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MRKll November 13, 2015
Somehow this photo received top 10% of all images in ViewBug for the 2015. Received an email about it but nothing on my VB page.
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MRKll November 13, 2015
Thank you ViewBug for this nice award or information. I am humbled by all who liked and gave awards for this photo. Thank you so much.
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MRKll April 08, 2018
WOW! I never had a photo with so many likes, thank you all for your kind words and all the likes given. This experience humbles me and has encouraged me to continue a little more with VB. I was contemplating leaving VB and hanging up my camera. All of the beautiful likes and precious awards have reignited the flames deep in my soul. Thank you all so very much..

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Behind The Lens

Location
One sunny day my family & I decided to take a ride to one of Chicagoland's zoos. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. Of course, I grabbed my camera to memorialize the day.
Time
We had been at the zoo for a couple of hours when we decided to head over to the Giraffes, I thought for sure I would get some good photos of those big beautiful eyes. The day was fading approaching 2:00 pm, and the giraffes were going to be our final stop for the day.
Lighting
We were standing in a shaded area for awhile waiting in line to see the giraffes. It was a clear & delightful day. The temperatures were in the mid 70's with a clear bright sky. While waiting in line, I came across some reeds that were illuminated by the sun. I saw this large (747) bee buzzing around in the weeds, I started chasing this bee around with my lens. I took many shots while attempting to photograph it. I am sure, it was comical to watch my head bobbing and weaving around with my body following to and fro, it had to look like a ritual dance that I was performing. Anyways, after dancing around for what seemed like an eternity, I managed to capture a centered and well-focused shot.
Equipment
When I captured this photo with a Nikon D60, currently I am using a Nikon D5500. I know the debate about which camera is better, but for me, it's about comfort that matters and the lens makes or breaks a photo.
Inspiration
I was just out and about taking your typical family zoo photos; when I saw this bee, I got the crazy idea of trying to capture it without a tripod. It was an unforgettable experience. I am confident someone caught my unusual dance and posted it online. From a distance, an onlooker would have wondered if I was daft.
Editing
There was not much to do in post-processing except for a little bit of cropping and played around with depth perception. I was happy with the photo itself and did not want to change it too much.
In my camera bag
I usually keep my Nikon D5500 camera along with a Nikkor 18-55mm Lens, a Nikkor 28-300mm, Nikkor 105mm, and a Nikkor 85mm. I also keep on hand lens shields, three batteries, a flash, Case Air wireless or Pulse remotes, & lens cleaning kit. If my bag were big enough, I would pack my tripod as well.
Feedback
With all nature photos, it is essential to have patience and a lot of it. I got lucky with this shot considering the time of day, bright light, & continual movement of the subject and myself. A few moments of patience prevailed, and I ended up with a unique capture. Thanks to everyone who for all your likes and awards.

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