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For Rathika my Friend

For Rathika my Friend
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-08
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 1:29
Viewed: 3872
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week I had called Rathika to give me some advice on place I should visit for wildlife shooting. She as usual promptly suggested me to goto Yamuna Bio-Diversity Park on GT-Karnal Highway.

I took the direction from her driver and set my journey to the park. I was disappointed when the Security Guard stopped for citing Sunday as holiday but had to request him to let me go for doing some photo shoot. Security guard took pity on me and then I was allowed and I really enjoyed. The park was so big and full of insects/birds/dragonflies.

Thanks once again Rathika and i will visit this place again on coming saturday since you just can not cover in one day. You need two days to cover the park.

I think the ID is Bumblebee family.

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Subfamily: Apinae
Tribe: Bombini
Genus: Bombus
Latreille, 1802


more than 250 species and subspecies in 37 subgenera

Bumblebees (also spelled bumble bee, also known as humblebee) are flying insects of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae.

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.[1] Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the long, branched setae, called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula; a shiny concave surface that is bare but surrounding by a fringe of hairs, used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport). 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. Bumblebee species are non-aggressive, but will sting in defense of their nest, or if harmed.

Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young

Bumblebees are typically found in higher latitudes and/or high altitudes, though exceptions exist (there are a few lowland tropical species). A few species (Bombus polaris and B. arcticus) range into very cold climates where other bees might not be found. One reason for this is that bumblebees can regulate their body temperature, via solar radiation, internal mechanisms of "shivering" and radiative cooling from the abdomen (called heterothermy). Other bees have similar physiology, but it has been best studied in bumblebees.

Some more information can be found also


Thanks for all who offered me workshop to improve my knowledge further.


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Hi ganesh,
excellent macro shot,great pov and sharpness,well done.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-12 1:47]

Hi Ganesh,
a lovely dedication.
Excellant macro shot.
Sharp and very detailed.
Well done,

Hi Ganesh,
Now this is a closeup. Superb with excellent POV and composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing. friend.

Nice focus on the eyes. Sharp and nice BG.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-12 4:16]
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Hi Superb close up shot.Lovely colours to match..
Glad you find the part fruitful for photography.
Its big,winter you find more birds activity.

Hi Ganesh.
Sure is close, well done. The size of those eyes. Slightly soft but still good detail. The composition of him coming right at you looks good to see the face detail.
Good one, TFS

New Zealand

hi ganesh ,
nice macro shot, good point of view, the head of the insect has been shot with good details,liked the composition, colours and contrast , the only nit is the over exposed patches at the bottom of the image,
tfs & regards

pls inform which macro lens are you using and the cost , i am planning to buy one soon,


Hi Ganesh.
Thanks a lot for your mark my gallery as favorite. It does me credit.
POV of your shot is great and impressive. As a portrait this shot also is very good. However, the DOF is shallow. The DOF at using lens with large focal length is too shallow at close distance. To get large DOF it is needed use of small aperture value and/or long distance (with cropping if it is needed). In any case very interesting and useful work. My best wishes and see you in a few days after my return from country.

Hi Ganesan,

Looks like you spent a few intimate moments with this Bumble Bee. You really got very close to this bee. Great picture.

- Murali Santhanam

HI Ganny,
a very nice picture with fine details on the head,
the colours are also nice.
About the DOF I can agree what Alexei wrote,
otherwise it's a good picture.
Well done.

Gran enfoque y original colorido. Foto diferente. Saludos.

Hello Ganesh

Nice macro with good colours and POV. I wish you had a bit more of a DOF..but this has a nice effect as well. The light is excellent.


Nice macro of this bee's face, Ganesan.
The focus is quite sharp and the details and colours pretty impressive.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Narayanan
Excellent shot of this Bumblebee,
Great focusing,composition and BG,
Superb shot, Welldone.

Good Luck

Hello Narayanan,
Awesome close-up with great details!
I like the point of view, putting the viewer face to fact with the insect...
A well composed presentation, good natural colours!
Pablo -

Hi Narayanan,
Very good macro shot. It looks rightening in this shot. The details are very nice.Look at its eyes.Wow


Superbe gros plan avec ses yeux impressionnants.

Hi Ganesh,
This is one of the best portrait of Bombus species I have ever seen on TN. Very good details, sharpness and POV.
Also colours are beautyful.
TFS and best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-17 19:33]

Hello Ganesh

The colours are very good.The POV is well done.I like the composition.Excellent eye contact.TFS


Shall I give thanks to you and Madame Rathika both for this nece photo.

What a face! So big! Good job!

Nice sharp macro, at first glance I thought it was a wasp.

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