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They are still here...

They are still here...
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זכות יוצרים: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
ז'נר: Animals
מדיום: צבעוני
תאריך צילום: 2005-04-10
קטגוריות: Insects
מצלמה: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee and flies [view contributor(s)]
תאריך טעינה: 2005-04-10 13:15
נצפה: 4699
נקודות: 46
[Note Guidelines] הערת הצלם
In-flight nearly there shots.

Bees belong to the order Hymenoptera. There are +/- 198,000 species worldwide and +/- 6,000 species is South Africa. To give you an idea of the diversity of this order it’s sub-divided into the following sub-orders:

Symphyta – Wood wasps, horntails and sawflies.
Apocrita – Ants, bees and wasps

The bees in this photo are from left to right, top to bottom:

1) Carpenter bee (Amegilla atrocincta)
2) Carpenter bee (Xylocopa caffra)
3) Honey bee (Apis mellifera)
4) Carpenter bee (Amegilla atrocincta)

Carpenter bees belong to the family Anthoporidae and the honey bee to the family Apidae. In the latest classification system updates I have read that the carpenter bees also resort under the family Apidae now.

I have spent most of my afternoon to try and get some bees in-flight. (While we still have them with winter on our door step.) I used my 100-400mm lens on all the photos. No flash was used and all the photos were handheld. The technical details are as follows:

1) ISO 200, 1/500s, F6.3, 400mm.
2) ISO 200, 1/160s, F8, 400mm.
3) ISO 200, 1/250s, F6.3, 400mm
4) ISO 200, 1/320s, F6.3, 400mm

The light was not ideal and it was slightly overcast. I think I should have picked a better opportunity to try this. Anyway…

I hope you like them. I think the first one was overloaded I can see it jettison some excessive cargo in-flight. :)

carper, ellis49, IdoTT, NitzanCK, Luc, marhowie, elroyie, red45, Fisher, PDP, Janice, JeanMichel, coasties, Callie, dew77, hummingbird24, Zapofrog has marked this note useful
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-10 13:21]

very nice freesing shots,Gehardt
fantastic photo's all 4, great pof, good note, very good and complete job, gr. Jaap

Great shot Gerhard.
If you can use you BiG White for these shots, no need for a macro ;-). Great action, details, composition and colours. Great note too.
They can be a stand alone all 4.
Excellent work, my friend

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2005-04-10 13:33]

Great Gerhard - all are sharp and well caught. Cheers. Tim

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1462 W: 74 N: 1428] (4750)
  • [2005-04-10 13:38]

I think this presentation is very good and well succeeded in spite of the overcast weather, Gerhard. The images are very nice and colorful. The topleft is my favourite of the 4. The one in the lower right is slightly oof imo. I would have liked to see them as seperate posts. Well done & TFS!

Muito linda a foto e a informaחao, bem feita.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2005-04-10 14:48]

Why to deprive us of so much beauty by making a 4 in one? But it you the artist. Us, the viewers, must to stay in appetite. But I know the work which you carried out to present us this and I forgive you, friend Gerhard ;-)
A good week to you!

Wonderful job on this Gerhard! I like the first frame the best of the group for the eye detail and the dagger-like mouth appendage..Very well done my friend!

Interesting post and good arrangement of the frames into one big frame.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-04-10 15:45]

Not much to say Gerhard except - superb presentation. Bees in flight are very hard to catch and you did great job! Four perfect pictures. I saw those carpenters bees live - impressive. Bootom right picture remainds me your Dropship from october.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-10 16:18]

This is great. The compositions of the composition is excelent. :) :)
I like the bee with the spiked sucker, what a bee!!!
Well done on this one.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-10 16:28]

Mmmm, a selection box. Excellent set of four Gerhard. I appreciate the time and effort that must have gone into these. Each is excellent, beautiful work.

Halo Gerhard!
This is amazing composition. I love your great bees in every pose ;-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-10 16:54]

4 in 1. Well done Gerhard, and 3 are different bees too. What a busy flower. Excellent results and especially the 1st one, with as you said, it was jettisoning some excessive cargo. Details are so good. A really good job! Congratulations!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-10 17:21]

Very good presentation Gerhard. All are very nice but my pavourite is the only honey bee.
Top left has very good PoV but a bit soft in focus.
Good work.
Thanks for sharing.

Individually, each one is a great shot, Gerhard. I'm very impressed of what you get with the 100-400 handheld, even at mid-low speeds. As it's not always easy to come close because they move fast, it's a very good solution you adopted. It's sharp up to the eyes details. To me, the light is ideal, as it gives very natural colors and a soft contrast. I'll have my 100-400 next week, and the bees are arriving slowly :-). I'll certaily use your method. Thanks for posting.

Very nice collection. Each is just a bit different from the other. Colors are vivid and lovely.

My Vriend
Jy skop behoolik hie onder die makro werkers. A beautiful parcel - I love the hardware of the one Top L. Very nicely done.
I spent my weken learning PS paths! Blah!
Will get back to TN when I have some time later.

Very nice composition, I like them all but my favorite is the first one.
Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-11 9:04]

Very good effort and presentation! I liked them all ,especially he first carpenter bee...It's flying and looking at your cam...Well done and thanks for sharing

Dis pragtig. This is something else i need to try. They are all very good, but top left is the best.. Arme ding se magie is nie lekker nie :)


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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-11 15:34]

What can I say, You and that big lens make for a BIG TEAM! You have managed to impress me to no end with these. My favorites are top left and bottom right.

Fantastic work.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-11 22:49]

Gerhard, I teach English literature here in Brazil, and I enjoyed the excerpt by Wordsworth on your introduction note.

As for the shots, all of them are very nice. Great composition(s). I know these kinds of captures are not easy, but they're worthwhile.
Great job(s).

In case you wish, check similar shots on www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Brazil/photo9393.htm
and www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Brazil/photo11229.htm

The bee on the top left look very evil! Good sharpness to them all. Excellent presentation. Nice work Gerhard. TFS

Bravo Gerhard ....superbe clichיs ... et bonne compositions ....Tres bon travail

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