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Carpenter Bee 2

Carpenter Bee 2
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Copyright: MY Wong (Seabird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-16 0:30
Viewed: 3203
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 14
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Dear all,

this is another portrait of the carpenter bee I saw in Kowloon Park last Sunday.

I would like to thank all of you who have left me comments and pointers at the Carpenter Bee 1 photo.

I would like to thank Bob for teaching me the way to make that photo more attractive - I have posted a very brave close-up of the Carpenter Bee 1 at the workshop -based on Bob instructions : ) I call that a brave act b'cos one will see the dark knight face-to-face in that photo : ))

here is the link for the face-to-face encounter: http://www.treknature.com/workshops/176501/photo21568.htm

I look forward to your comments and pointers for improvement. thanks much!

Have a great weekend!!

Man Yee

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenter_bee

Carpenter bees (the genus Xylocopa in the subfamily Xylocopinae) are large, hairy bees distributed worldwide. There are some 500 species of carpenter bee in 31 subgenera.

Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers (except those in the subgenus Proxylocopa, which nest in the ground). Members of the related tribe Ceratinini are sometimes referred to as "Small Carpenter Bees".

Carpenter bees are traditionally considered solitary bees, though some species have simple social nests in which mothers and daughters may cohabit. However, even solitary species tend to be gregarious, and often several will nest near each other. It has been occasionally reported that when females cohabit, there may be a division of labor between them, where one female may spend most of her time as a guard within the nest, motionless and near the entrance, while another female spends most of her time foraging for provisions.

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Hi Man Yee,

Your photo is just fantastic. The background is blurred as it has to be and the important parts are sharp.

My first photo was a carpenter bee on TrekNature but that one is nothing comparing to yours. Altough it ensures a kind of close-up: http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=100585

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-16 0:51]
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Hi My Wong,
this is much better image than your earlier one, flower is not dominating the bee. thats good. balancing black and white is bit difficult, details in shadows are less. good work. tfs.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-16 1:45]
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Hello Man Yee!

Very good picture of Carpenter Bee. I like POV with very sharp eyes and frontal part of body. Excellent composition with purple flower. This specie is different from our European Carpenter Bee which is all black.
BTW - I love your H-K night skyline on TE!

Hi My Wong,

Excellent macro image.Good detail and sharpness. Well done.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-16 9:43]

Hello Man Yee,

You have made a nice photo of the bee. You have correctly focused on insect's eye and rendered well the head and torax. May be some more details of the whitish torax should have been good.

Thank you for sharing,

Bella aproximación My. Impresionantes detalles en la cabeza y dificultad para plasmarlos. Has de mejorar la luz y la profundidad, ya que esta toma con esos parámetros corregidos sería fantástica.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

Hello Man Yee. You work is getting better and more impressive. You have utilized the 90mmFL Macro brilliantly and I like the look of the compound eye. Sharp focus and excellent detail. Well done and keep shooting. Regards. Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-18 0:40]

Hello MY Wong,
a greaqt shot of this insect. Sharp and clear. Beautifully composed and very pleasant shot.


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