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Abstract
Feb 11, 2006, 06:53 AM
Just some photos I took today. Scary stuff. I absolutely HATE bees. I've never been stung, but I used to be so afraid of bees that I would run around if one was buzzing around behind me. :rolleyes:

Anyway, it was interesting to watch these little guys. I used the 18-55 mm kit lense from my D50 to take the photos, and since I only had a 55mm focal length and not a 200 mm or something, I had to put the camera very very close to the bees to get these photos. I'm talking about within 10 cm (3.5 inches) or so. Since he was inside a flower getting sugar, I'm guessing he would have been stinging my ass until tomorrow if I interrupted him too much.

jsw
Feb 11, 2006, 07:27 AM
Beautiful shots!

I'm guessing he would have been stinging my ass until tomorrow....

You must have a novel way of holding the camera. If I took pics like this, I'd've been worried about my face or hands getting stung.

_Matt
Feb 11, 2006, 07:37 AM
beautiful pics!

don't be afraid of bees. i was absolutely terrified of them for my entire life and i used to jump right into the pool in the summer if one was chasing me around. then this summer i was at my friend's house playing baseball and i stepped on a yellow jacket nest. i got stung ten times. it doesn't hurt that much. but then again yellow jackets are in the wasp family which aren't bees so i have yet to be stung by a true bee. :(

Abstract
Feb 11, 2006, 07:39 AM
You must have a novel way of holding the camera. If I took pics like this, I'd've been worried about my face or hands getting stung.


"Go-Go Gadget camera!" ;)

Chuckles
Feb 11, 2006, 07:42 AM
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I freaking hate bees!

...

*shudders*

Beautiful shots, though.

Abstract
Feb 11, 2006, 07:52 AM
Here's another shot of the purple flower, except the bee is a little more out-of-focus, and the flower is more in focus. The rest of the shots I took were from a bit "further away" (I think he was getting a bit upset).


don't be afraid of bees.......... i was at my friend's house playing baseball and i stepped on a yellow jacket nest. i got stung ten times.
How does your story and "don't be afraid of bees" statement fit together? :p

whocares
Feb 11, 2006, 08:42 AM
Don't be afraid of bees, there're pretty much inoffensive. That is, they are not agressive and won't attack you w/o a good reason.

It's the wasps and hornets you want to watch. ;)


Nice pics. :)

ITASOR
Feb 11, 2006, 09:50 AM
Ahh, I hate bees. Just looking at those pictures, I feel them crawling all over me and buzzing at my head...seriously.

CanadaRAM
Feb 11, 2006, 10:23 AM
Just some photos I took today.
Very nice.

If perchance you are shooting roses, and you have the accurate variety names for the ones you have shot, and would like to share some of your shots on www.everyrose.com, please PM me.

iChrisLH
Feb 11, 2006, 10:44 AM
i got close too...

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/chrislholder/Photography/bees.jpg

whocares
Feb 11, 2006, 10:51 AM
Looks like we're all getting close. :)
But my composition was a bit weak...

Abstract
Feb 11, 2006, 05:50 PM
^^Why do you say it's weak?

@CanadaRAM: Will do. I'm sure I could get the names from somewhere.

whocares
Feb 11, 2006, 06:25 PM
^^Why do you say it's weak?

'Cause the area of interest (the bee) is plonk in the middle of the picture. :o

Abstract
Feb 11, 2006, 10:08 PM
Is that bad? I think it would be better if the bee was higher up in the 2nd image (and I don't know much about photography, so it's really just a non-technical opinion), but the 1st image is fine.

You could have gotten a bit closer on the first one, though. ;)

Xephian
Feb 11, 2006, 10:26 PM
Those are some nice shots.

whocares
Feb 12, 2006, 08:13 AM
Is that bad? I think it would be better if the bee was higher up in the 2nd image (and I don't know much about photography, so it's really just a non-technical opinion), but the 1st image is fine.

You could have gotten a bit closer on the first one, though. ;)

IIRC, I got as close as my non-macro 70-210 Tamron zoom would let me go: about 90cm. Was about 7 years ago...

sushi
Feb 12, 2006, 08:43 AM
Since he was inside a flower getting sugar, I'm guessing he would have been stinging my ass until tomorrow if I interrupted him too much.
Actually, sting wise, worker bees can only sting you once because their stinger stays in you. Their stinger has barbs so once in you it comes out of the bee and they go off to die.

Wasps, Hornets, and the like can keep stinging you over and over since their stingers have no barbs and remain in the insect.

If you ever find yourself in a situation were these types of insects become agitated, try to remain calm. They can sense the fear and will attack. This technique has saved me on numerous occasions in the bush.

BTW, nice pics!

Applespider
Feb 12, 2006, 08:44 AM
Is that bad?

Most photography books suggest that you follow the rule of thirds in the photography - split the picture into thirds horizontally and vertically and your points of interest should be at the intersections.

So a horizon would never be dead centre but in the top or lower third dependent on whether you've got a foreground. The Eiffel Tower would never be dead centre but off to one side or other.

It's one of those things where if you go back and look at some of your pictures that you really like, you might find that they do actually correspond to the thirds rule - the eye just seems to prefer it. And those which you weren't altogether happy with, just don't quite match it

sushi
Feb 12, 2006, 09:22 AM
Might find this site interesting:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.insectstings.co.uk/images/FingerGiantHornet.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.insectstings.co.uk/fingerpics.htm&h=240&w=320&sz=14&tbnid=8-mwLQ0vdDAJ:&tbnh=84&tbnw=112&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgiant%2Bhornet%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D&oi=imagesr&start=3

JDar
Feb 12, 2006, 09:24 AM
Honeybees are docile little critters unless you are near their hive which they will defend. When they are out working they could care less that you are among the plants with them. Forget docility with yellow jackets and wasps and Africanized bees which seem to want to go after you no matter what. From experience they don't take well to being sprayed with water.

whocares
Feb 12, 2006, 09:43 AM
Might find this site interesting:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.insectstings.co.uk/images/FingerGiantHornet.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.insectstings.co.uk/fingerpics.htm&h=240&w=320&sz=14&tbnid=8-mwLQ0vdDAJ:&tbnh=84&tbnw=112&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgiant%2Bhornet%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D&oi=imagesr&start=3

Ok, he wins. :eek: :eek:

But then again, I wouldn't want a giant hornet on my finger. ;)

Honeybees are docile little critters unless you are near their hive which they will defend. When they are out working they could care less that you are among the plants with them. Forget docility with yellow jackets and wasps and Africanized bees which seem to want to go after you no matter what. From experience they don't take well to being sprayed with water.

How would you feel if some giant being drenched you with water while you were MYOB? ;)
Nice pic. :cool:

MacHarne
Feb 12, 2006, 09:54 AM
Gotta love the bee photos!
http://ryanharne.com/photographs/IMG_0163.jpg

http://ryanharne.com/photographs/IMG1_0379.jpg

joepunk
Feb 12, 2006, 10:57 AM
Bringing back memories of a time when I was young and a bee or such came right at my face. So, what did I do? I closed my eyes in fright and what do you think happens, the little critter's leg gets caught in my closed eyelid IIRC.

I have never swatted at a bee or hornet. I would just keep on walking.

Lovely shots everyone.

Marky_Mark
Feb 14, 2006, 05:16 PM
I love bees. Taken on my garden wall last summer - you can see the pollen grains on his lil' hairy body! I won a recent nature comp with this one.

Xephian
Feb 14, 2006, 05:37 PM
Nice high quality photos.

Tel
Feb 14, 2006, 05:40 PM
http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/2867/hoverfly2ai.jpg

Technically a hoverfly and totally harmless considering it has no sting what-so-ever but its the closest I've ever got to any yellow and black stripy critters :D

Marky_Mark
Feb 14, 2006, 05:46 PM
Technically a hoverfly and totally harmless considering it has no sting what-so-ever but its the closest I've ever got to any yellow and black stripy critters :D

Very nice indeed :)

JDar
Feb 14, 2006, 07:38 PM
That's a text book example of a hoverfly, whatever that is. Very nice!

sushi
Feb 16, 2006, 05:44 PM
Holly Cow Batman! :D

http://www.hornissenschutz.de/manda.htm

Seen one of these in person. Scary! :eek:

Tel
Feb 16, 2006, 06:23 PM
http://www.hornissenschutz.de/mandariania/mandarinia1.jpg
That is one scary little bugger :eek:

At least my little critter was technically part of the fly family so the worst it could do was to vomit on me :D

Seen one of these in person. Scary! :eek:
Did you happen to run very fast in the other direction when you see that?

sushi
Feb 17, 2006, 12:34 AM
Did you happen to run very fast in the other direction when you see that?
At first I did a double take since it was so big.

When I realized what is was -- a big wasp like insect -- I slowly moved away.

After reading information on these critters, it is just as well I didn't run as he could have easily caught me and stung me.

As I mentioned earlier, unlike a bee, wasps can continue to sting you indefinitely. Even if a wasp's rear portion is separated from the rest of the body, it will continue to sting.

If you haven't seen it, you might want to watch the National Geographic special called, "Hornets from Hell". It's a good flick.

BTW, in the picture that you posted from the site, I wonder how that person got the hornet to stay on his hand without stinging him. As Dr. Masato Ono, an entomologist at Tamagawa University, near Tokyo, said after being stung, it's "like a hot nail through my leg."

sushi
Feb 17, 2006, 12:38 AM
I love bees. Taken on my garden wall last summer - you can see the pollen grains on his lil' hairy body! I won a recent nature comp with this one.
Very nice pic. Cool that you can see the pollen.

Marky_Mark
Feb 17, 2006, 04:15 AM
**** me Tel! That is one seriously large *******! It's like it's from the Valley of Death or something! :eek:

Tel
Feb 17, 2006, 07:43 AM
**** me Tel! That is one seriously large *******! It's like it's from the Valley of Death or something! :eek:

Tell me about it! Wouldn't want to get too close to that. Check out the link that sushi posted, thats where I got the image, there's even more there.