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I live in Spain on the Costa Blanca, so the weather is nearly always very good . I took this photo in my garden.I was trying to get a shot of a wasp going into the flower but I noticed that they don't, they just land on the leaves. I don't think this is particularly good but I rather liked the colours and it was hand held. Apart from cropping I haven't done anything else to it.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Aug 2009 - 12:09 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Wasp on Hibiscus
Username:Ashfield Ashfield
Uploaded:12 Mar 2012 - 9:13 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature, Wildlife/nature
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Jestertheclown
12 Mar 2012 - 9:34 PM

Don't put yourself down, it's not that bad!

It's a bit soft overall and the point of focus would seem to be closer to his tail than his head.
You say that you haven't done anything except crop it. I'd suggest that you try sharpening it a little and crop a chunk from the top.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've done all of that.
I've also quickly cloned a couple of bits in the background (could be a lot better with more time) and desaturated it using the red channel only.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 12 Mar 2012 - 9:35 PM

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Leilani
Leilani  929 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2012 - 10:24 PM

I like it...not the bug, but it's nice and vibrant. Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 8:13 AM

This is actually quite good. Colours and composition very nice. OK, it needs to be a bit sharper - you have a tiny bit of general blur which is almost certainly camera movement and a touch of over exposure showing on the highlights. Using the kit lens, this is quite an achievement - not meant for close up.

Ideally, a macro lens - very expensive, and a tripod or i often use a monopod. Monopods are quite cheap and can give you several stops extra sharpness by supporting the camera on the ground.

The wasp is standing strangely? Only front legs grasping, the rest just hanging.

Paul

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AndyD999
AndyD999  243 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 9:14 AM

I think this is a really good picture and you are been way to hard on yourself. I have uploaded a MOD as to how i would have composed it but great job!

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2012 - 6:33 PM

Hi Tony,

Is this the first one in your pf since 09 or were you just waiting for for of these horrible things Wink , sorry I'm a bit biased as I'm allergic to wasp etc stings. Wink

Tony you have some good advice from above and I agree with Frank about the crop, as stated, it's not a hard and fast rule but if things are looking left or right a lot of the time it works better if they have some image to look into. Like Frank I have added some to the left but I have cooled down the background and added more vibrance to the wasp.

Take care

Martin

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