Monday, June 26, 2006

MACRO MONDAYS -- Tiny Bee with a Smaller Friend on a Little Flower


Blogger micki said...

Yesterday’s shot was a close up I took of some coffee grounds in the can using some of my extension tubes. I really thought it would be too easy, so I’m glad I stumped you all this week.

I was just out crawling around the back yard with my extension tubes on, seeing what I could see. I found those little, teeny, tiny daisy like weeds on the edge of the yard. This little bee kept coming back to this flower, so I was able to get in a few shots. On this, the last shot, he was joined by an insect friend. I had to go with the York Lab scan for this image, as there was too much contrast for my scanner.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Kodak Max ISO 800
Shutter Speed - 1/1000
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Scanning Method - York Photo Labs’ scan of my negative (My cheap scanner couldn’t do it again)

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Waking us up in the middle of the night to go out for breakfast, which I never ate. I always got a burger and fries.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

That thing has massively long legs. Did you have him on the rack for a stretching before you took the shot? Not sure at all what his little friend is but I guess little friends come in all shapes and sizes.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Amazing details! Nice one Micki!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

It's a two-fer! I love it.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely shot. Gee, those are some long legs on that bee.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

My what long legs you have ... I love the shot, Micki. I've always been fascinated with bees. I'm always on the lookout for a beehive. I'd love to have a photo. Mind you, I don't want to "stumble" into one ... that would be very bad, indeed! :-)

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

Micki, I tried on of these and no joy. You got two bees in your shot! I bow my hat. THese are sooooooooooo hard.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous yungyaw said...

Nicely captured. Luckily you manage to wait for this moment.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous chantal said...

This is beautiful Micki...good work

11:06 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Interesting closeup. The extension tubes open a new world of things to shoot. Nice work!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Now I’ve tried the ‘tubes myself, I know how Jide must feel seeing this! Really cool macro work here.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely details in this shot, lovely macro Micki!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Very nice shot Micki.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

It's funny that bees seem to prefer a particular flower. There are tons of the same flower around, but they always come back to the exact same one. I wonder why.

I'm glad you used that to your advantage for this shot. That bee has a funny little round head.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. Great shot. I've tried to get something similar but those critters move too quickly for me. Question for you: do you find that extension tubes affect the colour of your shot? They sure are great for getting in real close. Chris

7:10 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Nice catch! I've had NO luck with bees and flowers. I got a macro of a sweat bee on leg this weekend but Maddy said it was too gross to post:-)

10:22 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice dof and detail...i like the composition-perfect timing spot for the bee right on top of the daisy:-))

10:47 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I have a hard time getting a decent bee shot. Bee utiful Micki!

12:32 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Great macro shot, Micki. Clear details of the flower and the bee.

12:44 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

I love the cut of this Micki. Thank you for your comments ;)))

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

Nice macro of summertime

1:38 AM  
Blogger Kala said...

beautiful shot - you should extend your template content width size - from 660 to 810 and your main width from 410 to 560 px - great close up! the picture will not cross over to the side bar =)

7:01 AM  
Blogger Sriram said...


This one is clearly my FAV in recent times. Nice capture...

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Seems you had the same idea as tore in your post for today :)

Lovely shot

7:55 AM  
Anonymous G said...

A lucky shot, to get two critters on one flower.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous GeeTee said...

Very nice indeed.

I've only just bought a macro lens - this inspires me to get out there and use it.

8:23 AM  
Blogger photo-effe said...

nice framing

9:23 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Beautifully delicate - the little friend is a bonus!

6:53 AM  

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