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" BIF " ( bee in flight !! )
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Posted By: pjv, 05-15-2016, 04:58 AM

I caught this little bee doing what little bees do. Thanks for taking a peek.

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Good effort. He is carrying quite a load of pollen.
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Thank you Susan. These little work horses do us all a massive favor every day.
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Nicely timed.

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Great timing, and capture!
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Well done.
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Great shot! Must have had a shallow depth of field at F2.8. How did you focus?
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Nicely timed.
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Great timing, and capture!
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Well done.

Thanks folks for the very positive posts.

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Great shot! Must have had a shallow depth of field at F2.8. How did you focus?

Thank You OldGeaser. ( it seems rude to me to call you that !! ) I was using AF, but the bees were flying into a pretty strong head wind, so they were almost hovering. This photograph was the best of about 4 that I took, and it is also about a 30% crop to frame the image to my liking.

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What a wonderful photograph. Very colorful and interesting. I wonder what he is thinking. "Are the air traffic controllers still on strike, or do I have to wait for a number to land.?" ))

Many thanks.

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Congratulations! BiF pictures are a favorite of mine, but my keeper rate is likely an order of magnitude below yours. I don't even try at f/2.8 as DoF is so extremely thin. Not only did you capture nice detail, also the angle of light is good to avoid tricky reflections which can ruin a shot like this in direct sunlight.

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... quite a load of pollen ...
Watch some bees around you, you may be amazed that this is rather modest load - so far. She may be collecting more. Compare it to e.g. this shot of homecoming bees which I posted earlier. They can carry a lot - entire bees when cleaning up the hive. You often see them with a lot of pollen in early spring, when the colony needs to grow quickly for the soon following peak of the nectar harvest.
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Excellent that's a tough shot and i got dozens in the recycle bin to prove it !
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Excellent that's a tough shot and i got dozens in the recycle bin to prove it !
My thoughts exactly.
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What a wonderful photograph. Very colorful and interesting. I wonder what he is thinking. "Are the air traffic controllers still on strike, or do I have to wait for a number to land.?" ))
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Thanks Antonio for kind words.


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Congratulations! BiF pictures are a favorite of mine, but my keeper rate is likely an order of magnitude below yours. I don't even try at f/2.8 as DoF is so extremely thin. Not only did you capture nice detail, also the angle of light is good to avoid tricky reflections which can ruin a shot like this in direct sunlight.



Thank you JensE. I tried at 2.8 because the background was very busy and the bee would have disappeared. The 100mm 2.8 macro WR is a blessing.



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Excellent that's a tough shot and i got dozens in the recycle bin to prove it !
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My thoughts exactly.

Thanks to both you gentlemen for the very positive posts. I have seen both of your images here and appreciate your words. But also I think Lady Luck and the Pentax gods had quite a hand in this photograph !!
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A photographer friend once told me his luck was made up of equal parts persistence, patience and pig-headedness. He also said a good photographer always blames his equipment. hee - hee!!!!!!!!
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A photographer friend once told me his luck was made up of equal parts persistence, patience and pig-headedness.

I think with me it is 10% persistence, 15% patience and the rest is the pig-headedness bit !!! Thanks mate.
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