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Feeding Solitary Bee Series 1-5
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Published: December 14, 2014

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. 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.

Image size
3888x2592px 1.35 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/14.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jul 31, 2014, 6:12:17 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13.0 (Windows)
Sensor Size
28mm
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Babou-Shka's avatar
Gorgeous photo.
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dalantech|Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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You're welcome :)
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KiwiCocktail|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really great capture, and such vibrant colors! Great work :clap:
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dalantech|Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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MarcosRodriguez|Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, your wonderful work has been featured in the latest devPREMIUM's Weekly Macro Spotlight Vol. 145. Best regards!!
MarcosRodriguez, Curator of the Macro Gallery at devPREMIUM
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dalantech|Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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It's a pleasure! :)
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