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Collecting the pollen

By rsjkinson  
Bumble Bee working away in the garden this afternoon.
Trying to get a good close up of the Bee collecting the pollen.

Tags: Nature Wildlife and nature

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 785 England
6 Aug 2019 10:25PM
It's nice and close in and focus looks fine, but there's an overall gritty look to the image and I suspect oversharpening. Was this the complete frame or has it been cropped down? Sharpening a cropped image can cause this appearance.
If you'vereached the minimum focusing distance of yopur macro lens there's no harm in adding an extension tube and/or a close-up lens to help give you greater magnification but you'll need to be extra careful with focusing and avoidng camera movement.

The background is smooth though having that transition from dark to light right behind the bee doesn't make for comfortable viewing. Not easy when the insect is on the move.

The bee is very central, and I'd crop off the top sixth of the image so the bee is higher in the frame, giving it more prominence.
I like th einclusion of the other tiny creatures.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 9:47AM
Basically exactly what Keith says. It's not a bad effort though and for some reason the bumble bee is quite difficult to show well. I rarely use ambient for macro shots unless forced. So difficult to get small aperture for depth of field and a fast enough shutter speed without high ISO, which then reduces resolution.

I'm planning to shoot macro I use a macro flash or a powerful shoe gun with diffuser on an auto extension cord.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
7 Aug 2019 10:39AM
Definitely chalenging subject matter.

Paul's close-up kit, prior to his move to Fuji kit, is in THIS picture - I feel a little frontal lighting might have made the bee stand out better. The exposure range is challenging, even in soft light, with all those dark tones.

It's definitely not my area of expertise, but something that transfers well from studio work is the desirability of a more-or-less plain background, with tonality that sets off the subject without competing with it. A tuch of on-camera light might aid that, in any case. (Or, at least, light that is close to hte subject, so that it lifts the bee and flower without altering the background.)
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
7 Aug 2019 5:22PM
THIS is the link that I failed to put in my previous comment.

Sincere apologies all round.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
7 Aug 2019 7:12PM
I agree with the above, and have added a mod with the following alterations:

Clarity set to -25 (this softens the edginess from over sharpening)

Expose for the Bee increased by approx +1/3

Contrast lowered significantly

Saturation of yellow and red set at -10

Impossible to extract shadow detail as the original is too dark and contrast too high.

IF you have an unedited versio0n of this it would be great if you uploaded it here on this page as a modification!

One thing to note: most of us are viewing this image on colour calibrated graphics monitors, and using Firefox, so what we see may differ depending on how you are viewing this image.



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