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Happy Bee Day

Happy Bee Day
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-28
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Marshy Point Nature Center [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-28 14:32
Viewed: 1224
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For my birthday today, I spent several hours at my favorite nature preserve. I was trying out my new monopod to see if I could make use of it with my nature shots. I had some mixed results, but I also tried using a slower shutter speed than I usually do. It was an overcast day, so the lighting was nicely diffused.

I don't know what kind of flowers these are, but they are beautiful. They are located in the butterfly garden at the preserve, but no butterflies today, only a bee or two enjoying the flowers.

PP: Crop, cloned out two twigs, curves, saturation, USM

Thanks for viewing and have a wonderful weekend.

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Let me be the first to congratulate you on your big B'day and wish you many happy returns of the day, Werner!

The capture is excellent, captured with perfect sharpness and from a very well chosen POV. The colors are amazing and the bumblebee is very well shown and in great focus.

The blurry green BG looks like a vast greenish sea, where this beautiful flower is flowing and the bee seems to be in its fantasy world. What one can more want from its life? ;)

Enjoy the day to your fullest!

best greetings,

Happy Birthday Werner!!!
Cette macro est vraiment superbe avec d'excellents détails sur les fleurs ET l'abeille.Belles couleurs douces.Bravo Werner!Catherine

Hi Werner,
Fantastic composition with beautiful colors and details. A wonder to be admired in silence.
TFS and a very happy birthday.

Bonjour Werner,

Happy Birthday cher ami Werner!!!
Belle balade avez-vous faites ce jour.
Splendide macro d'une fleur qui, même si elle est belle, on la dit dangereuse. "elle se nomme Digitalis" voir dans le lien en anglais ci-dessous.


Superbes couleurs, la présentation est soignée.
Mes compliments et meilleurs voeux pour ce jour.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-05-28 15:46]

Happy Birthday Werner.
I nearly posted a Foxtail / Digitalis flower today - minus the bee though!!!
They are beautiful flowers, always so strong and colourful
Good shot of the flowers and the bee - she is very crisp and sharp - you show them off well, especially against the soft green BG

Hi Werner, I see a few people have told you the name of this flower .. in this country they're commonly known as Foxglove ... Digitalis is the botanical name.
Secondly ... Happy Birthday!! I hope it's been a great day for you, and that you have a great year ahead!
Great photo! Fantastic sharpness on the bee and flower .. bee is well placed within the shot, and the colors are really beautiful. Very well done.
Hope you're having a nicer spring that we... we're in for yet another rainy weekend ... we SO badly need to see the sun.

Hi, Werner. Happy Birthday . What a great way to spend your day photographing in your favorite place. The composiion with the bee dangling down and the sharpness is excellent. Natural colors and the POV with appropriate DOF also add to the visual impact.

Olá Werner,
That's a great gift from you to comemorate this grate event.
Great shot, crisp, clear, very well composed and joyful.
Cheers and long life,

Beautiful capture, great colors and details.

Werner, "Frohe Geburtstag!" GREAT macro photograph. In this part of the U.S. these are known as bluebells simply because they hang off the vine as a bell and are usually blue. Whatever they are you have posted a great nature photo. Congrats and many happy returns!

JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

lovely capture, nice clarity , beautiful colors

Hello Werner

Amazing composition with fantastic colors !
I enjoy this happy mood.
Perfect focus on the bee and it's makes the bg beautiful.
Excellent work, the pov is also veyr good.
My best wishes for a happy birthday.

HI Werner,
Wish you a very Happy Birthday my friend :)
well this shot is really beautiful specially with the diffused lighting you achieved a beautiful result with good details and nice sharpness,good framing and lovely harmony of nature's colors with pink contrast makes it a lovely one,good details of the bee and nice use of your mono pod as well,a lovely composition to celebrate your Birthday!
Best Wishes

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-05-29 2:31]

Hi Werner,
Beautiful shaped bell flowers with a visitor enjoying a mouth full of nectar.
A very sharp capture adorned with wonderful lighting and accurate details.
Nicely composed and neatly presented.
May I take the opportunity to greet you a Happy Birthday.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-05-29 3:31]


comme un tube rose cette belle fleur, avec l'insecte qui va y entrer et se délecter, quelle maco, tout est net, la fleur l'insectem ce vert et ce rose, splendide.

bravo et amitié


Hello Werner,

First I would like to congratulate your birthday and I wish you all the best.
This is a very good macro shot with beautiful composition.
Excellent focus, light and colors.

Warm greetings,

Happy belated-B-Day to you, Werner.
I love the soft colors of this photo.
Very good POV. The solid-green-BG is wonderful. The sharpness of the Bee is excelent.
Have a nice long weekend.

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2010-05-29 10:33]

Hola Werner
Magnifico macro de esta abeja recolectando polen en estas hermosas flores de color violeta , fantastica nitidez , colorido y luz muy naturales , una gran composicion muy bien realizada , felicidades
buen fin de semana
un saludo

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-05-29 12:08]

Hello Werner!

Flower's beautiful macro and bee,
they look on green background beautifully.
Splendid composition in details,
colours, sharpness and light.
Perfect introduction, I congratulate realization!

With best wishes.

Happy B Day Werner [ late ] and wishing you many more year to come
That is beautiful Foxglove [ the name means fairy glove ], capture is well
TFS the wonder with us.

hahahappy beeday!!

Cool shot with pleasant bokeh and nice violet hues in flowers.
1/500 sec looks like enough fast for 300mm, yes it is sharp, no motion blur at all.

Galder Jon

Heppy Birthday Werner,

Very beautiful macro shot you have.

I have done a workshop for you to enhance the colours. Hope you like it.

best regards,

Hello Werner,

I missed this!
What a pity that I also missed your birthday.
Happy, belated good wishes!

A superb shot of the bee and the foxglove upon which it is feeding. You have a good, sharp exposure which reveals the details clearly. The bee is very well positioned in the frame for a fine composition.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

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