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Floats like a Bee

Floats  like a Bee
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 70-300mm / F 4-5,6 G AF
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-09 4:33
Viewed: 3326
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw a group of these bees cluster themselves to the hole of a big tree. I think they wanted to nest there.
This one is flying around, maybe the protector.
Previously I sent an almost a similar one, but it was a bit motion blurred. i think this one is much better as i learnt from the critique on what not to repeat in capturing the flight.
Thanks for the critique and I am given the opportunity to take a second try.

Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognized species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies (Engel, 1999) though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognized. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.


Apis cerana japonica forming a ball around two hornets. The body heat trapped by the ball will overheat and kill the hornets.All honey bees live in colonies where the worker bees will sting intruders as a form of defense, and alarmed bees will release a pheromone that stimulates the attack response in other bees. The different species of honey bees are distinguished from all other bee species (and virtually all other Hymenoptera) by the possession of small barbs on the stinger, but these barbs are found only in the worker bees. The sting and associated venom sac are also modified so as to pull free of the body once lodged (autotomy), and the sting apparatus has its own musculature and ganglion which allow it to keep delivering venom once detached. The worker bee dies after the sting is torn out of its body.

It is presumed that this complex apparatus, including the barbs on the sting, evolved specifically in response to predation by vertebrates, as the barbs do not usually function (and the sting apparatus does not detach) unless the sting is embedded in fleshy tissue. While the sting can also penetrate the flexible exoskeletal joints in appendages of other insects (and is used in fights between queens), in the case of Apis cerana defense against other insects such as predatory wasps is usually performed by surrounding the intruder with a mass of defending worker bees, who vibrate their muscles so vigorously that it raises the temperature of the intruder to a lethal level. It was previously thought that the heat alone was responsible for killing intruding wasps, but recent experiments have demonstrated that it is actually the increased temperature in combination with increased carbon dioxide levels within the ball that actually comprises the lethal effect. This phenomenon is also used to kill a queen perceived as intruding or defective, an action known to beekeepers as balling the queen, named for the ball of bees formed.

Ref: Wikipedia

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-09 4:59]

Hello Foozi,

Taken in full flight, this is nice.
Excellent capture with good details and lovely colours.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Composition and presentation are excellent. TFS.

Best regards,

salam akhi Foozi
Up to now, I have tried to capture of dragonflies, some hovering dipteran, even butterfly, but I have never made such a kind of bee. excellent capture, congratulations really. everything wonderful, from POV/OOF and sharpness of focus to colors, BG and composition. excellent work.
best regards wassalams

Ciao Foozi. Magnificent pic here! Indeed a superb lightning and detailed work. Superb compo MF!


Ciao Foozi, great capture of wonderful flying bee against a beautiful blurry BG, perfect focus on eye, splendid colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Dear Foozi!

It's surprising to notice that with your exposure settings you could get quite a sharp picture of this insect in flight. I like the basic idea very much and I'm impressed by the difficulty of such a picture. Maybe the insect is a little bit lost in front of the quite large background.

Kind regards


Hi Foozi.
Wonderful composition and amazing capture of this bee.
Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

hello Foozi
very nice picture with good sharpness and nice BG.
beautiful colours and nice light
greeting lou

Hello Foozi,
a splendid capture of this Honey Bee in-fly, very good sharpness, a very beautiful composition with a marvellous BG.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-09 10:14]

Hello Foozi,
You've taken a lot of space around the bee. And that's the charm of this photo. A wonderful composition. Not only the bee itself is fantastic, the BG evenso. Great sharp details and splendid clear colours.

Hello Foozi,
Impressive, not which is more attractive, if the background, perfect and homogeneous, or the delicate and well defined bee in the air. Both combined have resulted in an excellent photo, TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-09 10:54]

Wonderful bee on fly!
Details and colors are fantastic.
The green BG is amazing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-09 11:18]

Hello Foozi,
Lovely action shot of the bee. Excellent POV,DOF and details. The green BG. The Yellow banded bee brings a splash of colours to this frame.Thanks for the share.
Best regards Siggi

hello Foozi

excellent photo of this bee in-flight with fine POV,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Foozi,

Beautiful and expertly taken in-flight capture of this bee from nice POV with perfect focus, exposure and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-09 15:32]

Hello Foozi,
An impressive inflight capture of this Honey bee. You show excellent detail and good DOF in this fine shot.
I have yet to photograph one in mid air like this. Great work!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-10 1:46]

Hello Foozi,
Great minimalist composition! You caught the little Honeybee just at the right place! Looking at your shutter speed I'm impressed by the sharpness you reached. Interesting note too, how many species and subspecies, this is just a challenge for insect-photographers! Our Honeybees have a very different look.
Thanks and kind regards

Hi dear Foozi ,
A perfect work with so nice BG.
Vivid colours and excellent sharpness.

Kind regards

hello my friend Foozi,
great macro shot, bravo!
"keep photographing!" TFS

this is a so cool capture!!
perfect moment locked !! and great bokeh too



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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2010-03-31 2:14]

Masyallah!, You captured this at 1/215 sec!
Great action pic, Foozi.



Hi Foozi,
Although not disturbing the viewer with too many details, this is a superb action shot. I'm a bit surprised 1/125 worked well to this kind of image, but as the result shows, it did... Excellent presentation MF. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

HI Foozi,

The bee is well placed in the frame. The point of view showing the details and colors of the bee which hoovering the area. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Foozi,
Good clarity and finely exposed.Surprisingly sharp focus at 125, well captured.

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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-06-08 7:24]

This is beautifull, that background is perfect, it looks so calm and the bee has really nice colors and details too. Good job.


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