Honey bee portrait

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    Honey bee (Apis melifera) portrait.
    View it full size here www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/5454333517/sizes/o/

    Scale : head width = 4 mm

    Technical settings :
    - Focus stack of 18 images
    - Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8D at f/5.6 on bellow

    juan-barahona, sk_husky, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. juan-barahona 39 months ago | reply

      Amazing work ! very well done !

    2. sk_husky 39 months ago | reply

      This is a phenomenal portrait! Is it 1:1 magnification, or did you use some device to magnify beyond 1:1?

    3. Macroloupe 39 months ago | reply

      Beau travail !

    4. kliton77 39 months ago | reply

      great work and stack amazing detail congrats

    5. Franck Hollander 39 months ago | reply

      Génial Gilles! Belle perspective, on dirait qu'elle se pose une question :-)
      Que deviendrait notre monde sans nos braves abeilles, hein? ;-)

    6. timz501 39 months ago | reply

      Superb work!

    7. Joaquim F. P. 39 months ago | reply

      Very sharp image! the 60mm is in normal position or reverse mounted?
      greetings

    8. Keran McKenzie 39 months ago | reply

      This is an incredible image .. but I have to ask .. HOW
      How do you do this? I understand the focus stacking etc .. but practicality wise. How do you get so close to the bee, take 18+ images, each one with a different focal length and NOT have him fly away? Do you "smoke" him to make him lazy or is this a dead bee or ?

      Very Very COOL shot dude!!

    9. Gilles San Martin 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks to all of you...
      : The magnification is approximately 3:1 here on my APS-C sensor. The bellow allows you to increase the magnification.
      : The 60 mm is in normal position here. With this focal length, reversing the lens does almost not change the magnification. However in his classical book about macro photo, Lefkowitz says that all lens should be reversed when used at higher magnification than 1:1. So I should try one of these days...
      : The bee is dead here (the bee research center for which I did this picture and others, provided hundreds of bees dead due to starvation but very well conserved). However it is possible to do this kind of work on living animals (maybe not with the honey bee) for instance by shooting early in the morning or in the winter. I highly recommend you the wonderful galleries of Kliton and John Hallmen who have lots of such pictures.

    10. Keran McKenzie 39 months ago | reply

      Thank you for taking the time to respond ... I'm off to check out their galleries .. this is amazing!!

    11. Kadu Schiavo 39 months ago | reply

      great shot! amazing focus! wonderfull image

    12. blumenbiene 38 months ago | reply

      Very nice picture. I like it. :-)

    13. Golden Ape Admin 38 months ago | reply


      And please be fair and comment
      on 4 other excellent photos. :)

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