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Dec 15, 2014 04:16 |  #1

I found this solitary bee immobile on one of my sunflowers after a storm came through. I waited until early in the morning to photograph it hoping that it would be lethargic, but it became active. So I put some honey on a flower petal and got the critter to climb onto it and start feeding. I took (and already posted) several frames of this critter. What I like about this frame is how the bee's gola (tongue) is bent -it was literally lapping up the honey like a kitten drinking milk.

Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F14, 1/250, ISO 200) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I am holding on to that petal with my left hand, and I'm resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. The "blue sky" is a piece of light blue plexiglass with a piece of glossy photo paper behind it.

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I took several images this year that were really born out of my boredom for taking static images -either I was gonna get the composition that I had in my head into the camera, or I wasn't going to get anything at all. Blog post coming soon...

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Dec 16, 2014 11:24 |  #2

It's a great shot for sure

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Dec 16, 2014 14:19 |  #3

Lovely pose!


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Dec 16, 2014 19:01 as a reply to Worcester Lad's post |  #4

A very vibrant shot.


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Dec 17, 2014 05:07 |  #5

Great capture..


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Dec 17, 2014 12:38 |  #6

nice summery feel


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Dec 18, 2014 06:54 |  #7

Thanks folks :)


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Dec 21, 2014 10:36 |  #8

:):):):):)




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Dec 21, 2014 12:30 |  #9

Detail is superb!


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Dec 21, 2014 12:31 |  #10

Lovely shot.


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Dec 22, 2014 03:37 |  #11

Thanks again 8-)

Going to be pushing myself even harder in the coming year.


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