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October 25, 2012
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
100 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 25, 2012, 8:24:26 AM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Windows)
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Name: Honey Bee
Date: October 25th, 2012
Location: Bradenton, FL
Conservation Status: No Special Status

Did you know? Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a serious problem threatening the
health of honey bees and the economic stability of commercial beekeeping and pollination
operations in the United States. Despite a number of claims in the general and scientific media,
a cause or causes of CCD have not been identified by researchers. In October 2006, some
beekeepers began reporting losses of 30-90 percent of their hives. While colony losses are not
unexpected, especially over the winter, this magnitude of losses was unusually high. The main
symptom of CCD is very low or no adult honey bees present in the hive but with a live queen and
no dead honey bee bodies present. Often there is still honey in the hive, and immature bees (brood)
are present. Varroa mites, a virus-transmitting parasite of honey bees, have frequently been found
in hives hit by CCD.

Nothing says facing your fear like getting six inches close to a buzzing insect with a stinger. But
it seemed to be a friendly little fellow and didn't mind the giant lens in its face and just carried on
with its breakfast.

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Personally, I'm not very fond of bees, and my daughter is worse than I am about them. She'd run off scared if she saw one, and has done that many times, even holding us back on getting out the door for an appointment because she doesn't want to get anywhere near a bee.

But overall, I think this guy looks pretty calm and collected, especially for having that huge lens pointed at him. The flowers make a great contrast for the bee's coloring, and I love how the focus of the shot includes some of the flowers, especially the ones around the bee, then fades to the blurry flowers and background.
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This is a great shot; you see an awful lot of shot of bees but it's rare that I come across one I like as much as I like this one.

You got the bee in a really good position, and, from the quality of your shot you can make out every detail except for the ones you've blurred out. I do feel the blur is nice and a good idea, but I would prefer if it was a bit more subtle, for the whole photo.

I love the colour scheme in this photo as well. There aren't too many but it isn't dominate by one colour which is good, and they compliment each other.

Great photo! :thumbsup:
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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here [link] :rose:
MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's beautiful! Nicely done!
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
Thank you!
MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sealyanphoenix Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Here is your RATE MY WORK poll from :iconfav-o-rama:

tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Photographer
Awesome, thanks!
I-am-Mir Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Love it!
Good job :3
HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice picture!

I always got on well with bees - it is just wasps that I have an abusive relationship with...
CrypticDragons Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would be too scared to get that close to a bee, lol, but great shot!
meggylou Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a stunning piece of photography and your editing really improved the shot!
Nice job
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