Carpenter Bee
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A_PeeR




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Found this Carpenter Bee Sunday morning. I’m used to finding the odd honey bee that camps out on a flower overnight but this is only the second time I’ve run across one of these. I remember the first time. It was 4 years ago. I was still enamored with my ring flash. Up until then I had good luck with the unit but when I shot the bee I got the dreaded donut highlights in the eyes. I tried for weeks to reduce the effects in post processing but it wasn’t to be. The highlights bothered me so much I never posted the images. After that experience, I decided to try other forms of illumination and finally settled on a speed light with a DIY concave diffuser box. For this shot I had the luxury of setting up the tripod rig as the bee was immobile for a long time. It’s always a risk doing this. Does one go in for the handheld photograph good for a few shots or does one gamble setting up the rig in the hopes of getting some natural light shots. The bee was in the shade so I suspected it would be a while before it gathered enough warmth to fly off. The gamble paid off as it took close to two hours for the bee to stir and fly off. Shooting exclusively in available light was a no go as there wasn’t enough illumination (even with reflectors and such) to shoot the frame at a reasonable shutter speed/ISO. I decided to augment the available light with diffused flash. Overall the images came out nicely but several were blurred due to wind. After a couple of hours watching and photographing the bee it finally flew off.
· Date: Tue 11-September-2018 · Views: 792 · Filesize: 132.6KB, 755.5KB · Dimensions: 1500 x 1125 ·
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Sat 13-October-2018 12:13

Just phenomenal.
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Thu 29-November-2018 06:06

Really love this one - superb capture.
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Tue 27-August-2019 05:22

Amazing. It looks ke it is smiling!
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Tue 27-August-2019 07:51

Wowza! Spectacular detail and color. So interesting.
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Tue 27-August-2019 10:04

Great work! Congrats on Editors Choice!
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Tue 27-August-2019 03:52

You have few peers!
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Tue 27-August-2019 07:50

Stellar image in technique, composition and interest!
A_PeeR


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Tue 27-August-2019 10:41

Thanks to all for the kind words....
bgs

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Thu 29-August-2019 08:52

As mentioned earlier, this is is such a great shot Smile
SusHamilt2


Location: ID US
Sun 01-September-2019 09:27

Shooting at an angle gives this little guy such personality! Thanks for this great image!
texaseve


Location: Rocky Mount NC US
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Sun 01-September-2019 10:05

I love this!
tomsrose


Location: Langhorne PA US
Wed 04-September-2019 03:59

Amazing Photo and great persistence in getting this shot.