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This Photo's ID: 3687

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1st Place Dpreview Bumblebees Challenge (92 entries) Sept 2012
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So, there I was walking along in my back field looking for something cool to shoot one early morning when I spot this guy on  a goldenrod flower.

I (carefully) worked my way in, hoping he’d allow me to get a nice shot. Fortunately, the temps were still cool from the night before and he was a bit sluggish. I quickly started looking at different compostions and decided a frontal / three quarter view  was probably my best bet.

I maneuvered the tripod into place and got in just about as close as my lens would allow. The extreme magnification allowed only a tiny fraction to actually be sharp in any one frame, so I took a series of 16 different shots – each at different focus points down his body – then used software to blend them into a single sharp photo.

Gotta love digital!

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3 Responses to Bumblebee

  1. Richard says:

    Would like to know more of how you blend multiple shots into one. This is a great composit shot.

  2. Eldon Gaw says:

    Very Nice Photo Steve, for sure. Congratulations…

    Last summer I was in our own garden when I spotted a bumblebee on one of my wife’s flowers, and all I had was my cell phone, an ageing Blackberry 9700. I quickly pulled it out of my pocket and set the lens to close up and took a couple of “pretty nice” shots… Then I just waited. Eventually he decided to investigate and lifted off the flower and flew right towards the cell phone/camera. I think I got a one in a million shots and I call it ..”Tora, Tora, Tora” as in it he definitely reminded me of one of those Japanese torpedo bombers as they decimated Pearl harbour. Fierce determination and in-your-face individualism is splashed across the face of that bumblebee…and no photo shop not umpteen gazillion dollars of camera or lens…just one lucky shot. I think it is spectacular.. Definetely one of my best ever photos.

  3. Andrea Wojcik says:

    This is definitely an awesome shot.

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