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Feeding Solitary Bee Series 1-5 by dalantech Feeding Solitary Bee Series 1-5 by dalantech

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.

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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Gorgeous photo.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
You're welcome :)
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really great capture, and such vibrant colors! Great work :clap:
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dalantech Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
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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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
It's a pleasure! :)
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December 14, 2014
Image Size
1.4 MB
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3888×2592
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Camera Data

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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