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dalantech's avatar

Pollinators Series 3-2

I spotted this honeybee feeding in a zucchini flower and knew she'd be covered in some huge pollen, but the flower was very low to the ground and it was just a really bad angle to shoot from. So when she landed on a nearby grape vine to clean herself I took a chance and got her to feed from my finger. There was so much pollen on the poor girl that it was falling like snow.

Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F14, 1/250, ISO 200) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (~ 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I am the finger model.
Image details
Image size
3888x2592px 1.34 MB
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 27, 2014, 8:34:22 AM
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MurgBlurg's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I'm back! Here we go again! This picture is crazy, I have no idea how you were able to do this with that MPE-65mm (and no mono-pod) while holding a bee on your finger. You must have some serious dexterity and some very very very steady hands. As far as the visual elements: the green in the background is good, it compliments the warm flesh tone and all those fantastic little orbs of pollen! Nice angle, the top of the eye is a little soft because of the reflection from what I can tell and it helps blend smoothly into the out of focus part of the bee. You do have that front antenna out of focus but it isn't as big of a deal as it is not covering the eye or anything major, but I think it would have benefited from an extra frame or two to stack. However what you have done here is excellent and I think the feat you have achieved here is far and beyond sheer luck, you have got mad skills. Composition wise, the highlight on the eye fits nicely into the rule of thirds, the angles help break up the image and add interest, and the lighting is superb! In my honest opinion I think the coolest part is the little orbs of pollen. Great colors, and mad skill. Can't wait to see what you lure in next!
dalantech's avatar
Thanks for the critique!

I'm resting the lens on the same hand that the bee is on, so everything is on the same "platform". The only motion that I have to compensate for is the bee, and the flash is freezing that -but due to that motion I can't focus stack the shot. The hardest part is holding the weight of the gear out in front of me so I can keep the bee positioned in front of that grape leaf (to keep the background from going black).
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sonafoitova's avatar
you very velcome
eruiz's avatar
Incredible shot!  And I love that it shows such close interaction between a person and a honey bee.
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Meema's avatar
Lovely. Well done.
kawaiiKitteh's avatar
this is Sooo super awesome. it deserves a DD!
Tr1shaPumk1n's avatar
I love this so much, bees are so adorable :iconiloveyouplz:
thisstufferguy's avatar
A shot worthy of Dr. Bees!

But first impressions aside (terrible thats the first thing I think of) incredible eye and patience to not only see the opportunity but to wait so that you can fully capitalize on it. ~


troypiggo's avatar
Awesome.  What do you feed them?   Honey/water?  Sugar/water?
dalantech's avatar
Actually fed them their own honey :)
WictimCZ's avatar
aww, that's one cute bee c:
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