Digger Bee (Two Photographs)
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I believe this is a male digger bee of which there are many varieties globally. This photo offered an opportunity to try a black and white conversion where I could play around a bit more with the contrast. When taking shots like this I am usually within 20-25 inches from the bee. Cropping reduced the photo by 20-30 percent, allowing me to compose a bit tighter and bring the focus to the subject. It is the first bee I have seen that was dull in color, almost monochrome. Its eyes caught my attention and I was pleased to get them in focus. While I am not partial to side views this is an exception that allowed me to get a better perspective on the insect (see most of its appendages) and the flower.