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Pollinators Series 3-3
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By dalantech   |   Watch
Published: July 30, 2014
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 (~1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I am the finger model.
Image size
3888x2592px 1.32 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 27, 2014, 8:37:29 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0 Windows
Sensor Size
28mm
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MezairPlushProfessional General Artist
Gorgeous!
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PROFESSIONAL WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks!
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How did it not sting you?
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It was trying to clean off that pollen, and I simply held my finger close to it and let it climb on. I didn't force the bee. 
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These photographs are so delicate and fascinating - thank you for sharing them on DA.:) (Smile) 
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Thanks for the feedback! :)
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UnicatStudioProfessional Digital Artist
Oh gosh! This photo is TOTALLY AWESOME! great job!!!
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b33sandun1corns's avatar
awww this is so cute! you're so lucky! this definitely proves how harmless bees are and how evil and cynical wasps are
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Thanks :)

I had a lot of fun shooting that scene.
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ScaledOneHobbyist General Artist
This is just so wicked ! How can you stay froze enough to not frighten the bee and make it flee away ? Kudos for a more than awesome picture !
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What if I told you that once she started feeding I slowly moved to a spot where I could shoot her with a grape leaf in the background ( didn't want the background to be black). It was very tricky, and I got lucky -she wanted the sweet stuff more than she was frightened of me. 
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Incredible shot!
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AllieEssProfessional Digital Artist
Great shot!! But weren't you afraid she would bite you? :D
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Honeybees don't typically bite, they sting. I wasn't doing anything that would have made her mad, so I wasn't really worried.
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AllieEssProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, yes, they sting. I didn't use the proper word.
I was curious because I'm veery afraid of them and I wouldn't let them sit on my finger. scared.... "the 2nd" 
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Beautiful!
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such an adorable photo. I love the detail you got of her, especially you got her with her tongue out lapping up water (?)
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Thanks :)

She's actually eating her own honey.
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that's cool!
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