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Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee

Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee
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Copyright: Mish PM (Finland_in_Eton) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 23 N: 225] (876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-06 8:27
Viewed: 3513
Points: 6
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I've uploaded this because I like the basic photo. I've cropped it to what seems a good composition. It was taken in woodland shade near an open area on the banks of a lake.

I am not entirely sure that I am satisfied with the either the color levels or the contrast. The difficulty is the bumble bee being so dark. Efforts to adjust for stronger contrast lost the details of the bee's face. Other than cropping and trying to get a satisfactory contrast level, the only other editing was to do a bit of noise removal (Minolta is not good in low light), sharpen the bright spot in the bee's eyes, pick out a bit more detail of her furry body and increase the saturation a bit. Actually, that sounds like a whole lot, doesn't it?

Any suggestions to improve the image would be welcome. I mainly use Paint Shop Pro Photo XI but also have ACDsee 7 and an older version of PhotoShop Elements.

The subject is a Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus Terrestris). Wikipedia has only a brief entry:

"Bombus terrestris, the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee is a social bumblebee and one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 22.7 cm long, while the workers are 12 cm.

Apparently, such bees can navigate their way back to the nest from a distance as far away as 13 km (8 miles)"

We tend to be plagued with queens in the spring, they come in our third floor windows. Now, this mystifies me. If they are a ground nesting bee, WHY are they looking for a place to nest in my living room, 30 feet above ground. That is, by the way, said in jest... I am not really looking for an answer.

The plant it is on, is, I believe, Teasel (dipsacus fullonum) but I am not %100 sure of that.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-06 8:40]

Hello Michele,
This is a well colored, nicely detailed composition you have posted for us today. What a pretty blue on the teasel.
Thanks for sharing Michele.

Hola Michele.
Una preciosa foto de ese abejorro y de la flor,muy buena luz.Un saludo.

a good picture is one that awakens the senses... makes you feel or want to... like this one it makes me want to touch the flower, parts of it look so soft and parts spiky... does it feel the way it looks and the bumble bee, it is so clear that one wants to feel its velvety furry looking body.
Good pic and good visuals.

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