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Keep out! All is mine!

Keep out! All is mine!
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/32, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-04 5:54
Viewed: 5622
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I wish to pause in a narration about visitors of this fine flower. The number of them is huge (and I have many pictures of other visitors) but I believe that all of you were already convinced of its attractiveness for many different insects.

These flowers are very unpretentious and grow around of my garden as a wild. Of course, originally they have been landed on the next gardens and have been brought by a wind on almost all plots. My wife has replaced them to our beds too. However all my pictures are taken on the deserted sites because of there nobody forbids me to tremble down the ground around them.

Now I have used my macro lens (with TC Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG). This shot was taken in a day after all previous pictures with this flower and I can compare this lens with Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro. Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D) is one of the best macro lenses. In spite of this fact Sigma lens is more convenient for shooting timid butterflies and rather large insects from long distance. Especially I like its zoom feature. However, for true macro photography true macro lens is needed. And I prefer to use it with true macro flash (I mean my Minolta Macro Ring flash).

This shot is not the best my macro picture (I suppose) but it reflects my preferences and dots cute one's i's and cross one's t's in my series.

I do not say "Farewell" to charming Gaillardia I say to it "Good-bye".

Add. shot info:
Exposure program: manual.
Focusing mode: manual.
Focal length: 100x2=200 mm.
Exposure time: 1/160 sec.
Aperture Value: f/32.
Support: handheld.
Frame: almost full frame.
PP: minimum PP.
Add. equipment: TC Kenko 2x Teleplus MC7 DG & Minolta Macro Ring Flash 1200 AF-N.

Insect info:
Help is needed.

It is updated owing to Marie Christine Guegan (mariki).

Captured Bee is halictus sp (see, for example, Halictus sp.).

Many thanks to dear Marie for knowledge and help.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mariki: the same speciesAlex99 4 12-06 21:22
To izler: Many Thanks.Alex99 1 12-05 12:18
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hello alexei,
what a lovely macro shot, the colours are lovely, nice point of view, the bee with the pollen all around has been captured with precision, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-12-04 6:13]

Ok, Alexei, I won't touch your flower :-) Fantastic, saturated colours and lots of pollen for one bee. I like this scene very much. Your note is as always very interesting!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-04 6:14]

Hi Alexei

Superb detail here - quite amazing in fact. This must have taken much patience. Wonderful saturated colours also.


Hi Alex,
What a color explosion here!
You've got a very good macro photography of this gorgeous flower and its visitors.
I like so much the contrast made by these vivid colours and its saturation.
Details got show pretty well the capabilities of a true macro lens.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi Alexei,
It´s a superb capture, I see many of bees eating in such way, but your picture is far better tahn mine. Colours and sharpnes are simply great!

You are a very modest person in saying this is not a macro to your best satisfaction, Alexei. In fact, it is a masterpiece!
The finest aspect of this capture is the colourful vividness of the pollen that the bee has amassed on its limbs. Your caption describes the hilarity of the situation very aptly -- a greedy pollen-gatherer at his most efficent!!
Ha, ha, ha!!!
The bands on the abdomen are also very well captured. There is an unmistakable synergy between the flower and the subject.
BTW, I am deeply obliged for your kind words on my 500th post. Thanks!
Warm regards,

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  • ved (26)
  • [2007-12-04 6:47]

Extremely well composed snap. Wonderful colors and sharpness. Overall a great shot!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-04 6:47]

WOWWWW!! How selfish this bee!! She want all the polen for herself! ha,ha! What a stuning and magnificent macro-shot, dear Alexei!! It's really impressive and beautiful with those intense colors and marvellous details!
Really superb!

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful macro shot. Seem that you go for the maximum power of the lens. Nice sharp and well seen image. POV and composition are great.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-04 7:01]

Hi Alexei,
excellent shot, packed full of detail and beautiful colours....the tiny specks of pollen across his hairy back is superb. Very impressive work indeed, well done.

Like King Midas of Biblical fame...he counts his pollen as the king counted his gold..and he is dripping in the pollen as well.. I am hoping we see many more next year in the honey bee area..with ongoing problems and parasites...fine job. Nice image and I suspect we shall see more summer shots from many folks...well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-04 7:30]

Hello Alexei,
What an impressive pollen-collector!! I suppose the wings are the only places where it can't carry the pollen! Very funny and well-timed capture in beautiful colours and great sharpness. Well done!
I look forward to what's coming next from you!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Alex, That is an incredible amount of detail and colour! Your photo is like a cool, macro explosion in my eyes! Very powerful stuff.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-04 8:01]

Hello Alexei,
What a superb macro of a busy bee at work. Technically this is first class with good use of flash to illuminate the possibility of a very small aperture and adequate shutterspeed. Excellent composition and colours. I like the feel of hard concentrated work by the bee, shown by its posture, the POV and the richness of the pollen.
Great capture!
Well done and thanks, my friend,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-04 8:11]

Impressive shot,Alexei!
Sharpness,details and colors are marvellous.Well done

this is like being in another world
you keep getting closer and sharper..
the impact of the colours alone are very impressive..macro details are superb
what is most interesting for me are the short stubby wings..
i understand bees only see in the infra red or ultra violet..one or the other..wavebands
leaving the question..
why do the flowers seem so beautiful...to us!
are they a gift

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-04 9:03]

Stunning capture Alexei!
I never knew you could get colours as vivid as this! ;)
Razor-sharp with mind-blowing detail.
Perfectly composed and a great birds-eye POV.
Just SUPERB!!!
Very well done,

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  • Neon Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 10] (92)
  • [2007-12-04 9:28]

Applausses! clap clap clap! Amazing capture and details.

Hello Alexei
Very intersting scene you captured,
Perfect focusing,colors and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-04 9:43]

Hi Alexei

An even closer view of your beautiful flowers and their visitors. Wonderfully sharp details here. I love all the pollen. Lovely image in glorious colours



Dear Alexei,
what an impressing wealth of finest details and rich colours! A most splendid place of luxury observed with a very good eye for the hiden wonders next door, recorded with ultimate precision. Thank you!
My best regards,

Hello Alexei,
This is trully a super macro to me! and it's closeness is just awesome with perfect total sharpness, vivid colour and in every single details
I loved the bee with full of pollens!
very well done and composed
my compliment again for your wonderful work on nature!
best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-04 11:07]

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one of the best pics in this year !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 points are not enough,thanks for share,Luciano

Ciao Alexei,
che esplosione di colori intensi!
Perfetta messa a fuoco e originale composizione.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-12-04 11:30]

selam Alexei; wow Excellent shot of this lovely flower and on it a insect .Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

Hi Alexei!
What a colourful and detailed bee presentation! Colours and sharpness are really good, I believe that it was impossible to take this picture in better way :) Bravo also for the title - not only funny but...true! ;>
Best greetings from cloudy and grey Lodz!

Hi Alexei, splendid macro with great details, superb colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Alexei,
splendid macro shot, very sharp and perfectly focused with outstanding details and wonderfull vivid colors,

You've taken us to the heart of the giallardia, where we are plunged into the intricate details & rich colors there. And the hard-working bee, fully "immersed" in his task..Perhaps not the best macro you've ever posted, but in and of itself a wonder..If one only has eye's to see :)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-04 15:09]

Hola amigo...
realmente espectacular,
colores y atractivo trabajo,
foco genial,
festival de polen. :)
saludos Alexei

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-04 19:16]

Wow Alexei, this is what I call sharp, incredible, we can count the pollen! I like the flaming red against the gold pollen, I like the hair of the insect compared with the hair of the flower's heart. Thak you!

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-12-04 22:41]

Belles et vivifiantes couleurs.
Bonne journée.

Hello Alexei,
It is amazing to see this guy so full of pollen!
Sharp fine details, rich attractive colours...
A well composed presentation of this fine macro!
Pablo -

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-05 0:36]

Hi Alexei,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you. Sorry, absolutely tied up with an urgent assignment hence forced to do a short-work.

Hello Alexei,

Very nice composition and what a strange beem, the wings seem so small compared to the length of the body (or is it a visual effect?).
Good sharpness and beautiful vivid colours.

bonjour alex
oh là là de mieux en mieux !!! que de bons détails , couleurs admirables, netteté parfaite
bravo++++ et merci

Genial macro. Buenos detalles y excelente iluminación.
Muy buena nota.
Saludos Alex. Juan Luis.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-05 5:00]

Hello Alexei, very nice macro in a colorful environment. Sharp and nicely done. Thanks !


bonjour alexei
F/32! qui dit mieux?
tout simplement parfaitement detaillée,j'adore les grain de pollen qui deviennent ici presque des billes.
magnifique en tous points.

  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-05 11:22]
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merhaba my friend
woooww only i say its perfect macro...
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, contrast, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Alexei,
A wonderful picture!
Spectacular macro with impressive details.
Perfect combination of the colors.
Excellent sharpness and framing.
Very well composed!
Congratulations... another beautiful work!
José Roberto

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-05 16:22]

Hola Alexei. Exelente Macro con tu nuevo lente y 2x lograste una muy buena foto. Muy hermosos los colores de la Abeja y la flor.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-05 18:02]

Hello Alexei,
Focus soooo sharp that you can count the individual pollen grains. This is a brilliant image Alexei.

Wow! the colour and detail are amazing! my hats off to you for a superb presentation!
Well done sir...

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-06 3:28]

Hi Alexei,
You got so many details here! Focus, sharpness, colors, contrast and POV are very good. Lovely macro shot. TFS
Best wishes,

Hola Alexei, nos estás presentando una serie impresionante llena de color y buen hacer. Esta
última que nos presentas es una maravilla que parece sacada del espacio::::::::por las formas, viveza de los colores, profundidad lograda, luz y ángulo de disparo. Se hace difícil definirla pero el resultado es bello y espectacular. Excelente !!

Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hello Alexei.

Nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

By golly, Alexei,
What an unique, EXCEPTIONAL piece of art.
Only one word to describe this one:


Great notes too.

Mario from the COLD.

Hi Alexei
what a nice macro shot of bee with pollens. excellent details and sharpness, superb coloration and great composition and POV. TFS, well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-06 19:05]

Hello Alexei

Amazing macro shot of this bee.The grains of pollen are well defined.
Excellent razor sharp focus and sharp detail.
The illumination is producing vivid and rich colours.
The POV is fabulous.
Great job.


Hello Alexei,

What a tremendous macro! I have never before seen so clearly the innermost secrets of the gaillardia, nor the detailed parts of the bee! It is possible to see the pollen baskets on its hairy legs! Wonderful! Carry on shooting these lovely flowers ... with your wife's permission, of course!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your kind words about 'Goose on the Loose.

Hola Alexei,
La composición es muy hermosa por su luz y bellos contrastes de colores, la luz y definición son extraordinarias, interesante nota, saludos
José Ramón

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-10 16:07]

Hi Alexei, I like the vivid colours here and the interesting notes. Your macros are very good indeed. TFS. Murray.

There are so many details in this picture Alexei that we don't know what to look at :)! Colors are impressive and so are this moment caught, excellent exposure and great proximity. I feel like being part of its tinny world :)! Well seen and well done, congrats!

Hi Alexei,
I'm sorry I did'nt look at your slides for a while. Here I say only: superb, the details , the light, the colours.
My best regards

Hallo Alexei
I am green with jealousy. This image proofs your success as photographer in something that I am trying for a long time now. A capture of a bee on a flower, BUT also a bee in focus. This is truly a colourful and most outstanding image. The clarity of the details of both the flower and the bee is super. A terrific close up with great focus and super sharpness. I love the way you filled the frame with the subject, this way bringing it closer to the eye, making it more visible to appreciate the finer details, and here I especially refer to the fine body hairs, and all that yellow pollen dust. It looks as if this guy is having a feast. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

Hi Alexei,

Apart from the exceptionality of the quality of this great macro capture, i also love the title:)
TFS and have a nice week MF!


Super macro!!!
Excellent capture with fantastic clarity, focus and splendid colours

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