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Taken of a bee entering a flower, focusing on bee to get sharp detail.

Camera:fuji f60d
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Now whats in here?
Username:abesad abesad
Uploaded:27 May 2009 - 9:11 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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peripeteia
27 May 2009 - 12:40 PM

Digging Deep Is He?
Good Shot

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2009 - 1:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello, Susan. I see that this is a bit of a departure from your usual choice of photography, looking at your portfolio. I appreciate that one of the few times a bee stays still is when it is right inside a flower like this, so is easier to get in focus, and although it portrays the common behaviour of the insect, it makes a far more interesting picture if you can manage to capture the bee's head. It would be useful to have your camera settings, but it looks as if you got some of the flower stamens nicely in focus, as well as the bee's bottom, lol. As your focus is on the bee, you don't need the background behind the flower, and a crop would eliminate that. The flower is quite bright and also fussy, and could do with a reduction in saturation so that it doesn't take attention away from your subject. In my modification, I cropped all sides to position the bee off centre and with no background showing, which meant a bit of cloning in some parts, and I also cloned out the leaf/stalk top right as it is a distraction. I brightened the image, deepened the shadows, increased highlights, reduced saturation, sharpened focus, added a bit of contrast, sharpened and framed. If you had got in a bit closer, without getting stung, you could have eliminated the background in-camera.
Pamela.

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abesad
abesad  5 Scotland
27 May 2009 - 2:50 PM

Thanks pamela, looks great, will try that on my original photo.Also where do you get the frame?
susan

Last Modified By abesad at 27 May 2009 - 3:01 PM

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2009 - 8:58 PM

It's just "add borders", Susan. The first one thin black, the second one thick pink, the third one thin darker pink. The pinks were picked from the colours of the flower with the colour picker.
Pamela.

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