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Fly Bumblebee... Fly!

Fly Bumblebee... Fly!
Photo Information
Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-03 7:55
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

An image of an enormous and beautiful bumblebee in the full flight with a strange effect produced by beating of its wings.

Like in other opportunities, its precise identification was not possible. Like most of the published photos, it was captured within the Ecological Reserve Costanera Sur of Buenos Aires.

I only can say to them that its size is of approx 60mm. (perhaps something more), than has a listed coloration red fire and black and that to differences of other species that memory, does not have the typical and abundant hair on its body.

Usually they frequent this shrub of violet and fuchsia flowers along with another variety that has yellow tones (perhaps is sexual dimorphism and are of the same species).

At no moment they showed an intimidatory or aggressive behavior when approaching me to photograph them.

I hope you like it.


Original file 2272x1704 in Super Macro mode with -1.3 of exposure
Crop and resize for publication
USM 80%

(Trans. of Babel Fish)

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To ellis49: :)))RAP 1 11-04 07:51
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tres jolie photo,
les ailes bleutées en mouvement rendent tres bien, dommage qu'il n'y est pas legerement plus de detail.

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  • mrvdm1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 14 N: 93] (301)
  • [2004-11-03 8:11]
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Very, very good shot. Your timing was exceptional!! Well done!

Great photo and amazing effect created by its beating wings. Maybe alittle dark though. This looks quite different from the bumblebees in the UK and it seems very large (like a small bird).

This bee looks huge, Ricardo. What is it's size? The wing effects is unique and a pleasure to see. TFS.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-03 8:41]
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It looks too big and fat to take off!
A nice capture and great motion blur of the wings.
A very unusual looking bee,one that we dont see over here.
A good shot,well done.

Ricardo, This is a most excellent action shot! Nice freeze-frame of the wings conveying the motion well. Colorful frame very pleasing to the eye! Love this! I've tried getting a shot of these large Bumble-bees but they have proved too elusive thus far. Hats-Off on this one!!

Hi ricardo, good shot,real sharp and clear, good colours and good capture of the motion of the wings.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-03 10:17]

Nice challenge Ricardo. Not an easy one.
Interesting note. TFS. Continue your good work!

Amazing!well freezed,and result with notice to trace of the wings ais wonderful,congratulation,unique,...Ricardo

I like it. A huge insect. I like the movement of the wings. Colours are beautiful.

Greetings, Jan

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-03 13:56]

This is brilliant. great action shot. Well captured. It is one to be proud of.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-03 14:29]

I have not seen anything like that before, I'd love to see other views of it. It's a great shot, I like the light in the wings. Good colours too. Well done Ricardo.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-04 2:22]

Excellent timeing! Once these guys are in the air they are not easy to capture. The DOF and color is great.

Thanks for posting

Hi Ricardo.
I missed this one ;-(.
I have never seen this before , this was big.
Good action shot with nice motion blur.Nice colours and good details.
Great note like always.
Great work.

Hi Ricardo
This is really an outstanding image, and you caught the movement very well. This is an elephant bee, compared with the small ones normally posted here. Would love to see it in real life.!

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