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Pollen Time

Pollen Time
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Copyright: Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3879 W: 192 N: 3835] (14563)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-19
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 6:56
Viewed: 3708
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young. These creatures are beneficial to humans and the plant world alike, and tend to be larger and more visibly furry than other types of bee. Most, but not all, bumblebee species are gentle.

Bumblebees are social insects that are characterized by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands, a commonality among the majority of the species of Bombus; however, some species are known to have orange or even red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another distinguishing characteristic is the soft nature of the long, branched setae, called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy.

Queen and worker bumblebees can sting, but the sting is not barbed like that of the honey bee, so they can sting more than once.

(edited from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-14 7:03]

Hi Pablo

A lovely composition with good, strong colour. The shallow DOF works very well. I also like the way you have made a diagonal across the image with the flower heads, making bands of colour.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-14 7:35]

Hi Pablo,
you right its the time for the poolen, hatchum!!
Great shot, love the colors in this composition, full of warmth and brightness.
You captured fabulous detail, this little bumblebee looks very cute and seems to have been rolling in pollen.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-14 8:10]

Hi Pablo,
Wonderful symmetry of these flowers and the bumblebee having a nice time. Rich colours and sharp details. There is a sense of freshness in it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-14 10:25]

Fantastic macro, Pablo!
I love those colors and the bumblebee with its head rolled on polen, ha,ha. Great POV and DOF, and beautiful composition.

hi pablo,
the flowers with the bee makes a nice shot here, you are correct, its the pollen time, nicely saturated colour tones, lovely composition,
tfs & regards

Hi Pablo,
Lovely flowers and pollen covered bumble bee. POV and composition are great. Perfect exposure and well saturated colors. Appropriate blurred background. Very well done.

Oh good - more beautiful yellow flowers. What a wonderful color! Great composition with the fat little bumble bee off center a bit. And of course, as you have probably realized, I LOVE the color!! Great light on a great yellow.

Hello Pablo,
Very strong and beautiful colour with details and good frame
I loved it

bonjour pablo
le bourdon n'est pas un sujet facile car il ne fait que de bouger,ici la photo est assez nette et tres colorée.la profondeur de champ est bonne et le BG bien flou.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-14 13:42]

Hi Pablo.
What an interesting subject and cute yellow line. The bumblebee decorates this construction excellently. I like lovely colour palette, excellent sharpness of the insect and flowers and terrific BG. Last one is colored, blurred/detailed and illuminated greatly. Composition of the shot is its key point too. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Pablo,
I tried to capture a bumblebee as well last weekend. But I failed. You on the otherhand did it perfectly. A great moment captured, with stunning details and wonderful bright colors. I like the diagonal composition and the shallow DOF.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-14 14:04]

Hello Pablo,
Beautiful close up of this bumblebee.Colors,exposure,POV and framing are excellent.

This bumble bee looks as though he has been eating too much fast food. I understand science does not know how they fly. Aerodynamically it doesn't add up. Yet this one was slow enough on this day to visit your world of dandelions. Fine compliment to the subject...

Bob Pacific NW Wilderness

Hi Pablo, splendid busy bumblebee with wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

It's not only "Pollen Time" but it's "our" time to click away images. The Summers are short. We have to make HAY while the sun shines.
Another GREAT one.
How did you make that lovely DIAGONAL?
Best and friendly regards,

Morning Pablo,

Great composition. Beautiful close up of this bumblebee.Colors,exposure,POV are excellent. A very nice frame (subtle). You did it again. Weldone. Regards Bob

Are those Hawkweed flowers, Pablo?
Anyway, the bumblebee, obviously, is having a good time browsing around for pollen on them.
A well composed shot with the yellow colour lending a great charm to the image.
TFS and regards.

Hi Pablo,
Nicely composed picture, lovely vivid colors, very impressive shot.


très belle macro
belle couleurs aussi, très joli

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-15 11:30]

Hola Pablo,
Bellos colores y tonos,
original diagonal, y bella compo...
excelente trabajo,
saludos amigo.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-15 14:27]

Hello Pablo

Artistically composed shot with lovely colours and excellent details.The focus is spot on and the DOF is well managed.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-15 14:47]

This is beautiful macro,Pablo.
I like him very much your framing and composition with diagonalle line of dandelions.Effective and wonderful.Colors are lovly and pretty saturated.Shallow DOF and accurate sharpness on bumblebee along with blurry BG well collect view of main subject.Excellent your macro work!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-15 17:19]

Hi Pablo,
Great composition to show this bumblebee. Very nice colours excellent details.
TFS, José M.

Hi Pablo. Good bright macro. Clarity and colours are just right for this topic. I didn't know your Norwegian bees have their own fur coat as we can see in this excellent close up. tfs. Murray.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-16 3:45]

Hi Pablo

Nice spring time macro shot. Lovely details and wonderful colours in your flowers. With a nice added extra of that busy bee. Excellent POV and nice DOF



It is pollen time here as well Pablo. It is like snowing pollen at the moment here. I'm glad not suffering from allergies :) This is a very nice macro of this utile insect with natural colors and exposure. Well done and TFS,

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-06-16 20:55]

Hi Pablo, you're one of the few people I've seen that works so hard to make the Dandelion look good. Embellishing it with this Bumblebee helps. The composition with the bee on the flowers works well with great contrasting colours, and good detail on the bee and flowers.

Thanks, John

...just spent time outside shooting bees on my lupies - hard to get them sitting still long enough to allow the camera to 'think'. Appreciate the details here. Nice colors, strong design with the diagonal alignment of the dandelions.

Hello Pablo,
This is a great image of this Bumblebee especially when it has landed on this beautiful bright yellow flower. The detail can be seen well.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-17 6:58]

hello my friend
i agree with it is pollen time and nature photography time also
i like composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours, lighting and details
thanks for sharing

Bonjour Pablo,
Beautiful shot Pablo, a lovely composition with very nice colors, excellent point of view..
well done.

Absolutely incredible pov here sharp details and great colors. they are so fuzzy and friendly looking. TFS

Hi dear Pablo ,
very nice shot with lovely colours.
well composed and good sharpness.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-06-19 14:28]

Hi Pablo,

Yes pollen time, also for these bee, excellent composition with yellow flowers too, very well done.


Hello pablo !
i love bumblebees, they look like some tiny stuffed animals ! :-) What I like most here is the perfect diagonal composition, but colors, details and POV are wonderful too. Really a lovely picture. Very well done !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-21 10:51]

Hello Pablo,
Wow, I love this diagonal composition and the bumblebee is very cute too! Lovely colours - excellent work!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-23 13:11]

Hi Pablo!
Here we come to the most intimate love moment of the dandelion:-) "Tell me where is Fancy bred - or in the heart, or in the head?" (Shakespeare, hehe)

Olá Pablo

Linda foto...cores maravilhosas Pablo, um ótimo trabalho, parabéns!


Salut Pablo
J'aime beaucoup cette composition avec ce bourdon qui est après se gonfler de pollens après cette fleur.
Très beaux détails et belles couleurs et beau BG
Bravo et merci....JP

Hi Pablo,
I like the flowers running through the frame on the diagonal, nice. Well composed with warm color and good detail..Very easy on the eye :)

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-07-06 19:15]

Hello Pablo,
Gorgeous Bee with flowers photo my friend.
I like your composition,busy bee,colors,frame,note,focus,sharpness and dof.TFS
Have a Nice Weekend,

Hi Pablo,

nice to see this bumblebee at work. I like the yellow dominating the image.

Another good Pablo's work!


This little critter is really into the job! All pollen covered, so cute! Good catch!

Hi Pablo,

A nice image of the flowers and of the bumblebee, the photo has a good compsoition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Pablo,
Great composition and sharpness. Brilliant colours.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hello Pablo. Excellent isolation of the bee and the yellow flowers against the contrasting green background. I like the pollen covered bee busy at work. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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