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Mason Bee at 5x

I went out early in the morning when the bees are just starting to get active to get this shot at five times life size. In the morning a lot of solitary bees have a hard time keeping their metabolism going so it's easier to get close to them. Like all of my insect macro photos this was taken hand held and without focus stacking. Check out 5Happy5's drawing of this shot!…

Tech specs: Canon 40D (F10, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lesn (@5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1 FEC).
Image details
Image size
3888x2592px 1.68 MB
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 27, 2010, 8:08:08 AM
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Happy5art's avatar
This is an  amazing photo, such a huge amount of detail. I'm doing a drawing from this photo (I hope you don't mind), because it's such a facinating photo :D
dalantech's avatar
Thanks :)

if you post the drawing online please send me a link!
Happy5art's avatar
Well, I got a bit obssecive with this one, so it's finished already! It's not quite perfect, but I hope you like it :D
Mason Bee by 5Happy5
Very amazing picture, so much detail.
Amazing. Are you much for entomology? If this is indeed a mason bee it would be an Osmia spp., probably O. lignaria or O. ribifloris, the orchard mason bee and blueberry bee respectively. Keep up the good work!
BasiaOwczarek's avatar
Im not a specialist in photographs, but I truly adore macro works, and one of my dreams is to be able operate proffesional camera one day, and be able to capture such beauty...
EducatedHorses's avatar
I never knew bees had such interesting faces.
Nice work, I am quite jealous! The detail on and around the eye is insane.
adni18's avatar
Excellent work! :thumbsup:
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webworm's avatar
:love: You've been featured in my May Journal! [link]
webworm's avatar
:w00t: You're most welcome!
gmazza's avatar
It's very good, large size shows very informative detail, well composed, good use of magnification and aperture.
webworm's avatar
Incredible capture! Great eyes and details!!
makks87's avatar
Great pic! You already have bees? I'd be too wary of being stung to take this pic :P
Noncsi28's avatar
OMG! It's fantastic! :clap:
06Gswift's avatar
thats incredible!!!!
Wow. This is an incredible shot. Awesome Job
Ninja-Productions's avatar
So awesome. Hard to believe these alien creatures live on Earth. :+favlove:
Beautiful-evil9's avatar
Amazing work! Love the details, especiallly her eyes.
Well done! :aww:
that is awesome
loveHstuff's avatar
This is one awsome & beautiful photo.
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