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Beautiful girl.
« on: August 11, 2008, 08:09:45 AM »
Beautiful girl.
(click on the pic to see the full size image)

OK, so I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but she's a Perfect 10 as far as I'm concerned. 8-)

Also, I know there are probably lots of people on this forum who can take better bee pics. I'm kind of new to this whole Macro photography thing (mostly I shoot landscapes and wildlife) but for a first effort, I'm kind of proud of it.
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2008, 12:45:41 PM »
Card.  Well, I would say that is a perfect 10 too, that image was nothing short of astounding, you took an excellent picture, thank you for sharing.  Beautiful and most wonderful day, love our groovey life!!  Cindi
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2008, 01:29:04 AM »
   Ditto Card!!

     That was better than any I have even attempted!  Excellent.  What equipment do you use?
Everyone said it couldn't be done. But he with a chuckle replied, "I won't be one to say it is so, until I give it a try."  So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin.  If he had a worry he hid it and he started to sing as he tackled that thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.  (unknown)

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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2008, 12:38:10 PM »
Card, she is indeed beautiful!  Great photography!  How did you convince her to pose like that??  Jody
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2008, 01:13:14 PM »
This is a beautiful photo!

I am sure Howland would like to see it for his new cover - hope you will be submitting?

- Jess

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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2008, 08:25:49 PM »
You are right. The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and we are beholding that beauty! Way to go Card.  :-D

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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2008, 09:45:22 PM »
Shes hot arright!!
 Looks like shes wearing a fur coat!

Great pic!
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2008, 10:15:33 PM »
That photo is awesome!!!

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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2008, 12:19:39 AM »
No one would ever believe that a bee could have such an angelical look. But those eyes are shining brightly and warmly. Little angel. I have a new desktop photo, once again.

Thanks for sharing
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2008, 05:38:36 PM »
Wow. Thank you all so much for the compliments. I was really nervous about posting that pic here where so many honeybee experts could see it - but you guys really made me glad I did!

OK, to answer the questions...

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What equipment do you use?
For the most part I get into wildlife and landscape photography (as you can see on my WikiCommons User page) so I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 camera that has a 12X zoom lens built-in. It's a sweet little camera, unfortunately all that zoom comes with a price, which is a pretty bad minimum focus distance - meaning it's hard to zoom in on things that are up close to you. So I've been experimenting with these screw-on auxiliary lenses called diopters, that are basically just magnifying glasses that go over the lens. This shot was taken with a +4 dioptic lens on my FZ-50. They're very finicky to work with, but the results can be amazing.


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How did you convince her to pose like that??
She's a little ham. Just lit right up when she saw the camera. ;-)

Nah, I can't take any credit for that. She's sitting on a little lip beside the hive entrance. I go out there in the evening a lot to sit next to the hives and see what my girls are up to, and it's pretty common for a single bee to climb up there and do their little antenna-cleaning routine while everyone else (that you can see in the background) is doing their evening housekeeping around the hive entrance. I just set the camera on the tripod, focused on that spot, and then waited for a bee to climb up there. It's one of the few times they will sit still for a few seconds, which is what made the photo possible.


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I am sure Howland would like to see it for his new cover - hope you will be submitting?
I hadn't even thought about that. I guess I assumed he would probably get a lot better submissions than my photo - but I'll send it his way. You never know, right? Thank for the suggestion!


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But those eyes are shining brightly and warmly.
I have to admit that the 'warmth' was one of the things I liked the most about it - but I can't take any credit for that either. Due to a lack of morning sunlight on my property, I had to set my hives up to catch the evening sun instead. There was a really nice sunset that evening, and the reddish/yellow light of the sunset is what gives the photo such a warm feel.
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2008, 02:34:48 AM »
This is a beautiful photo!

I am sure Howland would like to see it for his new cover - hope you will be submitting?

- Jess

That was my thought, too.  Awesome pic, and looks like a perfectly healthy girl, too... not a hair out of place, either.

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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2008, 12:10:14 AM »
>Panasonic Lumix

Got one probably not same model --- was listed in consumer reports as a top pick.

Can't stand it but probably user error.
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2008, 09:16:07 PM »
sc-bee, I hate it that you haven't been happy with the camera, but if it's an FZ30 or an FZ50 and you're just looking to get rid of it, drop me a PM or something. We might be able to work something out.

They're definitely weird cameras though, I agree with you on that. A lot more complicated than your average point-and-shoot, and a lot simpler than your average dSLR. It's a strange blend, but after working with my FZ50 for 2+ years I've gotten so I really love it.
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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2008, 12:01:45 PM »
Extremely cool.  Wish my camera could do that close.  :-\  Nice shot. 

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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2008, 01:20:38 PM »
Like the winter scene with the old mining road best and the bee pic with the two fat drones.


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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2008, 01:50:38 PM »
Like the winter scene with the old mining road best and the bee pic with the two fat drones.


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Where are those photos?  Did I miss something??

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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2008, 01:57:17 PM »
Like the winter scene with the old mining road best and the bee pic with the two fat drones.


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Where are those photos?  Did I miss something??

Here's his Pic file Annette: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ken_Thomas


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Re: Beautiful girl.
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2008, 02:06:09 PM »
Oh my gosh!!! How can you pick even one of these when they are all so beautiful.  Ken, please, please, send in a bunch of photos to Howland for his book. Please. You are a wonderful photograher.

He is looking for something joyful. Can you think of a photo that would show joy??

Not sure where I heard this.