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Honeybee Covered in Zucchini Pollen II by dalantech Honeybee Covered in Zucchini Pollen II by dalantech
Inside a honeybee's proboscis is a pipe cleaner like appendage called the glossa (also called a tongue). The honeybee uses it to pull nectar up into its proboscis, and it's difficult to photograph since the bee is constantly moving it. But if you look closely at the honey drop in this image you can see it. Shot at twice life size this is a single, un-cropped, frame taken hand held.
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Definitely a good piece, well in focus (could have pulled focus slightly further behind, so that the proboscis and glossa were more in focus), and no distortion/noise/fringing/aberrations which would distract from the main piece. colours are well suited, yet less flat yellow could have been achieved possibly from a different angle? It reduces the depth of the image, and considering its a macro, depth is quite important, the use of singular colour to make it striking is nice though. the black and yellow does add very nice contrast though.

Nothing original for subject matter, but nice thought to focus on the pollen on the hairs, so above average here.

Technique scores meh, cause bokeh! obviously this coincides with my previous point about depth and the over abundance of yellow, but the background needs more vividness, being a wildlife shot, its very tempermental to get a shot like this, so i cant be too harsh, if the yellow bee lands on the yellow flower with yellow pollen, well, you get the yellow shot.

Overall impact is good, but staring at this much yellow isn't as long lasting as an impact, especially if it holds little detail beyond whats in focus. The actual subject matter has very big impact though, especially the minute details of the pollen.

Overall? I like it, Id have it on my wall, though it trades background detail for colour vibrancy, and this would be alright if more colours were involved.

Conclusion: Bokeh, Slightly more thought of where focus should be, and colours.
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MajikkanBeingsUnite Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you manage to not hug all the bees? :squee:
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It's very difficult not to :)
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TammyPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing capture. It looks out of this world. Love those yellowdrops. Truly stunning. :heart:
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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EnderChekhov Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you considered shooting for NatGeo? This is incredible macro photography, they'd be all over this. Silver Square Bullet Pink Square Bullet Purple Square Bullet Blue Square Bullet 
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I maintain a gallery on their site, have been published on the Nat Geo web site a few times, and was published in their Young Explorer magazine a few years ago. So they know who I am, but they've never published one of my images in the main magazine.
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EnderChekhov Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's still pretty neat. Congrats!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Petros-Stefanidis Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They have hair on their eyes?
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dalantech Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes.
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MissezzApple Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
holy crap amazing.
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dalantech Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Nomble Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Digital Artist
I absolutely love the yellow beads of color on the bee. I have never seen this before! Beautiful shot! I am a dummy! 
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dalantech Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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VincenAngellis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Nice...
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dalantech Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Einfallspinsel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
WOOOW, this is so fucking damn amazing!! Can't stop staring... Really really REALLY good shot! I love it!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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shadowkitty13 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very cute!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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zaranix Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! Well done!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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TerraLumiere Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
BEAUTIFUL !!! :)
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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maracusha Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
I fully agree with those who say that this is maybe one of the most amazing shot's on deviantart. I'm actually not into insect macro photography, but this particular photo impressed me just so much. I even return here from time to time to take a second look!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the props!
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existencia5 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014   Photographer
CURSE YOU! I think I've fainted. 
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Hi, your wonderful work has been featured in the latest devPREMIUM's Weekly Macro Spotlight Vol. 130. Best regards!!
MarcosRodriguez, Curator of the Macro Gallery at devPREMIUM
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
:aww:
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CzechKat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing Heart 
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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CzechKat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ur welcome :)
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prekie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Instantly got itchy eyes and runny nose just looking at this awesome photo :)
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:)

I just can't imagine a honeybee with hay fever!
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BrunoCHATARD Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Photographer
Amazing shot. Especially because like you said, bees are constantly moving. But not only, the framing, the angle and the colors are perfect.
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: No way!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Way! :)
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Gravity-bolt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the most amazing shot iv'e ever seen on deviantart. you seriously need more credit for this omgsss amazing!!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the props :)
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CrystalCircle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a messy eater! Awesome shot! ^^
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning work!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!
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gangstakitteh Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
that's so cool
how close did you have to get to the bee?
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