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saly Jan 14, 2012 3:07 AM

Finally had a chance to take the FZ35 (with LC-55) out. It was a very bright sunny day, and I had to use the flash to tone down the harsh shadows. The colors are pretty much SOOC!




Raghu Jan 14, 2012 3:48 AM

Great pics, Saly. #3 is my fav. Use of flash doesn't show at all unless you mention it, as you did. Very well done.

wanaclick Jan 14, 2012 7:11 AM

Saly,these are some of the finest flower and insect/bee shots I have ever seen.I wish I could get such ones with my FZ35 and the LC55 someday!

gordymohr Jan 14, 2012 9:39 AM

very nice Saly

csa Jan 14, 2012 11:05 AM

Ohhh, Wow! I thought #1 was my favorite, until I looked at the rest of them! All are so beautiful; the colors are breathtaking!

jjdog2 Jan 14, 2012 12:30 PM

Excellent Saly, you work your magic again. :)


saly Jan 14, 2012 12:40 PM

Thank you so much everyone!

Raghu - When the sun is very bright (which is most of the time where I live) I find that I have to use the flash as fill. Otherwise I get very dark shadows. I lower the flash intensity and that seems to work well. Sometimes I use a small mirror to reflect the sun from different angles, if the subject is stationary.

wanaclick - it just takes patience, lots of trial and error especially with moving targets like a bee! I shot at least 100 frames this day and these are the ones I was really happy with.

catalex54 Jan 14, 2012 2:11 PM

Absolutely beautiful series Saly!! Well done.

roger53 Jan 14, 2012 5:25 PM

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Saly, you have some nice shots here. Last Spring/Summer, I got many bee shots. But, only one was a time to capture the uniqueness of the "pollen bucket." Your shot #2 shows the pollen bucket, the yellow sac on the side. They are something like saddlebags, in which the pollen is captured, then carried from plant to plant (the huge benefit of bees -- necessary for successful crop pollination).

I apologize if I'm hijacking your thread with a few of my shots. Here are four shots, three of which have the distinct yellow pollen buckets. One has a brown bucket, not yellow. This bee is a worker bee for the management of the hives. The brown substance in the bucket is a resin, used to build and repair the hives. The task of this bee is different -- hive management, not pollination. Interesting stuff, for me, at least.

I hope I have all this rightly stated. This was explained to me by two different sources after they saw these images last Spring (shot on Jun 6). Up that that time, I didn't understand the bucket thing. The plant here is spiderwart, a plant that blooms like this, with abundant pollen, for a very short time.

I liked these shots. I believe I used one of them in the "favorite" thread.

saly Jan 14, 2012 6:47 PM

Thanks catalex!

Thanks Roger for the information on the pollen bucket! Yes, I've seen bees with HUGE buckets. Amazing they can fly with that huge load! I think this is the biggest one I can find in my gallery...

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