Ann Corbett

Bombus  Lapidaries – the red tailed bumble bee

How I took it

One of the great pleasures during “lockdown” has  watching garden wildlife come out of their winter habitat. The good weather has seen an explosion of flowers with abundant pollen to be foraged and scattered in the breeze. Today I saw a flash of scarlet and one of the biggest bees that I have seen. I managed to grab this shot before she bumbled off again. Not all my shots on auto work but this lady was not going to hang around so I was pleased with the detail of her wings and the pollen she was carrying. The camera that lives in my handbag is a Canon Power Shot G7X is therefore always at the ready.


Simon Allen

Great capture – and well done for having a camera ready to go! There is plenty of detail in the wings, eye and leg hairs, and the dusting of pollen adds a nice touch. My only minor quibble is that I find it a little tightly cropped, especially at the head end

Guy Davies

I’m amazed that this bee stayed still long enough for you to get a good shot.  Whenever I try anything like this I get to the point of framing up and focussing and then the insect flies off just as I press the shutter button!  This bee is nicely in focus but the web presentation shows little detail in the dark parts.  I took it into Photoshop and the detail comes out a bit better.  I then tried the Shadows/Highlights adjustment in PS and this brings out lots of detail.

David Dennett

A nice picture. I find Bee’s bumble or otherwise totally uncooperative when it comes to having their photograph taken. May be this one was not keen due to her bald patch on top. I have never been very successful with them, and when I have taken a half good one I tend using my macro lens on a tripod. Pre focus on one flower and wait, quite often for a long time for one to land on it. In this case I find  this one a little soft around the tail below the closest wing and just behind the eye. 

Sue Snape

We have been discussing in our Zoom meetings how difficult it is to capture insects so I am very impressed with the detail and sharpness here.  I love his/her red tail!  I think I would try and lose the sharpness of the green seed head at the top, which keeps taking my attention away from the bee.  Perhaps a light vignette would also help.

Phil Kitching

The detail in this image is excellent with the lighting just right. The depth of field is good with just a slight softness of the tail and top of the head. Sharp where it matters. The background could benefit from some reduction of brightness as there are some distracting elements such as the seed head in the top of the frame. I thought this image was well taken of a subject that is not easy to photograph.