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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF100mmF2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-05 12:35
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Best friends,
I'm no macro specialist, I want learn through the comment of the other members.

Critique are very welcome

Regards, jhm.

I found this note by Wekipidea.
Honey bees are a subset of bees which represent a far smaller fraction of bee diversity than most people suspect; of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees, there are only seven presently-recognized species with a total of 44 subspecies (Engel, 1999; historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognized). These bees are the only living members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis, and all of which produce and store liquefied sugar ("honey") to some degree, and construct colonial nests out of wax secreted by the workers in the colony. Other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are considered true honey bees.

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Hi John,
This is a very good macro!
You had a very good light and got a vivid and very contrasting colors.
I would have left more space surrounding the insect, so the image would benefit to have more "air" and space to let the scene "breathe".
I don't know if you did a crop or if this was the original image.
You got also a some noise, probably due to a high ISO value used. You can fix it easily with a filter in post production.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi John.
Maybe you are not an specilist on macro, but I find your image quite nice.
The composition is lovely, the magnification level very good and colours&lights are well managed.
The only thing I would point out is the large amount of noise that is seen on the OOF parts of the flower. Maybe it could have been inproved with some noise filtering software.
Thanks for sharing, hope to see more in the future.
Regards, Felipe.

Hi John,
that's a nice moment, I like this busy bee with the pollen all over, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-03-05 13:53]

hallo JOhn,
Ja nu bent U in mijn gebied, grapje. zeer fraaie macro,
als U hier hetzelfde doet wat U de laatse tijd alleen maar doet, hoge F en langzame sluitertijd, zult U zien dat een betere foto maakt. Deze foto is zeker de beste macro van Uw kant en dat is een compliments van mij naar U toe. Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat U dit nog gaat overtroeven. De ruis is zeker niet nodig hier. zeer fraai werk John. Ja dat las ik ook nog het is inderdaad aan te bevelen. Ik werk meestal alleen maar met flits en dat werk super.
groet Jaap

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-05 14:11]
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Hi John.
Very nice first close-up shot. I think this material (notes and critiques) will be useful for you (see Macro lessons). For fruitful help you should give EXIF-data.

However, I welcome your picture. Very nice pictured scene, lighting details and colours. I wish you great pleasure from macro shooting. My best regards and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-05 14:19]

What a wonderful capture, John!! I love the composition with that hard-working honey bee so busy and polen-laden!
An excellent and beautiful job.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes and heartly welcome to TN

Hi John,
it's very good to see you are posting again.
The picture is very fine with good details and nice composition. The colours are fine but I'nm not sure if the WB is correct.
Well done, my friend.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-03-05 21:21]

Hi John!
Very nice macro! The details and colours are amazing! Beautiful one!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-05 23:00]

Hello John

Super shot,the details are amazing,The pollen "jodpurs" are wonderful.Very nice lighting and colours.Well done.TFS


Hello John,
Excellent macro work, my friend!
Good point of view and attractive composition...
Fine details in the bee at work!
Pablo -

Hi John, I am no expert on macro so I can't give you a lot of advice. I can say though that this is a very good shot of this bee. The composition with him passing over the stamens of this flower is great. The light, colour and detail I find incredible. I especially like how you have captured the pollen loose on the bee's bristles and packed away in those pollen sacks.

Thanks, John

Beste John,

Ik heb deze foto in de verzameling gevonden! ;)

WE may need an imker to find out why this busy bee has such big clumps of pollen on its legs!

As to macros, I assembled a lessons Theme based on the notes from Alexei. Perhaps that will be helpful.

Tfs, Jay

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-06 6:32]

Hello John,
A pollenated bee... Quite impressive given the exposure data, esp. f/2.8. Short of using a tripod (which noone on TN seems to own :), I would suggest a flash (better yet, a flash bracket) for more depth of field and for avoiding wide-open softness. There seems to be some noise (ISO?) and jpeg artifacts, which are just facts of life. But I think I also see banding to the left of and below the bee's head. Is 5D known for banding?
Best wishes,

bonjour john
je pense que vous auriez du retoucher la BG avec un logiciel pour le bruit,mais sinon les details et couleurs sont bons.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-03-06 11:45]

Hola John.- Un Macro muy natural, finos colores y gran iluminacion. Me agrada. Saludos

Salut John
Superbe composition,j'aime bien l'éclairage et les magnifique couleurs de l'insecte et de sa fleur.On peut constater que sa récolte de pollen a été bonne.

Bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-06 22:38]

Excellent details and focus on the bee. Nice colors too. The flower is a little "blown out" but I am sure you had a very bright sun. Maybe you can try a faster shutter speed or shoot manual mode and under-expose by one f-stop when the sun is so bright on white flowers. But, I realize your subject was the bee and it shows very well!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-07 4:11]

Hello John,
Very nice macro.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

I can see the hairs!!! I love the colors and lighting here.
Great details and sharpness.

Good composition!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-03-07 14:26]

Goedenavond John ,Ik vind dit een prachtige macro foto , een gave compositie details en kleuren en dat honing bolletje aan zijn pootje ,een mooie achtergrond en omlijsting , Groeten Teunie .

Hello John a very beautifull shot the tight composition works well great detail and pleasing dof tfs rgds Necip.

Hi John,
An excellent macro shot here. I like the tight cropping and composition. Beautiful warm colors and sharp detail. Nice camera work!

Hi John,

Nice shot.
well focused, sharp.
A bit noisy [could be corrected]

Ben Lakitan

Very good details of flower and of bee. The light and contrast are perfect. Bravo. Best regards, Cezar.

Great photograpy, John,
Even the "TINY" pollen can be seen CLEARLY.
The colours are so very alive. Very well managed.
Excellent clarity.
Well composed & presented.
Best regards,

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-03-18 22:42]

Hi John. A very fine macro. It is sharp and clear with good colours. To see the actual pollens specs is amazing. Interesting note rounds off this excellent contribution. TFS. Murray.

Hi John,
It's a nice moment and good macro shot. Beautiful warm colors, sharp detail and nice composi.
Good work

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-03-29 18:06]

Good macro John, sharp, good exposure and nicely composed but a bit noisy at some places. Very good work ! Thanks,


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-11 19:34]
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Bella macro mi viejo amigo con agradable composición y excelentes características técnicas, gracias al adecuado y escaso DOF y la correcta captación a partir del foco y agudeza obtenidos.
Existe una evidente pérdida de calidad, tal vez por el elevado ISO utilizado o por el post procesado de la imagen que degrada ligeramente el resultado final.
Mis mejores saludos.... Ricardo

Beautiful macro my old friend with pleasant composition and excellent technical characteristics, due to appropriate and scarce DOF and the correct catchment starting from the focus and sharpness obtained.
Exists an evident loss of quality, perhaps for used high ISO or for the post processed of the image that degrades the final result lightly.
My best regards.... Ricardo

Hi dear John;very quality a macro shot,best colours,regards...

good macro with nice details, fine framing :)
the colours are beautiful and well balanced,
well done very close shot

Bonjour John,
Beautiful picture, excellent composition and POV. WoW! C'est magnifique et bien capté en Macro,very nice colors and sharpness..well Done

Hi John,

A very good close-up photo of the bee, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi John.


Good shot, dear friend.

jean paul

Hello John,

A great capture. Fine details and colours. Sharp and a nice diagonal POV. You can see the pollen in the air around the head of the bee. Good BG. Weldone. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-27 7:53]

Hello John,
This is one of the best macros of a Honey Bee that I have seen on TN, despite the close cropping.
Great POV and sharpness and the composition showing the full pollen baskets is excellent!

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-12-02 10:30]

i am no expert either but i can say this is good
for real critique you can say there is slight noise in the background a slight 'feel' on the surface of pixels having been 'managed'
the result of course is perfect and way better than some i have seen...but there is a long way to go..for me too to get the crispness and naturalness that can be seen taken by the experts here
my tip is to use a smaller aperture and tripod if possible..if light is poor and you make the best of it as you have...then speed is critical especially hand held.
did you use raw

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-03-14 13:25]

hi John,
beautiful picture, maybe you are not a specialist in macro images but this one is really great, the bee seems to be very busy and you catched it very well
best regards

Hello John. Nicely closed on this bee. I like the way its body is covered by the pollen. Looks like the bee is still hungry feeding inside the petal of the beautiful stamens. Well done and best regards. Jusni

hello John

an excellent photo of this bee on work, with fine POV, superb focus
sharpness and details, excellent contrast and excellent luminosity, TFS


Hello John,
a super macro shot, impressive details and splendid colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

Hi John,

Superb macro shot without doubt. Wonderful lights, cropping and composition - there's a bit of noise on the pic though, but not too much and isn't too strong. You show the "eating bee" in a pleasant way. Congrats and tfs.

The Hungarian word "buzogány" means "mace". :)

Friendly regards, László

Hi John,

Since your last post is a pet animal, i did not want to leave a comment there! Forgive me my friend! But this site is on nature, hope you could understan me!
Regarding this photo, a lovely macro capture of a bee while collecting nectar. Awesome work!
TFS this and have anice night!
Friendly regards,


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