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happy to take criticism - - is this one better than the other one........ I quite like this one... let me know your feelings... about it -- Yes I know I have a lot to learn............

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55-200mm f/4-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Nov 2012 - 7:43 PM
Focal Length:116mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Bee entering Cactus flower
Username:lettiephotography lettiephotography
Uploaded:23 Feb 2013 - 11:51 PM
Tags:Bees, Flowers & plants, Flowers and plants, Nature
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 12:12 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good capture of bee on flower.
The stamens at the centre are very sharp although the bee maybe not quite as sharp.
The composition works but I feel would be improved by a camera angle more to one side. A tighter portrait crop would exclude some of the back ground which tends to distract the eye.
White flowers are very difficult to expose for especially in bright sun shine. Where the petals are in direct sunshine detail is starting to be lost. The best light for most flower photography is bright but diffused, either in the natural shade or using a white diffuser.
Yes I agree this is better than your last. This has more appeal. You could have framed tighter making the centre and bee the main point of interest.
If your outside and shooting one of a number of flowers try and chose one where the background is a long way away. The more out of focus the background the less distracting, read up on aperture and depth of field.
The more your shoot the better results you will get, look at other flower photo,
Regards
Ian

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41216 forum posts United Kingdom200 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 1:14 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The star shape makes a natural frame, but you could crop a little tighter. You could also rotate the flower a little anticlockwise to improve the composition by placing the bee closer to an intersection of thirds.

The main problem is that you have used a decent aperture, but the focus is deep in the flower, so the depth of field extends behind it but only part way in front. That's why the background is well defined and the bee isn't. You needed to focus on the front of the flower which would have kept the bee and petals sharp and allowed the background to blur more (the depth of field extends roughly 1/3 in front of, and 2/3 behind, the plane of sharp focus).

As above, bright light is hard for shooting white (or any colour really) flowers, as you get high contrast and deep shadows. Diffused lighting or even light cloud is much better, though you can hold a diffuser over the top of what you're shooting, and/or hold a reflector in front to bounce light into the shadows.

If you are deliberately shooting flowers, you could even use a neutral coloured card behind them to get rid of ugly background intrusions.

Nick

Last Modified By Sooty_1 at 24 Feb 2013 - 1:16 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom860 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2013 - 8:23 AM

You have done well here. A wide range of light intensity well handled and tat Bee is flying, so excellent timing or really good luck! A slightly smaller aperture would have helped with some extra depth of field, but you are not far off. Might crop a bit off the top.

Paul

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