Another obliging bee

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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.


30 thoughts on “Another obliging bee”

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!


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

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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