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July 30
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Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 27, 2014, 8:37:29 AM
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
dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

I had a lot of fun shooting that scene.
b33sandun1corns Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
no prob
I bet
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 !
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. 
mtsofan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible shot!
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
AllieEss Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great shot!! But weren't you afraid she would bite you? :D
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.
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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