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I visited Slimbridge today,which is not far from my home. Absolutely gorgeous autumn day and this flower which I believe to be a Lily was still attracting the insects.
Patience paid off to capture this bee hovering over the stamen.
Originally shot in Raw and then converted using CS2

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Tamron set at 300mm F11 1/500 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Flower and bee
Username:mikewatson mikewatson
Uploaded:26 Sep 2008 - 7:38 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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RRRhea
RRRhea  6 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2008 - 7:46 PM

Beatiful capture

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Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2008 - 12:35 AM

Great potential here, but you seem to have done some processing around the bee which has lft an obvious halo around it. You need to be v=careful when making changes based on selections that they are kept subtle ane edges merge imperceptibly. On a compositional note, I think a landscape or even square aspect would have fitted the scene better - the tight cropping of the flower on the left is a bit jarring

Hope that'ssome use
Stephen

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2008 - 5:11 PM

Hello, Mike. A beautiful lily and a very obliging bee, a good combination here. Apart from the flower being a little close to the left edge, I like your composition. The problem, as I see it, is the burn-out on the top of the white lily. Having shot this in RAW, it should have been possible to bring back the detail. Naturally, it is best not to overexpose in the first place, and sunshine combined with a white subject always needs care.
I've uploaded a modification, Mike, where I added some canvas to the left side so that there was space between the frame edge and the flower. I cloned in some foliage at the bottom. I then selected the lily's white areas only, removed the blue cast and toned the white down, giving it a little hue. Then just a touch of contrast and a sharpen. Hope you think it's ok.
Pamela.

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illiboy
illiboy  5
27 Sep 2008 - 9:46 PM

good picture

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mikewatson
6 Oct 2008 - 8:19 PM

Thank you all for the constructive comments.

I like the modification also.

Mike

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