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Canon
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Canon EOS-1D Mark III
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1/250 second
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F/14.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jul 27, 2014, 8:37:29 AM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0 Windows
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Pollinators Series 3-3 by dalantech Pollinators Series 3-3 by dalantech
I spotted this honeybee feeding in a zucchini flower and knew she'd be covered in some huge pollen, but the flower was very low to the ground and it was just a really bad angle to shoot from. So when she landed on a nearby grape vine to clean herself I took a chance and got her to feed from my finger. There was so much pollen on the poor girl that it was falling like snow.

Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F14, 1/250, ISO 200) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (~1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I am the finger model.
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Dalantech has shown an excellent example of macro photography in this piece. The pollen and hairs on the bee are in great detail. I find it impressive that Dalantech were able to get it to drink from the droplet on a finger. The focus on the head is clear and crisp. This is a fun piece of wall art. If I had the funds I would buy one. This is an excellent look at pollen that is in most times shown as a fine dust or an electron microscope death star or spike ball. I love how you can see the individual joints in the exoskeleton and detail of the proboscis. In conclusion, this is a mesmerizing study of the insect world.
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b33sandun1corns Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
awww this is so cute! you're so lucky! this definitely proves how harmless bees are and how evil and cynical wasps are
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dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

I had a lot of fun shooting that scene.
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b33sandun1corns Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
no prob
I bet
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ScaledOne Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just so wicked ! How can you stay froze enough to not frighten the bee and make it flee away ? Kudos for a more than awesome picture !
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dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What if I told you that once she started feeding I slowly moved to a spot where I could shoot her with a grape leaf in the background ( didn't want the background to be black). It was very tricky, and I got lucky -she wanted the sweet stuff more than she was frightened of me. 
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mtsofan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible shot!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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AllieEss Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great shot!! But weren't you afraid she would bite you? :D
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

Honeybees don't typically bite, they sting. I wasn't doing anything that would have made her mad, so I wasn't really worried.
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AllieEss Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, yes, they sting. I didn't use the proper word.
I was curious because I'm veery afraid of them and I wouldn't let them sit on my finger. scared.... "the 2nd" 
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