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Honey Hunters

Honey Hunters
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-19 4:30
Viewed: 6903
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, it is rightly said that variety is the spice of life, and it applies to our pictures on TN too.
So I am taking you back to the year 2006 when I was working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I had only Sony P200 then -- a simple point-and-shoot camera. There was not much wild life in that city or country, so I had to do with what came my way -- even Cockroaches!
In the summer of 2006, wild bees made a honeycomb on a fig tree growing on our stamp-sized 'garden'. Though I was initially scared of them, gradually I started getting closer -- so much so that at one time, I would be a foot away from the comb with my camera and they would settle on my hands. It was a great moment of friendship and goodwill.
I posted three or four picture of the honeycomb in 2006. Then I moved to India in 2007 and forgot all about them until today when I took out my CD holders for the first time since my return and started looking at them one by one. I found my Riyadh pictures in one of them and was tempted to process this picture almost on an impulse. The outcome turned out to be quite good and I decided to post this picture today.

The picture was taken hand-held from a distance of half a meter in natural day light.
My purpose is also to demonstrate how I have learnt a lot about editing in the past three years through my association with TN. That is why I can never think of leaving it -- no matter how much Sturm und Drang it has gone through :).

Thanks for looking and leaving your comment.

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Hello Ram
my mind dosent make me wrong:) I remember similar shot from former time and I have checked now your earlier post and I saw it from S. Arabia. This is really fantastic and wonderful close-up. sharp details, POV, composition and colors amazing beautiful. I can also see differences between earlier and now. I think this is valid for most of ours:) thanks for sharing this beauty and good notes.
best wishes

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-03-19 4:43]

Hi Ram,
Wonderful capture.Very nice composition.Fine Details and colours.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-19 4:55]

Yes I remember these wild honeybees Ram.
This is a nice version taken with fine lighting and sharpness and I like the way they all point in the same direction in this excellent composition.
Thanks and all the best,

Dear Ram Sir,
This is something unique just like men in colorful uniform in a platoon. Very well composed, sharp photograph with excellent details. TFS
PS: Surprisingly I am going to post this only :)

A striking and unusual image. The framing enhances the feeling of power and discipline in the swarm.
What size were they, individually ? From the colour, it looks like Apis florea, the Dwarf Honey Bee.

Fantastic shot of bees in their colony. tfs.

Hello Ram,
This is an amazing shot from your 2008 archives.
I have never seen such brightly coloured and solid looking honey bees.
I think I would be quite nervous getting as close to these as you did.
Great work my friend!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-19 7:23]

Hello Ram,
What an amazingly busy shot you have presented to us today. very nice capture with a superb composition . Superb detail,very sharp and clear,great lighting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-03-19 7:35]

Hi Ram-

Beautiful shot of something most of us will never see in person, at least not so close. I can almost hear them buzzing.

It is very good to have such variety on TN. Thanks for offering it.


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  • Kumuda (32)
  • [2009-03-19 8:01]

wonderful color composition and clarity!

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice closeup shot of this swarm of honey bees. Excellent composition with very good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-19 9:48]

Hello Ram,
Very special photo of these bees. Your previous shot of these bees was before I was a member of TN. So I'm surprised!
Great details and repetition of colours.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-03-19 10:14]

Ram, It is really scary to read your account. The result justifies the risk you took.
- Murali

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-19 11:10]

Hi Ram,
What an interesting capture.You are very brave:)Sharpness,colors,lighting and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

hello Ram
great composition
never seen before this bees
great sharpness
greeting lou

hello Ram!
exceptional document of your spent in Saudi Arabia with this impressive capture of bees nest ...... very special!!!

cheers sERGIO

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-19 15:27]

Hello Ram !
Great picture from your archives ! Even with just a point-and-shoot camera, you managed to get a wonderful and very interesting picture. I love the pattern made by the hundreds of bees, and their reddish/yelloow color looks great, too. Very nicely composed, with great details. I'm happy you brought it out of your archives. Very well done !

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-19 16:14]

Hola Ram
Great photo, nice note.
Beautiful colours in all the frame.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-19 23:40]

Hi Ram.
Wonderful picture of a very attractive subject I have never met it. All is perfect: DOF, sharpness and details, great colour reproduction, wonderful composition (for such unusual subject). My best regards and thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ram,
Your photo shows very well that we dont need a sofisticated camera to capture a good photo!
Great natural light and focus
Details on the bee's bodies are oustanding
Well done
Have a good W-E

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  • Savitha (148)
  • [2009-04-26 22:12]

Everyone of your picture is brilliant.But this one is spectacular.Very well viewed and framed.
Keep shooting

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