGRATULATIONS on your 300th. It has been a pleasure seeing your pictures. I will always associate the Tit species with you because I started noticing them through your pictures.
As for this picture, it is fantastic with excellent POV,DOF and immaculate sharpness . The unusual background(thanks to your wall:)) makes it very colourful.
Thanks for the share,

Un bello trabajo con unos cromatismos impresionantes. Enhorabuena por tu toma nº 300, casi vamos empatados los dos :-)

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-20 13:10]

Bonsoir Nicholas
Très belle macro pour ta 300ème, très belle netteté et couleurs, très belle attitude du sujet.
Félicitations, amicalement Robi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-21 4:49]

Hello Nick,
As we've been away I've missed your 300th post - but here I am - CONGRATULATIONS!! Thanks for all the inspiring captures and notes so far and I hope you'll be with us for a long time!
This is a very fine capture of the Bumble Bee on a pretty flower. Excellent sharp details and beautiful colours. A fine warm background and well composed too!
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2008-06-01 13:01]

Perfect shot Nick. Great warm colour combination, sharp details, good POV and DOF.Congratulation to wonderfull 300 posts. I have the same experience with TN, it helps so much to improve and share passion for photography.TFS

indeed a worthy 300 post, fantstically sharp pic, TFS Ori

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