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"Metallic Green Bee"

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Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50 DLSR, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 6:04
Viewed: 4847
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TN friends, I present the photo of the metallic green bee. This fella is very beautiful and attractive species I think and pretty new to me. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my favorite lens(macro 60mm) and the flash light at that time and I'd tried to shoot them a lot, but it's hard to get clean shot of them. This is my best shot of this metallic green bee so far and maybe I will try to photograph them again next year. :-)
I hope you will like it and any comments welcome! :-)

* Metallic Green Bee, Sweat Bee or Halictid Bee
Agapostemon virescens

- Bees in the Family Halictidae are commonly known as Halictid, or sweat bees. It is said they are attracted to perspiration. They are generally small bees, often brightly metallic colored. They nest underground, with the gregarious bees sharing a common gallery with a single entrance. They are important pollinators of many flowering plants.

(source: http://zipcodezoo.com/Animals/A/Agapostemon_virescens.asp)

This photo is cropped and resized, USM and ND on photoshop.

PaulH, horia, fartash, Silvio2006, gracious, Silke, jrobertop, vanderschelden, tiklod, earthtraveler, Argus, Pentaxfriend, anel, marhowie, peter_stoeckl, Maite, Aaltjie has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-08 6:35]

Hi Kevin,
very impressive indeed, once again! You really are highly skilled at this type of photography. Amazing detail and vibrant colour, i love the composition too, this is excellent work my friend.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-08 6:37]

You are right Kevin, this really is an extraordinary and very beautiful bee.
It's colors are really vibrant here and reflecting all that light makes them look even more impressive. I think the green metallic thorax is terrific bit i also love those big eyes - which again are not black as usualy, but have that interesting pattern on them.
A photo well taken - with a great exposure and impeccably sharp details, but also composed superbly with the nice tilted flower and a lovely blurred BG behind the bee.
Goregous job!

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-08 6:40]

Hello Kevin, great macro again, sharp with a good composition, great exposure and lots of details. Well done my friend !


Hello Kevin
Wonderful shot of this Metallic Green Bee,
Perfect details,composition and exposure,
Thank you for your kind words :o)
I really enjoy looking at your macro shots.
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

hello kevin,
lovely capture of the bee perched on the flower enjoying the nectar, the image is very sharp with good details, well saturated colours, liked the metalic shine very much, well composed shot, nice frming,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Kevin, lovely colorful composition with wonderful bee, I never see before of this specie, thanks, and splendid flower, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-08 9:17]

Hello Kevin,
really very sharp and ... masterwork with respect to light and colour presentation. Particularly, the green metallic head and thorax of the bee is best displayed. Fine and sharp structural details of the flower and of the insect are shown. The whole composition is very attractive.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Seo,
Excellent composition with a awesome colouration!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details in the shot!
very well done and well pleased always
all the best

Hello Kevin,

Great composition with all these beautiful vivid colours! Sharpness is perfect. Well done!

Ciao Kevin,
la luminositÓ, la nitidezza e la fedeltÓ dei colori in questa foto sono davvero eccellenti.


bonjour kevin
tres tres belle photo,j'adore les reflets metalliques sur le thorax de cette abeilles ainsi que ses yeux.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-08 10:24]

Fabulous composition with outstanding colours and details!
Hello fellow Ontarian :D


Hello Kevin,
Colourful image.
The DOF and sharpness for this macro are evry good.
Well composed.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-08 16:44]

Hello Kevin,
You done a great job again!
Fantastic colors and beautiful details!
very nice composition and DOF

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-09 2:48]

a very nice compositions of colours...can i give 10 points??? whit a simple bee you make a fantastic shot !!!my best compliments,Luciano

Hi Kevin
Wonderful composition!
Magnificent colors; excellent sharpness, details and contrast.
Congratulations for the beautiful work.
Best wishes,
JosÚ Roberto

Hi Kevin,
This macro is simply PERFECTLY DONE :-)
Amazing details and wonderful vivid colours.
FÚlicitations! You make GREAT JOB SIR!
Best regards,


Hi Kevin,
Another excellent macro for us!
Sweet composition with extra fine deatil and color
Lighting and image clarity are great
Is it a photograph or a window into another time and place? :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-09 9:05]

Hello Kevin.
The size of the bee compared to the aster flower that it is on gives some idea iof the size of thei Sweat Bee and you have caught it sharply and set it is a fine composition, the green coloring of the bee complementing the aster's color.
Thanks for sharing this nice shot and have a good weekend too!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-09 10:18]

Hello . good picture i will return internet problems.


Hi Kevin,

What a beautyful Metalic Green Bee
SUPERB sharp details
lovely compo with excellent POV, DOF and colours

TFS Thijs

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-09 19:40]

Hello Kevin

Wow, super composition.I love how you have placed the flower in the corner like that.
The lighting is awesome,and the colours are amazing.The metallic green is superb.
Great POV and DOF.
The focus is razor sharp with excellent details.
Great camera work.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-10 2:42]

Hello Kevin,
Interesting to see this metallic bee on a colourful flower. They are really of great beauty with their metallic coloration. Excellent focus on the superb eyes. Well seen.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-10 3:04]

Hi Kevin,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

Wow color Kevin, a real eye pleaser.
Excellent DOF, POV, and tack sharp details.
Very well done.

Hello Kevin,
brilliant colours from a bright autumn sun in this well composed, richly detailed image. That Metallic Green Bea is a most beautiful insect, coming in lustrous colours that would rather be expected from tropical insects, and you have captured that busy insect very well.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-31 3:44]

Dear Kevin
With this stunning shot I want to thank you for all the great moments enjoying your marvellous pictures and your comments. I hope to keep enjoying with a lot more from you during the next year.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes

Hello Kevin
I just love this one. Absolutely beautiful! Stunning photo with brilliant colours. I have seen these insects before but I always stand estonished by the beautiful colours they carry with them and this one is no exception. This one reminds me of the tintsels on a christmas tree. Amazing!
Beste Regards.
Aaltjie and Hettie

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