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For most this will be a "So What" image but for me (and I hope other macro-nuts) its something very special

For many years I have been watching and photographing how bees feed with shots of the tongue out, feeding, leaving or entering the flower and so on but never captured the shot I really wanted, to show how the complex tongue (made of seven parts) splits and collapses to pack into the mouth (it usually shows as a tube, sometimes if you are lucky as a tube with little feelers on the end)

In this series of shots, obtained over the last two days I have managed to do this - at last!

They may lack something technically but I would ask you to remember this all happens in micro seconds, as the bee is moving and so it has to be shot hand-held "on the go" - you don't get a second chance Wink

(for anyone who wants to know the detailed anatomy this may be of interest

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens:olympus 60mm f2.8 macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Jun 2013 - 5:18 PM
Focal Length:60mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:+0.3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:How a Bee's Tongue Works
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:4 Jun 2013 - 7:44 PM
Tags:Bee, Close-up / macro, Feeding, Tongue, Wildlife / nature
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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2013 - 7:55 PM

Brian, so very interesting, I am so pleased you managed to get all the shots you wanted, you must have the patience of a saint.

Ali

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2013 - 8:06 PM

Absolutely sensational Brian, stunning work and very very well captured. Congratulations on this work and for sharing some nature you would not normally see...John

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JawDborn
JawDborn e2 Member 2724 forum postsJawDborn vcard England
4 Jun 2013 - 8:38 PM

Sure is something special!

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adrianl
adrianl  9 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 - 9:24 PM

Not a fan or expert in this, but i found the picture great with all the details. Especially the white dots which i suppose is pollen.
Great capture, not only for the fact that you had to have loads of patience and failure to pull this trough.
Got my vote for it!

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JayneL
JayneL  3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2013 - 9:38 PM

Incredible photo Brian, and having tried to get some bee shots myself this week, I know how fast they dart around, I don't know how you do it!

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104004 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2013 - 10:01 PM

Quite amazing..not least that you got so close Smile Smile Smile

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110181 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2013 - 11:12 PM

thanks for the positive comments, as I thought, its not for everyone but its nice to see others interested in this rather specialised field of work.

Ali, thanks for my Award Smile I'm one of the most impatient photographers around and if I can't get the shot in 15 mins maximum I'm off doing something else (one of the joys of filming in the garden)

Jayne, as we discussed last week, the key to this I find is knowing your subject and subjects, where they are going to be, how they will behave and pre-thinking the shot(s) and this only comes with experience. The actual photography is then relatively simple. This series for example was done in 3 or 4 short burst when I noticed the bees had started feeding on the Loganberry blossoms. They were only going to the newly opened blossoms so that cut down the amount of area to cover. As you know I have restricted access to get to the shooting positions so that cut down the options further then it was just a case of selecting one of 4 locations and waiting a few minutes - simples Wink

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xGei8ht
xGei8ht  5 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2013 - 12:05 AM

Stunning image, love macro

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