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Auteursrechten: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2007-06-24
Categorieën: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Belichting: f/3.2, 1/500 Seconden
More Photo Info: [view]
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Datum inzending: 2007-06-25 6:55
Gezien: 3890
Favorieten: 7 [Zicht]
Punten: 70
[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf
The title is inspired from the title of one of the books by the Noble Prize winner in Literature Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 'The Fragrance of Guava'.

Seen here is a blue banded bee getting attracted to a guava flower. Shot taken hand-held standing in a precarious place and the conditions was cloudy as well as windy.

The Anthophorini is a large tribe in the family Apidae, with over 750 species worldwide that were previously classified in the family Anthophoridae; the vast majority of species are in the genera Amegilla and Anthophora. All species are solitary, though many nest in large aggregations. Nearly all species make nests in the soil, either in banks or in flat ground; the larvae develop in cells with waterproof linings and do not spin cocoons. Species in this tribe are often referred to as "digger bees", though this common name is sometimes applied to members of the tribe Centridini, as well.

The characters used to define this group are subtle, but they are nonetheless fairly recognizable; they are generally large (up to 3 cm), very robust, hairy bees, with visibly protruding faces, and the apical portion of the wings are studded with microscopic papillae. The abdomen is often banded, and in many Old World species of Amegilla these bands are metallic blue. The wings often appear disproportionately short compared to other bees, and their "buzz" is often a high-pitched whine, as they hover and feed on flowers. Males commonly have pale white or yellow facial markings, and/or peculiarly modified leg armature and hairs.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-25 7:06]

Hi Sumon,
an excellant capture of this bee in mid-flight.
Sharp and detailed with vivid colours.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-06-25 7:19]

Hello Sumon,
Lovely capture of the little blue bee and the Guava flower which I've not seen before! Excellent sharpness in bee and flower and beautiful colours. Very fine composition too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Great inflight shot! I'm always amazed at these....takes perfect timing! Awesome!! Good work. :)

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-25 7:32]

salut Sumon,
très belle image d'insect en approche la maîtrise de la vitesse est parfaite. Le cadrage est soigné ce qui permet une bonne lecture de l'image. Je me demande si un recentrage sur l'insect ne serait pas à effectuer, j'aime sa couleur et sa posture.


Hello Sumon,
It is interesting to see how the insect is targeting the delicate flower!
Excellent capture of action, amazing details...
A well composed presentation, where the colour palette is very attractive!
Pablo -

Hi Sumon,
Wonderful to catch this blue banded bee in flight. Crisp clear and well exposed image. Lovely natural colors. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Sumon,
Fabulous. Simple amazing.Brilliant. Nothing more to say about.
PERFECT SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


selam sumon; wow excellent close up shot of this beautiful flower and insect which is fying through to flower ,good details presented ,nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hi Sumon,
I grew up with a guava tree in my front yard, but I had no idea it's flowers were so beautiful. Thank you for this amazing photograph. Your info is very good too.
Cheers, Uma

A unique picture to me. I have never seen such a thing and you have captured it clearly in the air. It's color is a piece of natures magic. Well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-25 9:36]

Hi Sumon.
What a fantastic shot you have created. Bravo. Superb done. 3D-image of this amazing flower (its details, sharpness, illumination and colours are simply great) and in-flight insect sharp image of it impresses my imagination. BG is so fantastic as main subject. My congratulations and best regards.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-25 10:36]

WOW!! Impressive capture, Sumon!!
What a beautiful shot with such magnificent details and marvellous colors!
I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.
My compliments and best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-25 10:39]

Hi Sumon,

I have never seen a blue bee! Another absolutely beautiful photo. Both the bee and the flower are perfect with beautiful colors and fine details. A marvelous composition as always.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-25 11:15]

A really fantastic capture...Absolutely beautiful...Splendid colors and detail...Great DOF...TFS

Sumon, one of the first things I noticed in this picture is the DOF. It is perfect. Gives a three dimensional feel to the picture. The colours, aperture, exposure etc are all in place. A higher SS could have helped a little more, but that is a minor detail.

Very good composition overall.

Good work, Warm regards, Kiran.

Hi Sumon,
Kiran is right about the DOF, its amazing. The colors are wonderful too. I like the action in this shot
Goutham R

bonjour sumon
il va falloir nous presenter cet UFO posé pour que nous puissions bien voir ses couleur un peu bizard,toujours est il que vous avez reussi a l'avoir net et c'est super.

I have some very hazy pictures of this blue bee shot in Dharamsala (HP) last year, Sumon. They were taken from a distance because the fellow would not let me get closer and I did not have a DSLR with macro lens then.
This is an amzing shot. At 500, you have frozen the bee in mid air along with a fine view of the guava flower it is going to land on.
If I am not mistaken, this could be the first picture of a blue bee on TN.
Kudos for doing a great job and best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-06-25 13:20]

This is superb, Sumon!
Great capture of this blue Anthophorid Bee homing in on a Guava Flower. Very fine sharpness and excellent composition with just the right DOF and BG despite the low aperture.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Sumon,
extreme sharpness on this in-flight bee with exact colouration and details
I loved it very much
thanks for sharing

Buff !! Impresionante enfoque y profundidad de campo. Con esa Sony DSC H2 estás dándonos una lección de fotografía y además tienes un "ojo" especial para las capturas: enhorabuena !!

Hello Sumon this is a wow shot great freeze and sharp focus with well composed frame nice colours and good light very well done tfs rgds Necip - definately adding to my fav list.

Hola Sumon.
Fantástica esta fotografía.
Perfectas tanto la abeja comno la flor que permanecen perfectamente enfocadas.
Buena nitidez y acertada exposición.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-25 21:37]

Amazing photo! I am fascinated by the blue color on the bee. I have never seen anything like it. The sharpness of the entire photo is impressive. Not only is the bee razor sharp, but the flower is well focused also. Exposure is outstanding with very vivid color, excellent light, and no over-exposure of the white flower! You should be very proud of this one. This is nature at it's best!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-25 23:12]

Hello Sumon

Beautiful! A wonderful composition with good action and sharp detail.The flower has target written all over it.The colours are well saturated and the focus is spot on.Great job.TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-26 2:24]

Hi Sumon

What a magnificent posting!! The composition is wonderful as are the colours and focus - an amazing shot.


Hi Sumon,
A shot expected from an expert like you. Just wonderful. A very well taken shot although the beautiful bee in movement. 10/10 from me. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Sorry out of smilies shall post it tomorrow. :D

Hi Sumon, splendid flower and splendid flyng bee, wonderful composition with great colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi sumon,
its amazing,excellent shot,hats off to you

Awesome capture. Perfect sharpness and detail, gorgeous colors and the blue banded bee is a new one for me! TFS, Klaus

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-26 10:24]

Hello Sumon, excellent capture! The bee looks so fast and you managed to capture it in flyght. great POV and composition, very sharp and colorful...well done.

This has got to be my first time ever seeing a bee that is blue striped and amazing image at that. The colors as well as the composition are fantastic in this wonderful capture. :)

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-06-26 17:36]

Hola Sumon, impresionante captura, muy nítido el insecto y la flor, muy lograda la foto. Preciosa composición, muy nítidos los colores y brillantes. Enhorabuena por tan buen ojo... Saludos Sira

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-06-27 14:06]

Une magnifique cible pour ce charmant insecte.
Bonne journée.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-28 12:09]

Waww! It's a smashing achievemnt - to capture the flying "beast" and the flower so sharply! Mana, it seems you come from the line of the ancient Indian fakirs. You are definitely a favourite of mine!

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