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Bumblebee flying over Saint John's wort

Bumblebee flying over Saint John's wort
Photo Information
Copyright: JJ RX (Tippecanoe) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 3 N: 52] (304)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-17 10:57
Viewed: 4565
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Apart from being a medicinal plant used to fight depression, Saint-John's wort (Hyperium calcinum - millepertuis in french) is famous for giving beautiful but short-lived yellow flowers. They bloom between end of june and beginning of july, and attract many kinds of insects.

Among them was this bumblebee, i shot it focusing on some part of the flower and not trying to follow the bee itself.

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Hi Jerome.
Great action shot with great composition, colors and details.
It is bit soft but it looks great.
Good framing too.

Hi Jerome, nice inflighy macro:
Great details and colors.
Good note.


Bonjour Jerome,
Superbe, cette prise de vue macro en plein vol!
Je trouve que les ailes donnent un bel effet de mouvement. Bravo!

Hi Jerome,

I like the POV and the sharpness of this photo. I think you did great with focus, we can even see the pollen on the insect’s back. I also like its wings movements. This Bumblebee will not be depressed for sure ;-)! Your note is interesting. TFS,


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-17 12:28]

The head-on approach is a different angle on the bee and flower thing. But it works very well. Great lighting and I like the composition a lot.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-17 13:02]

A great POV of the bumble bee, Jerome.
I like the head-on approach-and-landing perspective.
Good management of the DOF.
The details on the bee seem to be actually quite sharp.
Great macro and TFS. : )

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-17 13:18]

Hello Jerome , A Great macro shot , from the bee , good compositie pov details colours sharp bg and nice frame , Greetings Teunie .

Hi Jerome

Well done on this in-flight shot. Not an east one to get. :-)

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-17 17:28]

Bonsoir Jerome !
Une très belle photo, prise dans le vif de l'action ! Le timing a été parfait ! Les couleurs, les détails, la composition et le POV sont excellents, de même que ce joli fond sombre et flou qui mets l'insecte en valeur. du très beau travail !

Superb in-flight shot! Sharpness just great (with an interesting idea about focusing)! Great use of flash too and still soft colours and plain bg you had! i'm impressed, congrats Jerome.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-18 6:39]

Hi Jerome
Good action shot. Good colours, sharpnes and light.
Well done


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-19 14:43]

Hi, Jerome.
Excellent action shot. You have captured a highly thrilling moment. Picture's composition is perfect, sharpness, colours, DOF and POV are great. Well done and TFS.

Excellent shot, Jerome!
I guess shutter speed couldn't have possibly been too fast, since the background is not totally dark. The composition, sharpness and exposure are all very good. And you nailed the focus spot on. Congratulations,

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-09-16 10:02]

what a wonderful capture, jerome! :-)
terrific inflight-shot, well timed, good sharp frozen body and nice motion blur on the wings.
superbly composed with the pretty Saint-John's wort as a place where it want to land.
good use of the flash and a great dark blurred bg.
well done & take care, thorsten.

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