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Flight Of The Bumble Bee

Flight Of The Bumble Bee
Photo Information
Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-04 3:39
Viewed: 5189
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Points: 46
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Bumble Bee Information

The "Bumble Bee" is a big, hairy, black and yellow bee whose size can range from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch. This insect is often mistaken for a carpenter bee, which closely resembles the bumble bee in appearance. Carpenter bees have a shiny and smooth abdomen as opposed to the fuzzy abdomen seen on a bumble bee.

There are over 200 types of Bumble bees in the world. Fifty different types can be found in North America. Each different species will have its own preference to types of nectar and prefers different flowers.
The bumble bee is an important, beneficial insect. They pollinate plants and flowers as they forage for food. To gardeners, it is a welcome sight to see these large, flying insects carrying large loads of pollen, flying into and around their flower beds and gardens. While busy searching for food (and at the same time, pollinating plants) bumble bees are rarely a problem when in close proximity to humans. They will actually (in most cases) go out of their way to avoid human contact. Bumble bees will, however, defend themselves if they sense that they are cornered and cannot escape. Most of the time they will fly away from danger but will sting if they are under duress.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 5:15 p.m.
Date: 4th October 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UVn
Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-Stop: F/9
Focal Length: 210mm
ISO: 400
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Pour moi c'est la perfection. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-04 3:56]

Hello Pam!

Excellent work. I don't know what I like most - bumble bee or flower? Bee is harder to capture, but flower looks like real work of art. Both made superb composition.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-04 4:02]

Yes, this is better! I love these flowers, and your bees do too Pam. Perfect composition showing both the flower and the BBee. Well done,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-04 4:42]

Buenos días Pam, preciosa flor y excelente compo, genial abeja a realizar su trabajo... maravillosa foto. saludos

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-10-04 5:29]

Hi Pam,
Very natural and lifely picture. Everything is perfect.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-04 6:16]

Hi Pam

Whata great in-flight shot! And a very nice and fitting title. I wonder if you had written the musical notes in stead of words for the photo note, would anyone hae understood what you meant? :)
Anyway, i really like the POV and the colors, the great DOF and the superb framing.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Pam,
What a beautiful capture. Just all aspects are spot on. I love the composition and the DOF and am stunned by the moement captured. Great colors and light.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-04 6:58]

Hi Pam,
excellent moment you caught.Beautiful flower,pleasant blue colour.Perfect POV,DOF and very good composition.Landing manoeuvre bumble-bee is very much nicely handhold.Good work!!

TFS and greetings Milos.

Hola Pam
Una toma excelente,gran composición, gran colorido y una nitidez muy buena.
Mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

Nice job with this inflight Pam.
Even with the bumbler slightly dwarfed by this towering flower, it makes for an interesting composition, I like it.
Excellent exposure, color, detail, and light mf,
Very well done.

Hi Pam,

Great shot! Wonderful work to capture the bee in-flight AND manage a well composed and well exposed photo too - great detail for a handheld shot, all in all, great work!

TFS, Doug

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-04 9:59]

Bonita composición Pam, no sólo por el abejorro en vuelo sino también por la belleza de las flores.
Excelente DOF y agudeza, con un fondo muy bien logrado y correcta iluminación.
Me agrada el encuadre vertical elegido.
Saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful composition Pam, not only for the bumblebee in flight but also for the beauty of the flowers.
Excellent DOF and sharpness, with a background very well achieved and correct lighting.
I like the vertical framing elected.
Regards... Ricardo

Beautiful composition in vertical orientation, Pam. The whole flower stalk is so attractive it is an integral part of this great composition. Capturing a bumble bee is a daunting task which you have accomplished very well.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image.

Hi Pam,
Nice one! You have done a great job freezing the bee in flight. Superb composition. You have thought out the shot well and executed it perfectly. The big flower and small bee provide for an interesting contrast in size. Sharp details and crisp colours. TFS!

Great job, Pam.
Another great post. Love the colors, framing and POV.



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-04 12:46]

Lovely capture, Pam.
Nice OOF BG and super flower. Looks like the bumblebee can't make up its mind which floret to chose.
Is the flower a native of NZ?
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hi Pam,
it's brilliant - wow - such a sharpness and the colours are beautiful. The bumblebee is so cute and the flower a realy beauty.
Beautiful arrangement, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

bonjour pam
lescouleurs sont tres vives et nettes,l'abeille egalement,c'est juste dommage que les ailes masquent un peu la tete.

Bonjour Pam
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec cette jolie guêpe allant se poser sur cette magnifique fleur,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition et beau BG.
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-10-04 17:15]

Another great composition of yours Pam. I like everything in it, Great work ! Thanks !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-04 19:59]

Hello Pam

A beautiful composition.I love the tall spikey flower.Lovely job on the DOF and POV.A lovely blurred BG.The colours are superb.TFS


Nice shot, well timed capture.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-07 20:42]

Hi Pam
Beautiful composition. Great colours, light, sharpnes, and POV.
Well done mf


Nice catch! Th ebee looks real happy to dive into the flowers..
I'm usually not fast enough for flying insects...

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