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Yet another Blue Banded Bee shot

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Took this tonight, using a piece of colourful cardboard as a backdrop. Pretty happy with the results, pretty much straight out of camera - loaded into DPP, +3 sharpness, that's it. Exported to JPEG and uploaded to Flickr. No NR, contrast, hue/sat etc. No diffusion on flash either (built in flash on 60D).

 

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Dave

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During the day they are too busy flying around, and they fly much quicker than an ordinary Bee. If you have Blue or Blue coloured flowers in your gardens, then you'll most likely have Blue Banded Bees (they are attracted to the colour). Try very carefully searching in the garden on dusk where there are thin vines/plant stems/branches - no more than a metre high from the ground. You'll usually find a bunch of them too - the males are communal at night, even though these are classified as solitary Bees.

 

As always, be careful when moving around in the garden - you don't want to hurt them. Remember the Golden rule of nature photography - the safety of the animals comes first

 

Dave

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During the day they are too busy flying around, and they fly much quicker than an ordinary Bee. If you have Blue or Blue coloured flowers in your gardens, then you'll most likely have Blue Banded Bees (they are attracted to the colour). Try very carefully searching in the garden on dusk where there are thin vines/plant stems/branches - no more than a metre high from the ground. You'll usually find a bunch of them too - the males are communal at night, even though these are classified as solitary Bees.

 

As always, be careful when moving around in the garden - you don't want to hurt them. Remember the Golden rule of nature photography - the safety of the animals comes first

 

Dave

thanks mate, will keep eye put for them :)

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