Another obliging bee

You could be forgiven for thinking I have a thing about bees. This is the second ‘bee’ photograph I have posted on the blog in recent months but this particular bee was so obliging and the image so detailed I felt the need to share it.
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This bee was so obliging it stayed in place for several minutes allowing me to take numeroud pictures. I love the detail of the image.

I had set myself a challenge to photograph something locally, within a short stroll of our house. At first I struggled, but then I found this bee.

Insects are normally very difficult to photograph because they move so fast. This bee stayed in place for several minutes allowing to shoot pictures in auto, sports and manual mode!

When I zoomed in on the bee, I realised I’d caught some amazing detail. I could stare at this picture for ages and take in the detail around the eyes, the pollen on the leg and the mandibles.

Unfortunately I made a classic photographer’s error. it was only when I downloaded the image from the memory card that I realised I shot the picture in a low-quality jpeg format instead of a larger RAW file, hence its size on the page here. At least the file was big enough to capture the detail hey?

As I mentioned at the start, this is the second bee image I have recently posted. Just so you can do a bit of a comparison, here’s the one I recently posted.

As I often do with my photography posts, I’m adding this pic to the wonderful #MySundayPhoto linky. If you click on the badge below it will take you to the Photalife blog which hosts the linky and you’ll have the chance to see awesome photography taken by other bloggers.

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30 Comments

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:10 am

      Oh I was very fortunate the bee sat still for me. I was in its company for several minutes.

  1. June 10, 2018 / 5:53 am

    What an obliging bee, the detail is fabulous #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:10 am

      Thank you Briony, I was surprised by the detail too.

  2. June 10, 2018 / 9:34 am

    wow, what a brilliant capture. I’m a big fan of our little bees. I love the detail on this one, what an obliging little creature to let you get such a shot. I’m going to have to share your post to my Facebook page, I have a lot of bee loving friends. 🙂
    #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:11 am

      Please do share it Anne, I would be delighted. Thank you!

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:12 am

      Surprisingly clear considering the file size! Always check what mode your camera is in.

  3. June 10, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    Great close-up – glad he was so obliging

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:11 am

      I don’t think I have ever photographed quite such an obliging bee. I was very lucky.

  4. June 10, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    That is simply stunning, the detail is incredible.

    I am never quick enough to capture a bee.

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:12 am

      I was just very lucky that my bee friend stayed still for so long.

  5. June 10, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Bees are wonderful creatures! Great photo, so much detail! #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:13 am

      Thanks, I was knocked out by the detail when I saw the pic on my monitor.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:13 am

      Thank you ever so much. Glad you liked it.

  6. June 10, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Hi John, the detail in your photo is amazing! Not only are the sacks of pollen clearly visible on its rear legs, but the tiny particles of pollen on its fur and on the flower are too. Nicely shot!

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:14 am

      Yes, it was the fur, pollen and detail of the eyes that drew me in. As ever, thanks for your lovely comment.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:14 am

      Nothing quite like seeing a pollen covered bee. And so important for the environment.

  7. June 10, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    A wonderful bee photo! I haven’t seen so many bees about in my garden this year, which is somewhat worrying especially considering all this sunny weather we’ve been having.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:15 am

      Oh really? That’s interesting because I’ve seen quite a few. I’d like to think that following years of the bee population falling it was maybe bouncing back this year? I’ll have to look into it.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:16 am

      Thank you ever so much. This picture is proving popular.

  8. June 11, 2018 / 2:27 am

    I agree, they are not easy to capture and you did a beautiful job of it. Is that Jeff Goldblum’s head I see, oh yeah, that was a fly. Bzzzz.

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:16 am

      I had to think about that for a moment, but I got the gag in the end! Thanks for your complimentary words.

  9. June 11, 2018 / 8:49 am

    love how you’ve captured the pollen being collected #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:18 am

      And what a lot of pollen there is too.

  10. June 11, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    What a stunning capture. It really is magnificent the detail you have there x

    • John Adams
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 5:19 am

      Thanks Susan, I was very pleasantly surprised at the detail I managed to capture.