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Blue Banded Bee

Blue Banded Bee
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-06 23:23
Viewed: 2817
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue Banded Bee
Amegilla cingulata (Fabricius, 1795)
Apidae family

Yellow Alder
Turnera ulmifolia
Tumeraceae family

Last year I posted some images of the same species of bee. Its fun and challenge in trying to capture this bee visiting these flowers. Focusing is critical and its chance most of the times. They visit the flowers in early morning when the lighting is low and freezing their movement is bit tricky. Here I used built in flash, the bee hovers in front of the flower for a fraction of a second only. The flower is bright that gives some exposure problems. But, this image test one's technical capabilities and patience and also one should know the behavior of the insect very much. Hope you like this one.

Alex99, mwmod99, siggi, paolo49, Emi_1987, maurydv, anel, marius-secan, uleko, rousettus, Miss_Piggy, Argus, Dis. Ac., vanda, bungbing, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-06 23:46]

Hi Nagaraj.
Perfectly composed shot of an amazing scene. I am surprised how you could freeze this charming bee using so slow shutter speed. Nevertheless sharpness f the image is good and details of the image are excellent. My compliments and TFS.

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2011-02-07 0:17]

In my opinion this type of macro photography are amongst the most difficult for execution! Bravo Nagaraj, perfect timing, perfect point of view and exposition! At 1/60s you have a superb sharpness and motion in the same time! Awesome!
George Veltchev

Hello Nagaraj,
Excellent capture with nice motion of the wings. Yes, I can imagine it must be difficult and require a lot of patience. Very well done under the circumstances.

Hello Nagaraj,

The moment is perfectly captured, just as the insect is deciding weather it is worth while to land!
The composition is well done with the elements in the right places, sharp fine details in the bee...
Lovely natural colours too..!

Pablo -

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-07 2:54]

Hello Nagaraj,
This is a Great action-shot which is difficult to shoot. the compostion , colors and the exposure is spot on, overall a very good picture.Best regards Siggi

Hello Nagaraj, fantastic capture on the flay, perfect colors details and light despite the difficulty of the shot. A great image. Regards, Paolo

Hi Nagraj
Great timing, great shot, nice colors and good composition. Job well done!
Regards Hedesan

Ciao Nagaraj. Spectaculat flying capture in very good details and exiting soft colours.


Hallo Nagaraj,
a fantastic capture of the Blue Banded Bee in flight, very good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV, a very good visual impact
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-07 6:10]

Hello Nagaraj,
How did you do to have so perfectly in focus the beautiful Blue banded bee with a shutter speed of 1/60. I suppose it was hoovering on place and you caught it just at the right moment. Next to that it's a wonderful composition and the complementary colors are just so pleasant. Well done!
Kind regards

hello Nagaraj
very nice shot with great details and super sharpness
i like the beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Nagaraj, fantastic capture of im-flight bee, great macro with wonderful bright colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Nagraj - a great capture of the bee. Excellent POV with really good sharpness taken at a low shutter speed. TFS

Impressive photo Nagaraj . The POV, the timing, the composition, the colours, the light, and the sharpness on the bee are excellent.

Hi Mr. Nagraj,

Perfect timing click! A flying bee with superb clarity.
Great composition & good POV. Welldone & TFS.


Hello Nagaraj,
Very nice scene with splendid colors and nice composition.
Caching the bee in flight is a difficult job.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-07 11:38]

Hello Nagaraj,
Stunning photo. So sharp and using 1/60 sec., very remarkable. Great photo in beautiful colours. Taken from a very good POV in an excellent composition. Beautiful blurred BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-07 14:57]

Hi Nagaraj,a very difficult pic and an excellent result,you be brave to try it! Very good details,colors and composition,i wish to make the same one day..ehhee..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Nagraj,
It is not all that easy to compose and get this bee in perfect place,in motion, very well done my friend.TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-08 4:50]

Hello Nagaraj,
well taken moment. The inflight is so special and the details are excellently preserved. i like to note the big shiny compound eye. you have presented it so lively ans nicely of this drama in nature so well.
The bright yellow flower also catch the attention.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-08 7:52]

Hello Nagaraj,
A brilliant view of this little Bee approaching the pretty flower. Excellent timing, great focus and details and beautiful colours against the soft background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Dear Nagaraj,
I can only say EXCELLENT capture. It is very difficult to shoot insects in in-flight condition, its require dedication, patience observation. You have all the quality.
Thank you.

Hallo Nagaraj
what a great timing of capture this beautiful blue banded bee, which try to arrive to beautiful colored flower. focus, POV/DOF and composition very nice. also coloration.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

Hello Nagaraj,
Amazing scene and great timing you have captured here. Fine details, natural colours, excellent POV and blurred BG. Well done!

Hallo Nagaraj
This rocks.... I love everything about this photo...
This image is fantastic. Thanks for sharing it!
Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-09 8:02]

Hello Nagaraj,
A wonderful action macro of a Blue-banded Bee approaching a flower. You supplemented the low lighting well by the use of flash to achieve nice sharpness, natural colours and great lighting.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Nagaraj,

wow, what an fantastic shot, you have made here an exellent picture. Good pov, sharpness and composition.
Fine natural colors.
Very well done my friens.


nice flight capture, TFS Ori

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-03-13 9:40]

Hi Nagaraj!
Impressive capture of bee in flight! Superb details of the insect and beautiful bokeh effect around. Excellent blurred BG.
Splendid light. Very well composed.
ciao! Vanda

Perfect picture of flying Bee .
Very well focused with great POV.

Hi Nagaraj,
A superb captured of this beautiful little bee, amazing how you captured the bee during the flight! very good sharpness exact details with natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,

Hello Nagraj

Excellent in-flight capture of this bee in
front of his flower, fine POV, beautiful colors,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Nagaraj,
An impressive capture with nice clarity,light and exposure.
Thanks and my regards,

Hello Mr.Nagaraj,
This is an excellent one.Nice BG and good visibility of this Bee.Like this picture.
Thanks for such beautiful one,
Regards and have a nice time,

Thanks also for commenting on my picture.I am glad you like it.

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