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Copyright: yiannis christofides (yiannis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 625 W: 0 N: 770] (5400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E3
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 8:30
Viewed: 3043
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I believe this is a bee in the Anthophora genus of the family Apidae.
Nearly all nest in the soil, the larvae developing in cells with waterproof linings.
The bee is collecting nectar from the endemic Carlina involucrata ssp. cyprica

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-12 8:31]

Woow Yiannis,this is a top class macro! What a perfection of sharpness and light balance,what a choice of point of view! The eye details are fantastics!!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Yiannis,

Fantastic macro shot my friend! This is the photo of the day.
Lovely composition, great sharpness & nice colors. The eye contact is superb. Very well done & TFS.

Hello Yiannis,
This is a fantastic macro of this bee. Such excellent and sharp detail. Stunning eye detail and the colour is beautiful.
Very well done and tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-10-12 9:25]

Giasou Yiannis,
Superb work ..
Perfect lighting and detail, natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Yiannis.
Beautiful photo of this bee. Great macro!!
Excellent point of view. A lot of details. Nice composition. Very good light conditions.
Have a nice evening,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-12 9:37]

Hi Yiannis.
You managed to take a fine close-up with impressive 3D-effect. Pictured be is simply amazing and its details as well as details of the beautiful flower are stunning. Great square crop and POV. Well done and my compliments.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-12 9:52]

Hello Yiannis,
wonderful macro shot of this Apidae!
Fantastic sharpness and great detail, splendid natural colors, excellent POV. Great quality!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Yiannis,
A great macro capture of this bee taken with nice colours and excellent lighting. Details, sharpness and POV are also great. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-12 10:32]

Hello Yiannis,
Fantastic sharp detailed macro of this bee. Splendid light and colours. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. A beauty!

What a subject an what great focus

well done Yiannis


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-12 10:53]

Hello Yiannis,
this is a very fine macro shot. Excellent details and good tones of colour. Great sharpness and very good POV. A great capture, very well done. Thank you for posting.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Yainnis, lovely busy bee with fantastic details, splendid sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Yiannis
super sharpness macro with great detailsand beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Yiannis,
a fantastic macro shot, amazing details and marvellous brilliant colours, excellent point of view, excellent work
Best regards

Εκπληκτικό macro Γιάννη. Η ευκρίνεια και το βάθος πεδίου είναι εντυπωσιακά. Τα χρώματα είναι φανταστικά.
Καλή σου μέρα,

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-12 22:40]

Bonjour Yiannis,
Macro impressionnante de clarté et la profondeur de champ est impressionnante.
Les couleurs sont fantastiques, et les détails de cette abeille recouverte de pollen, fixe le regard.
Une image et un auteur a conserver dans les favoris.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-13 4:24]

Hello Yiannis,
Colorful and striking presentation of this very special bee with its beautiful grey/green eyes. Excellent focus on the insect and pleasing square composition,
Well done!
kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-13 7:12]

Excellent image of this fine bee with all pollen on it, beauty. tfs.

Hello Yiannis,
Wow....excellent macro....
A very nice capture with amazing details and sharpness.
Lovely natural colors and exceptional clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-13 14:39]

Hello Yiannis,
A very good close up of this bee with excellent sharpness,details and very nice colours.
Have a nice Friday!...

Gran profundidad y bellísimos colores. La luz buena, aunque casi al límite.
Un gran trabajo Yiannis.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Yiannis,
A very good macro of these and bee Carlina involucrata ,nice colors and excellent details.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-15 14:38]

Hello Yiannis,
I don't think you could possibly improve on a shot like this. Everything is outstanding. You have exceptional detail, gorgeous coloration and the exposure is right on. A pleasure to view such an attractive image!!

Hi Yiannis, Dynamic macro photography here my friend, fabulous low trajectory point of view, superb lighting with good use of fill in flash and what lovely saturated colours, nice and sharp with good depth of field, great effort here Yiannis and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-19 3:49]

Hello yiannis,
a very sharp shot of the bee on the stamens. Excellent sharpness with the glowing colours.
Very lovely view.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-19 7:22]

Hi Yiannis!
What an incredible macro!! Impressive details...the eye: fantastic!! Light and reflections are fabulous!
Congratulations my friend on your great skill.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Yiannis,

Some stunning details in this amazing capture!
The insect is full of pollen as a service back to the flower for being allowed to collect the honey hehehe...
Again - amazing details, textbook quality!

Pablo -

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-21 11:59]

Hi Yiannis,
Excellent macro work, superb as usual.Excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo, the bodies and heads are nice in focus.Excellent focus on the eye.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

wow, excellent macro picture Yannis ! congratulations ! very good photograph my friend !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Amazing pollination capture, greetings Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-04 8:36]

Hello Yiannis,
A very fine macro of this Anthophora sp of bee. The sharpness and details are superb even to show the yellow pollen grains as it takes nectar. Excellent POV andnatural colours too.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Yiannis,
Perfect macro into this photo.
Very good coloors and detalis.
Thanks for this share.
Have a good weekend.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-19 13:35]

Bonjour Yiannis, excellent macro with a lot of details. Colors that blend well and perfect framing. Well done, Best regards, Didier;

Hello Yiannis,
An impressive macro of this bee, the clarity sharpness are excellent, good lighting and great composition, a superb work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

This is truly wonderful rendering of fine colors and details, yiannis, The lighting is fabulous and the pollen on the body exhibits and excellent capture.
Thanks and kind regards,

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