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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-16
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-05-18 5:47
Viewed: 6411
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The swarm of bees that came to my garden here in Riyadh a couple of months ago and built a beehive on the branch of a fig tree is well settled now. The hive has grown bigger though the flowers in the garden have dwindled away in the intense summer heat except for a few mimosa plants still producing tiny blooms valiantly.
The bees have got so used to me pottering around them I went close to the hive a few days ago and took pictures to my heart's content. I even blew at the hive to displace some bees and see if they had collected some honey already. Who knows I might decide to partake of it sometime later :-) ?
This time I have named my little friends THE ORANGE ARMY.
Thanks for looking.

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Great shot ! All these bees are forming a wonderful pattern of orange and white. Good details and colors, nice composition, I like it that we see nothing more than just the bees, no BG, very good. Well done !

Hello Ram,
Oh my dear! Nice visitors in your garden, at least they offer some good photo opportunities!
Totally awesome repetetive patterns of course, must be hundreds and hundreds of them..!
Pablo -

Wooow! Run, runaway from there immediately Ram! I don't want to thing about their stings! Such an amazing shot! Incredible! Well seen and beautifully photographed! Quite exceptional shot. Thank you for sharing.
Best regards,

Hi Ram, excllent details, BG, POV, perfct colors, BG, great capture, TFS Kyle

A very different sort of shot, I like it.

Interesting POV, but I like the composition.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-18 7:57]

Hi Ram,
Without doubt, your garden has the nicest things in the world. This bees form a very beautiful hive. Enjoy the honey, that we enjoy the photo.
José M.

Hi Ram,
Great impact! Perfect title.
You may have set a TN record for the most bees, so clearly seen, in one frame :)
Very good color, light, and detail..an excellent post and Thank You!

Interesting shot. Very good colours and good idea. Nice work, bye Tom

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-18 9:49]

Hi Ram
Wow, what an impressive POV of this threatening, although (from your notes) a seemingly docile army. Have you counted them yet?
I like the frame filling shot that gives a sense of how great is the number of bees present. The colours and details are stunning and the exposure was well managed.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-05-18 10:20]

Hello Ram,

Your picture looks like an abstract art painting :-)

Colors are superb, dof and pov excellent, composition at its best! Congratulations for this great picture! I like it alot!

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-05-18 10:23]

Privet Ram.
They stream as the river. Interesting and cognitive work.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-18 10:28]

wonderful - filling the frame has worked exceptionally well and the DOF is excellent.



Hello Ram,
This is an amazing shot! I have something similar taken in one of my father's beehives, but out bees look quite different than these.
The picture has great POV, very good details and it makes really striking imperssion.
I like it a lot!
Very well done!

Great compo, Ram.
Colors and details are goor.
Very impressive shot!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-18 12:54]

Hi Ram
Good POV and composition. Great colours, sharpnes, details, and DOF. Dont get to close to them :) .
Well done Ram


Hi Ram,
wow, weren't you afraid to come so close to this army?
Wonderful insects, the colours and stripes are beautiful, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wow - great shot!
Ram, this is an excellent picture. Great colours, lighting, excellent sharpness and great details. This is a great composition. Well done. Thank you for posting.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-18 16:34]

hi ram
vzzzzz. this photo is noisy ;)
beautiful composition. colours, pov and details are good. ws is ready i hope you like it ;)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-19 4:11]

Bonjour Ram, excellent shot with an amazing POV on these bees!! Splendid colors and sharpness too. Good job, Didier.


Thank you for this wonderful posting! The Comp, and lighting are very well done here. Good detail and colours shown too. TFS,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-19 9:41]

Well that's a lot of bees ! Well done on the courage to take a picture of this warm, I don't know if I would have been able to do it. Well done my friend, thanks.


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-19 21:38]

Hi Ram,
Excellent and dangerous capture my friend:)I hope you are ok after this shot:)
Great pov,colors,note,sharpness,dof,focus and framing.Well Done.TFS

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-19 22:17]

HO lala! What an army and what a good and unique snapshot. Congratulations, Ram. I can hear the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

incredible capture,i like it

hello Ram,
I love pics with repetition of a theme or subject, and this is very impressive. Very good details and perspective, and it has worth because they are dangerous insects.
Good job!!

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-05-20 19:26]

Hi, Ram!
A very interesting photo about bee life! People have spoken me about these swarms, but I see it for the fist time. The focus and colors are very good and show that these bees are as you call them orange, while in my country they are yellow.
Nice show! Thanks!

This has made a fascinating composition, Ram. Very abstract looking.
Don't get stung!

Great composition. U did a nice texture with bees. Congrats

Wonderful capture, great composition Ram!!!

This is a really brave shot and an excellent one as well, this has a very nice perspective on this hive of bees. :)

hi ram
tres beau cliché,j'aime bien cet alignement d'abeilles,je pense qu'il ne vaut mieux pas les embeter.

Hi Ram !
this is a outstanding composition with a great pattern of colours ...good POV and DOF... a beautiful nature close up!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-06-03 13:56]

Hi Ram,
unusual fantastic shot. Friends all told You. I like it a lot, too. Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Ram,
impressive mass invasion of bees. Very well seen and done. TFS THomas

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-06-11 14:17]

Hi Ram!
Certanly not a thing you see every day, amazing view and great photo, sharp and detailed, thanks for sharing this with us!

Hello Ram, Hope you well. This is quite a shot. Not sure if I would have the nerves to approach them that close. Well done anyway, the detail is good and I am sure your used to such large hives around where you live. Nice work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-10 8:11]

Hello Ram,
This is an amazing capture.I think you choosed a safe POV here:)
Colors,contrast,DOF,perspective,sharpness,lighting,visual impact and composition are excellent.

Hi again,

Very well captured cosidering the distance you should keep from them. very good compo and POV.



Awesome photo for sure, but oh man I would NOT get so close to bees! Glad your are making friends with them though..:o)
Thanks for sharing the photo and the interesting story too!
Donna :o)

this is a wonderful shot,if you are interesting on insects you will learn a lot still so much to be discovered continue to send that kind of picture i will start in spring ,in Belgium with pitufo

Dear Ram,

What a marvelous picture! Regardless of the ID of the small unt, the pattern that is created here is stunning!

I have tried a different perspective; see WS with notes. Tfs. Jay

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-28 7:05]

Hello Ram,
Wow, I missed this one! Great shot of this mass of bees forming a beautiful pattern. Sharp details and lovely colours. Great!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-06 13:12]

Hello Ram,
No these are certainly not Solitary! Neither are they the same species as the European Honey bee. But they do resemble the bee in your Saudi Arabian compound. So, as you say, we'll leave it open and I must say that this is a mighty capture!
TFS and referring me to this shot.
Take care, Ivan

Hi Ram,
Unusual fantastic shot.
I like it a lot, too. Great job.


very nice interesting photo

Hi ram
very good shut, good subject & Good style...
thanks for send

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