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In broad daylight

Sexworker [species of large honeybee] delivers a comprehensive service to its milkweed client.

In broad daylight

Sexworker [species of large honeybee] delivers a comprehensive service to its milkweed client.

comments (13)

  • FLOOG
  • A quiet corner of Utopia
  • 31 Jul 2008, 05:43
Ray, this is simply an amazing photograph. This would easily grace the cover of the National Geographic!

Stunning detail and clarity.
Ray: So pleased you like this one, Paul.
He's going right at it. Fabulous detail here in this amazing photo.
Ray: The bee gets the flower in a serious embrace, and then extracts nectar and pollen quite forcefully. This is a big bee and seems quite rough with the flower.
This really is an exceptional close-up shot!
Ray: I am very pleased that you like it, Chris.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 31 Jul 2008, 09:02
Wonderful, Dynamic, Extraordinary - is that enough superlatives. Very nice.
Ray: More than adequate, thanks, Brian. [grin]
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 31 Jul 2008, 11:03
You are actually BETTER than textbook, Ray. I think that's what I've wanted to say for a long time and just figured it out!
Ray: Right now I am feeling very flattered, Ginnie. You, and others on Shutterchance, are extremely encouraging as well as inspirational in terms of the quality of your work.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Jul 2008, 12:10
Wow! This is exceptional Ray.
Ray: Thanks, Scarlet. I think it is one of my more satisfying efforts at this macro game.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 31 Jul 2008, 12:51
Hi honey I am Home.Excelent close up Ray such great detail.
Ray: Funny, isn't it, how we all seem to feel there is a marriage between bee and flower.
I am glad you like this image, Vintage.
Best bug macro i have seen in a long time (the last one was on your site by the waywink), event the flower would have been good on it's own!
Ray: Coming from you, Maestro, that is a huge compliment. Thanks.
Superb Ray. Absolutely stunning.
Ray: Thanks, Bill. I am pleased you like it.
This macro is a great beauty.

All is perfect.

Congratulations!
Ray: Thank you, Remi. You are very kind.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 1 Aug 2008, 11:52
world-class shot Ray ! i agree with Paul a hundred percent. love the way the bee's right wing eases towards the right corner.
Ray: You are very generous, Terry. I have just started using a tripod and a macro lens, and still have much to learn. I was quite happy with this shot...not so much technically, but more for the enthusiasm of the embrace ...like lovers who had been apart too long.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 1 Aug 2008, 16:16
This is outstanding, Ray! Amazingly sharp, great colors, and it fills the frame perfectly. I think this could be a successful stock photo.
Ray: Thanks for your kind remarks, Martin.
I guess this is one shot that has been improved by my efforts to drag a tripod about the place when I go wandering.
These just get better and better. I agree with Floog. (:o)
Ray: You are altogether too kind, Rosalyn, but thank you!

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camera Canon EOS 40D
exposure mode shutter priority
shutterspeed 1/160s
aperture f/3.5
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 100.0mm
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