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This shot is my personal favourite from a shoot at Anglesey Abbey back in July this year - I like the textures and the way the sun is shining on part of the image and the rest is in shade.

There has been no ps work to this shot it is as it came off camera

Version two is a colourful one that I also loved from this shoot the bee is absolutely loaded with pollen and dust.

This is part of an experiment to see if the opinion of an epz member is correct Smile

Camera:Pentax Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sunshine & Bee Experiment
Username:DebbieBMP DebbieBMP
Uploaded:17 Dec 2008 - 9:02 AM
Tags:Architecture, Close-up / macro, Fence, Shade, Specialist / abstract, Sunshine, Texture
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photophantom
17 Dec 2008 - 9:46 AM

Superb macro shot in v2. Well managed shot of v1. Excellent work Debbie, very skillful.
Dennis

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 - 9:54 AM

I~ like the light and shade in v1, v2 is a very good macro
john

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014812 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 9:57 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

V1 is a good illustration of the use of patterns - repeating shapes in effect - to make a photo work. diagonal lines aslo seem to look strong in shots - just the way our brain works, so that adds to it.

If you've got Photoshop/painshop, have a go with "curves" to increase the contrast a little - make an "S" shaped curve with the tool and that will make thedark bits go blacker and the light a bit brighter, adding to the impact of the patern. Also, try a mono version - with patterns, the colour is often unimportant and can detract from the effect.

V2's more of a EPZ freindly shot I guess - great colours and a fluffy bee Smile

A couple of things - you've cropped in an awful lot to get it looking big in the frame, this has lost definition on the shot, it's gone a bit pixellated - soft edges etc. So either try and get a bit closer with the initial shot (scary with stinging insects!) or don't crop in quite so much.

Also, the bee's backside (if they have one) is right on the edge of the frame and the "eye" of the flower's not quite fully in the frame.

with a wider crop you could get the centre of the flower off to the lower left of the shot, and fullly in, and also get the bee a bit more in ths shot, say in the top right corner, and it'll be sharper.

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DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 10:09 AM

Thanks Ade that is a truly helpful C&C I will try some mods and upload them - Debs Smile

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014812 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 10:39 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

With the lattice one, I think it does look better in mono. The white parts have proably gone a bit too bright here, once they turn white they loose detail, so I'd maybe try one using curves again and don't lift the top part at all, but just lower the dark part - see how that affects it

with the bee shot, you can't really do the crop I suggested, but now we're not so zoomed in, the image quality is better. When you're taking a similar shot in future, try and get the subject (bee here) away from both the middle and the edge of the shot - some call it the rule of 1/3s, but the main thing is to have it "around" the middle, not "in" the middle Smile

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Dimitre_P
Dimitre_P  5 Bulgaria
17 Dec 2008 - 10:45 AM

debbie, you are so interesting...v1 is great..the bees are really brilliant..Is this Bombus Terrestris??
Dimitre

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
17 Dec 2008 - 11:43 AM

Great captures Debbie.
My favs are ofcourse V2 and V5..also got the Hover fly in flight aswell.
Robert

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 11:52 AM

These are really nice Debbie, like the versions you have done here.
John

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 1:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

HI,
V5 the right hand side of this is very nice, sharp, good colours ok on composition, i can see why you wanted to place the hovering insect on the left, but to my mind it detracts from the predominant features of the right side and would be better cropped off leaving a square format, this would make a super shot.
V2 a tight crop on V5 Im guessing, and a good call, nice framing and strong shot, but the cropping is at the cost of a bit of quality, like shooting at the long end of a wide range zoom something has to give. still like it though.
The variety of shots of the trellis, some better than others, maybe too much contrast on the one, however it makes a good pattern abstract which is quite interesting, taking this further, when i do anything like this, i try to introduce another element, say a pair of eyes on the third in the diagonal, anything to break the rythem of the pattern.
all the best,
Phil.

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Adrian_Reynolds
17 Dec 2008 - 1:07 PM

Fine work Debs, especially like no 5, a complete scene of the insects and flower, works for me, the lattice conversion works well giving a stronger abstract image, well done on all, and thank you for such a kind comment, Adrian

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DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 1:08 PM

Thanks Phil your comments are much appreciated - Debs

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DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 1:20 PM


Quote: Fine work Debs, especially like no 5, a complete scene of the insects and flower, works for me, the lattice conversion works well giving a stronger abstract image, well done on all, and thank you for such a kind comment, Adrian

Thanks Adrian your comments are always valued - debs

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mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 1:20 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the simplicity of the lattice work in No1,straight from the camera.I feel no PS work is required to make it a more effective image.I do prefer images straight from the ''box''.Good one.
Mick.

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
17 Dec 2008 - 2:32 PM

Great captures, v1 for me.
Christine

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 2:50 PM

What a fantastic set of images, such great work.
Bob

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
17 Dec 2008 - 4:07 PM

No3 and 5 for me Debbie, love the tones in the lattice and the comp with the bees

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 - 4:33 PM


Quote: What a fantastic set of images, such great work.
Bob

I concur with Bob--Lovely images
Regards
Pete

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 4:57 PM

superb

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 5:25 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

V1 is about light, lines and textures - that's the essentials that I fall back onto when I want to enjoy myself. I like what you've done in the Versions, I think I favour V4 over V3 because it has a little more depth, substance. It's good to push an idea sometimes, experiment with it. V1 and its versions seems personal, committed, quirky, that's what I look for on the site.
V2 is attractive - but I'm not sure if it's more epz-friendly, I personally feel that I know more people here who would go for V1 for its abstract quality. V5 is a one-off though, I like the flight path on the left.
I've seen the thread, but haven't joined in. I'm interested in other people's taste but I don't try to predict it!
Moira

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maratsuikka
17 Dec 2008 - 6:45 PM

well done D,i been busy at work...

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 9:01 PM

Nice set of images Debbie,well captured.......................

Tony.

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2008 - 10:35 PM

Good set of pictures.

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dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
18 Dec 2008 - 2:00 AM

wonderful series

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
18 Dec 2008 - 8:39 AM

Great series, love No 5, obviously a very tasty flower

Nicky

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