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Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2004-08-26
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposição: f/8, 1/1000 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2004-09-26 3:36
Visto: 3840
Pontos: 18
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Since it has not been determined whether or not this waterlily is a hybrid or wild I am focusing my attention on it's little visitor. This is a honey bee that has just stopped by to borrow some sugar...well it will become sugar or rather honey at some point. As we know, bees are very important tools in nature to pollenate the trees, flowers, and crops that produce our fruits and vegetables. The added bonus is the fruit of their labor, honey. The species of Honey Bees in the US are rather a passive lot and will only sting to defend themselves, unlike the Wasp family. After a Honey Bee stings it will lose it's stinger and eventually die, but the cantankerous wasp family can sting repeatedly and sometimes I swear they do so just for the fun of it!

You can see the legs of the little bee are ladened with rich golden pollen that it has been busily gathering from lily to lily. There is something mesmerizing about a lazy late summer day, a pond, cickets humming, and bees flitting from flower to flower.

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Very nicely caught lesley, the frozen bee is sharp and very good indetail the unknown lilly frames it superbly, the only thing I would of done to it would of been to clone out the slightly lighter area top right corner to stop your eye straying away from the bee.
As I have said before its all in the notes, nice one.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-26 6:20]

Great shot Lesley, the detail is very good. The light coming through the lily petals is very pleasing is it is wild or a hybrid! ;-). If Honey were sold as condensed bee vomit, I wonder how popular it would be(e)?

Very nice work, good note too.

Very nice Lesley.
Good colours , good sharpness and a very good composition.
Great note.
Well done.

Lesley, Great freeze frame action with the flower dominating. I tried my hand at shooting bees in flight just recently. Not easy! Don't they always seem to "bee" going the other way? ;-))

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-26 12:56]

This is really lovely Lesley,
Very good freesing of the bee, great colours, good composition very good note, great job I like it.


Remarkable shot you captured. The angle give realism to the lift off. The light through the flower adds a nice touch to it. Great stuff.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-29 10:40]

Another excellent capture with subject, great colours, composition and details.

Awesome image. What a capture! I love the lily and the bee... well what can you say ..... fantastic!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-14 22:00]

Lesley, bees here are passive too.

You captured a great moment here. Sharpness is excellent, and I like the colors too.


Did you use flash?


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