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Taken at Broughton Castle (Banbury) over the weekend.

I was wandering around the garden regretting taking my entire kit bag with me when I saw this little fella and did a quick switch to the macro lens.

This was shot handheld at ISO 400 to allow for f8 and a fast enough shutter speed.

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Camera:Pentax *istD Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma EX 180mm Macro
Recording media:n/a
Title:Messy Bee
Username:javam javam
Uploaded:24 Jul 2006 - 8:15 AM
Tags:Bee, Bumble, Close-up / macro, Closeup, Flower, Flowers, Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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GregorP
GregorP  9 Slovenia
24 Jul 2006 - 8:28 AM

Beautiful composition, colours and photo.

GregorP

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Rogerex
Rogerex  729 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2006 - 8:29 AM

I like the way the colours of the bee match those of the flower centre, and all contrast nicely with the white petals. Good shot.
Roger

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Imagine23
Imagine23  7241 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 - 8:56 AM

Wow this is amazing detail and great composition. Frame sets it off well too.
Lynn

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mickf1
mickf1  7 England
24 Jul 2006 - 9:18 AM

Brilliant macro shot, plenty of detail, well presented.
Mick

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Chocwendy
Chocwendy  8 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 - 10:17 AM

Razor sharp!
Wendy

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Tandberg
Tandberg  101218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2006 - 10:40 AM

Nice close up

Sharp and too close for me.. Dont like the idea of getting stung LOL

Dave

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2006 - 10:40 AM

an amazing macro very good detail

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Amber_Ashes
24 Jul 2006 - 10:49 AM

Aww soo cute hehe. Love the colours and you have captured incredible detail, love the pollen on the bees legs! You
got even closer then I managed too and I got stung Sad Really like!

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javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2006 - 11:07 AM

Thanks for all the comments.

They were fairly docile yesterday which helped, but the advantage of the 180mm Macro is that I could stay a reasonable distance out just in case!

I unfortunately stepped on a bee the previous day in my bare feet (more unfortunate for the bee than me) so the throbbing in my foot was a gentle reminder to respect his air space.

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Dennie
Dennie  9260 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 - 11:55 AM

Excellent Bee shot. Pin sharp good detail and colour. Denise x

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tim g
tim g  10 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 - 5:08 PM

Superb macro shot.

Tim

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CarlyMorg
CarlyMorg  850 forum posts
24 Jul 2006 - 9:37 PM

Wonderful detail on the bee. A very good shot.

Ray

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paulcr
paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2006 - 12:21 PM

Brilliant detail, large version is a must .Paul

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robway e2 Member 9317 forum postsrobway vcard Wales
25 Jul 2006 - 3:57 PM

Fantastic shot, great detail and colour.
John

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daffydill56
25 Jul 2006 - 9:33 PM

What a lovely pin sharp image. The flower colour compliments him well too. Nice work.

Fran

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90125  8 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 - 9:48 PM

Ace macro shot-good lens also.Could be used as a crest for a flag!

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bunbeam e2 Member 8bunbeam vcard United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 - 10:59 PM

brilliant!!!!!!!
bunSmile)

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piccy
piccy  7 Wales
27 Jul 2006 - 2:25 PM

Rc for the bee - very nice.

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javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2006 - 2:39 PM

Thanks to everyone for their comments on this picture and for making it my first shot to hit the magic 30 clicks (and especially Freda for being number 30).

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