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My first bee

My first bee
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/294 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-07 10:26
Viewed: 3994
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,

here is my first bee shot this year. I hope you like it.

Bees (Apoidea superfamily) are flying insects, closely related to wasps and ants. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees, and they may be found on every continent except Antarctica. Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source, and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used for food for the brood.

Bees have a long proboscis that enables them to obtain the nectar from flowers. Bees have antennae made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in females. They have two pairs of wings, the back pair being the smaller of the two.

Bees play an important role in pollinating flowering plants, and are called pollinators. Bees may focus on gathering nectar or on gathering pollen, depending on their greater need at the time. Bees gathering nectar may accomplish pollination, but bees that are deliberately gathering pollen are more efficient pollinators. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of this accomplished by bees.

Bees are fuzzy and carry an electrostatic charge, thus aiding in the adherence of pollen. Bees periodically stop foraging and groom themselves to pack the pollen into specialized pollen baskets which are on the legs of honeybees and some other species, and on the ventral abdomen on other species.

Bees are extremely important as pollinators in agriculture, with contract pollination having overtaken the role of honey production for beekeepers in many countries. Monoculture and pollinator decline have increasingly caused honeybee keepers to become migratory so that bees can be concentrated in areas of pollination need at the appropriate season. Many other species of bees are increasingly cultured and used to meet agricultural pollination need. Bees also play a major, though not always understood, role in providing food for birds and wildlife. Many of these bees survive in refuge in wild areas away from agricultural spraying, only to be poisoned in massive spray programs for mosquitoes, gypsy moths, or other pest insects.

Many species of bees are poorly known. The smallest bee is a dwarf bee (Trigona minima) and it is about 2.1 mm (5/64") long. The largest bee in the world is the Megachile pluto, which can be as large as 39 mm (1.5").

Infos from wikipedia.com

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-07 10:29]

Hi Heinz!

Well it's nice and sharp even with the shallow DOF. Excelent exposure. Nice composition.

Great close-up and TFS.

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  • Jannie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
  • [2006-04-07 10:29]

Very good detail and perfect lighting and exposure. I like the composition and the sloping white in the background.

Nicely done

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-07 10:35]

Hello Heinz,
Lovely shot of this bee, excellent detail and colour, a nice full-frame shot and I like the curve in the background, it fits the shot well.

Great close-up, Heinz. You can count each bristle on it, metaphorically speaking.
[Will have to go for a macro lens, seeing what pathetic little pics I end up making without it!] :(

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-07 11:03]

Congratulations on your first bee, Heinz.
Stunning macro with amazing details and beautiful light.
I like its pose on the bud too. Great work, and TFS. : )

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-04-07 11:19]

Stunning macro, great detail and colours.

I love the vertical approach for the bee. It works really well with the green bud/stem.

The only (very small) nit is the OE on the left, but given it is the first macro, I wouldn't worry about that too much (yet)...

Otherwise very nicely done.

Hi Heinz,
Excellent macro. Point of view, clear details, framing and colors are wonderful . Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

Hi Heinz,
are you changing subject ;-) It's a good picture for your first bee. Good details, nice colours and good POV.
Well done, my friend.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-07 12:26]

Hallo Heinz,
ich hab dich die letzten Tage schon vermisst, aber du machst ein super come back ;-). Super dieser schicke Brummer, die Schaerfe ist optimal. Tolle Farben und eine klasse Bildgestaltung.
Gruss und schoenes Wochenende..Sky

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-04-07 12:31]

Hello Heinz your first bee is so wonterful bravo very good sharpness and colours very beutiful work Heinz good weekand regards Stavros

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-04-07 12:39]

dann erst einmal einen herzlichen glückwunsch
zur ersten biene des jahres, heinz! :-)
da ist dir sofort wieder eine tolle aufnahme
die biene hätte vorher beim friseur vorbeischauen
müssen, ihre haare sind ein wenig durcheinander. *g*
was natürlich heissen soll, dass du da ein paar
super scharfe details eingefangen hast.
viele grüße & ein schönes wochenende,

Hello Heinz,
The bee has good detail, positioning, and lighting. Good image showing the flattened appearing eyes as well,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-07 12:44]

Hello Heinz, great shot of bee. Excellent POV and colors. I like the position of insect, very well done. Best regards, Didier.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-04-07 13:01]

Hello Heinz!

Wow! Wonderful shot!!! We would like to stoke it ;-)
Great composition and perfect light!!!


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-07 13:59]

Hi Heinz!
Nice and sharp makro.Very good colour, detail, BG, DOF and POV.
Well done


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-07 14:03]

Hello Heinz!
Wonderful close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,
lighting and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-07 15:13]

Hello Heinz ,phore the first time , a beautiful macro shot
good compositie colours light pov and dof ,very good ,nice weekend Teunie .

Hi Heinz,
WOW! excellent full frame shot on this bee. The colors and detail look really good from the spot on exposure. Well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-04-07 16:45]

Hello Heinz,
An excellent macro!
Excellent detail,very good dof and good vertical framing.
Very nice indeed and first of many this year I hope.

Have a good weekend.

Hallo Heinz,
die erste Biene - und gleich wundervoll abgelichtet, sie präsentiert sich hier in voller Größe und Schönheit. Die Augen glitzern und man sieht, wie sie die warme Sonne genießt.
Unsere Bienen hier hatten diesen Genuß nur wenige Tage. Vorgestern hatten wir erneut 15 cm Schnee, ich kann's nicht mehr sehen!!!
Viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-07 17:11]

Your first bee of the year - yes, Heinz, I do like it, thank you. Super sharp image, and it looks so BIG. Wonderful composition, a really good job,

Hi Heinz,
Very nice macro shot!
The details are superb and great colours.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Heinz,
sehr eindrucksvolles, geradezu monumentales Makro in sehr harmonischen Farben und eleganter Komposition.
Das Schneeglöckchen liefert ein überaus reizvolles Pflanzendetail.
Sehr informativer Text. Wunderbarer Beitrag.
Vielen Dank und beste Grüße,

Hello Heinz,
Sharp detail and well composed, with a great POV. Nice colors...Great closeup!
Thank You mf.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-09 8:15]

Privet Heinz.
The good macromodel poses in a correct foreshortening. Good work. And in Moscow the snow only has thawn.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-04-10 2:26]

Hi Heinz,
very good macro. I like the composition, colours and DOF. Interesting note. Good work.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-10 16:16]

Great close-up on this bee ! Everything is perfect ! Great composition, great colors, great sharpness and details... I love the eye of this bee, and it's hairy body. Wonderful !

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-11 6:21]

Perfect Heinz!
Stunnig on details, sharpness, colours and DOF!
5* photo!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-13 7:32]

Hi Heinz, great close up. The details on this shot are amazing. I like your side profile and your low POV. Colours and exposure spot on. TFS.

Hi Heinz.
Nice and sharp shot. Excellent composition, POV and details. Beautiful colors.

Hello Heinz

Wow... this is a super shot. Good close detail. Big shiney eyes. Well done and congrats on your first bee. :-)

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