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Nomia amabilis in hibernation

Nomia amabilis in hibernation
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Outstanding [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-22 2:10
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Smallish(body length 12mm), black with white hairs on face, parts of thorax and fore and mid tibiae. Abdomen with white or blue lateral bars. Wings dark brown.

Biology: Semi-social. Nests in burrows in soil.

Habitat: Diverse

Image taken in RAW, ISO400, aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system .

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hi neighbour, great sleeping capture, TFS ori

wonderful photograph of hibernation of the insect. great clarity. thanks for sharing.

Ciao George, fantastic macro, lovely blurry BG, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful metallic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello my friend!
Another very good picture! Excellent, diagonal composition, crispy sharp, plenty of details (even the white fur is very well seen), very well chosen POV and perfect DOF. The BG is very well blurred emphasizing the subject.
Very well done, my friend!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-22 2:23]

Hi George,this is a interesting situation,i never seen before a thing like that.And your perfect pic is the best way to understand what happen's,magnificent quality from the best point of view!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi George
incredible pose and most unusal way to hide during hibernation, but obviously it worked the last few million years¨

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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-06-22 2:52]

Great photography with amazing details and colors. I love it's pose. Well done!


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 235 W: 1 N: 534] (5797)
  • [2011-06-22 3:39]

Very nice picture of this "durmiente". A good background. Congratulation.

Ciao George. Tot quality here and winner choise of the POV for the best compo.


Amazing detail on this incredible insect. The wings are fantastically coloured and the eyes extraordinary! regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-22 5:26]

Hello George,
such a special composition and another stunning presentation from you. Technically or aesthetically it is no doubt a wonderful piece of work.
what a lens you got too!
Love the incredible sharpness shown here.
Excellent job.


Hello dear George!
Are you sure that this little beast is only in hibernation not too drunk? kkkkkkkkkk
Great shot, amazing situation and wonderful details! As usually good job! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my gallery!
Best regrads from,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-22 7:03]

Excellent image of this bee with fine details and composition, very cute image. tfs.

Hi George,
what an interesting species this is. Great sharpness. Amazing unusual colours. Excellent depth of field. Very good peaceful background.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi George,
12mm lenght! ... Incredible! ... This is the kind of bugs that can only be photographed with lenses similar to your sigma 150mm!.
Hmmm ... I've been reading about lenses for several days ... I reiterate my appreciation for the information you sent me days ago.
Regarding the photo, no doubt it is beautiful, the bee has a color I did not know similar species in my country, it is funny how "hibernate" clamped by the jaw! No bee here does that! ... Well, do not hibernate here because her only heat and drought or heat and rain!
Greetings, Thank you for sharing this beautiful macro.

PD: The photo resembles some pictures of Sergio (flashpoint), I think you're also developing an impressive artistic sense (in addition to the already know by us technicals skills).


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-22 11:20]

Hi Geaorge,

What a wonderful creature. Never seen this before. Good clarity and colors.The green background does the rest.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-22 11:26]

Hi George.
I admire what you do with your Sigma 150 for doing magic. So very small insects and so wonderfully clean and super sharp details! Excellent work with your camera, really. Undoubtedly, the highest quality photography in all aspects. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Best greetings

Interesting behavior and fantastic photo George!! The composition, the colours and the light are excellent. The focus for one more time is perfect.

Hello George,you have certainly made excellent use of the situation to photograph this little bee.
Super colour and sharpness.
Best regards Les.

Hello George, another spectacular shot, fantastic light and status details. Great even the background and the situation that you captured. All the best, Paul

Hello George,
A wonderful macro of this insect with extraordinary pose! impressive details sharpness, colours and lighting are great, superb camera skills!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hello George

Excellent macro shot of this insect with fine POV
and appropriate framing, great focus sharpness
and details, very beautiful bokeh of the background,



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-23 12:34]

Hello George,
Don't have much time these days.
Great perfection. Beautiful!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-25 8:24]

Hello George,
A brilliant observation of this sleeping beauty! Excellent sharpness, lovely colours and the soft background makes it really stand out!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

simply beautiful, excellent subject, very good details and lovely colors,

un saluto,


Hi George,
phantastic presentation of a flower bee in hibernation, showing its stunning habit of clinging to the plant with its jaws in a perfectly clear, monumentally well composed and concentrated way.
My congratulations! With thanks, and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-12 4:31]

Hello George,
I was looking for pictures I missed during my absence, and found this exceptional shot. Amazing for its subject and most beautiful by its presentation. A great shot, indeed! Bravo again!!
Kind regards

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