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Miner Bee | by Craig.Taylor
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Miner Bee

Yep it’s another bee. I don’t have a specific interest in bees, well I have a specific interest in all insects and nature, but bees seem to be the first things to show up in spring. That probably makes bees harder than most other insects. It’s weird how you only really notice things when you start looking for them. Before I was interested in macro and photography, I never really noticed what insects appeared first.


This bee is a miner bee, collected from near it’s nest nearby to where I live. It kind of freaked me out a little bit when I saw the bees crawling into holes in the floor – I didn’t realise there were any bees that could do that kind of thing. As a size comparison, this bee is less than a ¼ the size of the previously posted bumble bee. My El-Nikkor 50mm f2.8 turned up in the post and this is the first stack I have made with it. It’s definitely better than the 50mm prime lens I was using before. Significantly less CA, and what’s more important for me …. Any out of focus bits of dust that glow white under the strobing don’t produce any big smudgy areas.


I got a little bit giddy with the stacking resolution, stacked from 90 images when realistically half that amount would have covered everything nice and sharp. It can’t hurt to have too much though, it’s definitely better than not enough.


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Taken on April 12, 2011