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Bees are tricky things, never look at the camera when you want them to. Anyway this is the best of the bunch, taken using my kit lens on AE which was set at f8 and a single focal point.
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I sharpened it slightly and enhanced the yellow of its body.
I think you have done well here, and have also placed the bee nicely within the frame. As you say, they tend to bury their heads, and it would have been nice to see it, as well as a bit more of the wings, but there are lots about at the moment so you have ample opportunities.
I'm not sure I can really improve upon what you've already achieved here.
As Pamelajean has said, compositionally, it's about as god as it could be and there's nothing wrong with the colours.
All I've done in my mod. is to run it through Noiseware set to "Portrait" which removes the noise and reduces sharpness by 2% so I've probably undone what you weer trying to achieve in the first place!
I also tinkered in CS5 with levels and shadows/highlights but to be honest, it made no difference and certainly didn't improve anything.
You've done wel.
Thankyou for your comments. I feel that I might be doing something right sometimes as you couldn't improve it much Bren. I will keep practising though. Thankyou all again
The problem with Bumble bees is getting a good position. this is too much body and virtually no head or face. For this insect, you need the front end as your main subject - often the case with others, but not always.
You need to get in position, then wait as it forages for a better 'pose'. Not easy.
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