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flight of the bumblebee (bonus spider)

flight of the bumblebee (bonus spider)
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Copyright: Gethin Hill (inked) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-15 1:54
Viewed: 7557
Points: 42
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hi guys and girls,

i've decided to not post a bird shot today, and maybe to post a few inverts for a few posts.

so i thought id start with this one.. i would love to say this came about due to my brilliant photography skills, but unfortunately have to put down to sheer luck.

i was out roaming my backyard one day, taking shots of random things, when a bee (blue-banded bee, Amegilla sp.) flew in. i snapped 3 shots off before it flew off. I didn't expect any to turn out, and don't think i even looked at the previews on the camera as i expected them just to be 3 blurry, delete later, pics.

Once i got them to the computer, to my suprise, i had managed to catch the bee in flight from a nice side on POV, and with a small lynx spider on the flower as an added bonus!

so the moral for todays story is, even if you don't think you'll get the shot, click anyway! who knows what you might end up with. gotta love digital..

thanks for looking

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Hi Gethin,
A nice flying action capture. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-15 2:08]

Hi Gethin,
Beautiful in flight macro shot.Colors,sharpness,DOF and moment you caught are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Wow! Nice shot. The flower is sharply focussed and looks gorgeously coloured. The flower and bumblebee together make one great shot! Excelent composition and POV. Great work.

Hi Gethin, I go with that moral. Digital's cheap, you might as well shoot. In any case it did take a certain amount of skill to set the aperture and speed for this "lucky" shot, and you knew how to compose and when to fire for perfect positioning, so I think you can take some credit. The shot is very nice, with great depth of field giving us the bee, spider and flower. Detail is great throughout, and the colours are great. Exposure and timing were perfect.

Thanks, John

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-15 3:11]

Hi Gethin,
totally agree with your line of thought, you never know what you might get til you get it home..yep, gotta love digital!
You caught a great moment here, with this Bee coming into land. Colours and sharp focus of the flower are great too and the Bee itself is very well placed - nice work!

Bellissima macro, molto bella la composizione con la contrapposizione-attrazione del fiore e dell'insetto, buona nitidezza, colori belli e saturi. Grazie e complimen ti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Gethin,

Superb capture. Excellent POV, DOF and focus. Great sharpness and colours.
Very well done,

Hi Gethin
Great flying action shot with a added bonus
Great timing and detail
Nice color and composition
Yes you gotta love digital
tfs jon

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-15 9:05]

Hello Gethin, splendid action shot. TFS. Regards,

This is a very good picture which is difficult to shoot. the compostion , colors and the exposure is spot on, overall a very good picture!
Goutham R

Hi mate,
Yes, this is a nice side on pov alright, just brilliant!
perfect dof with good sharpness, vivid colour and superb details
well done, my friend!

Hello Getlin,

Nicely captured flying bee.

Good sharp and lots of details.


Hi Gethin
The aperture worked well for getting both the bee, flower and spider in focus but still blur the flower behind. An interesting shot, well done and TFS. It just goes to show that you dont have to travel far to take good images.

Hi Gethin,

Excellent action photo. I have very rarely seen a bee in flight. I have not tried to catch any myself but I just have to assume it is not that easy otherwise this forum would be full of them. That is just cool! Great composition, sharp details and bright colours.



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-16 23:15]

Hi Getin

Great action-shot - good framing plus great colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Gethin,

Apologies for not being around much had a brief spell in hospital so I'm still trying to catch up on a lot of missed postings, this is beautiful that 1/500 has frozen the bee but just left the wings in motion, superb detail, and the colours of the flower are stunning, love the POV, perfect d.o.f, really nice work mate,

Cheers Rick :)

Hello Gethin,
Very nice action shot, good sharpness and depth of field, beautiful colors and superb details, well odne.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-07 1:17]

Merhaba Gethin,

Hem uçuş esnasında yakaladığın arıyı hem de bonusuyla birlikte kaydettiğin çiçeği aynı kare içinde mükemmel sunmuşsun. Renkler, keskinlik ve detaylar harika. Çok güzel bir kompozisyon ortaya koymuşsun. Eline sağlık.


Hi Gethin,
I just visited you gallery. I must say that Australia is so far and so different (species) for me that I did not visit such galleries often. But, I'm wrong. This photo is a lesson for me: to catch a inflight bee (not easy at all!) and to discover a spider as bonus can happen everywhere in the world. Thanks for this lesson!
Best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-24 19:21]

This is NOT an easy photo to capture - and you did well Gethin.
Yes, 3 in one shot. The flower is pretty - we have them grow here in NZ, but I can't remember the name.
And good sharp catch of the bee as well as the spider.
Well done

Hi Gethin, very nice picture!

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