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Coming in to land

By TrevBatWCC    
Still at Sandsend, across the other side of the beck in front of Low Row Cottages, I came across some poppies at the side of the path. A few bees were attracted to them, and begging to be photographed so, waving the camera towards them, grabbed a few shots. Now, the 70-300 lens is quite good at locking onto the focus and following a moving subject, but trying to get locked onto a subject this size in the first place was another thing! However, after shooting a couple of dozen, and binning half of them, I did manage one or two reasonable ones. Perhaps I should be focussing manually, and pre-focus on a spot where I hope the bee will fly into? Anyway, thought Id inflict one of my best efforts on you Wink

Techie stuff see Exif
Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, Tone Mapped in Photomatix Pro and tweaked in Elements 6.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.
Trev Smile

Tags: Poppies Bee Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Sandsend Wildlife and nature

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 10:11AM
What an unusual colour ..
I think the fun of taking the photo manually is what its all about for me ... needless to say it doesnt work out most times

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
21 Jul 2011 10:16AM
Super timing, Trev, and what a beautiful poppy, too, very well captured. Carol
Ayoob 6 Australia
21 Jul 2011 10:24AM
Great capture,very well taken.Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Jul 2011 10:28AM
Thanks, Barbara. I don't know why, but the colours seem paler and a bit insipid on here compared to the image I uploaded Sad
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
21 Jul 2011 10:37AM
Hi Trev
Excellent capture nice and sharp, I had a problem with colours uploading to this site all were muted compared to what was on my screen. Then I had a tip to use the upload for the web function, it converts to sRGB, no problem since.


TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Jul 2011 10:41AM
....think it's because my Colour Settings were on 'Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens', rather than 'No Color Management' when I processed it! Sad Changing the setting makes them look the same Smile Silly me! Wink
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 11:17AM
An excellent capture Trev, well done! Love the little bee and the detail on the poppy is so good!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 11:26AM
Like the colours captured here on the poppy Trev,
and that bee's not doing too badly either, gathering for the honeySmile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
21 Jul 2011 11:30AM
I love the colour of that poppy. Don't see many of them. And well done for "capturing" a bee. I've tried many times and given up. Makes you appreciate how good these wildlife photographers are.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1871 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 11:34AM
Just popping in for a quick bite. Love the crumpled tissue look of the petals, they're the main interest for me.
JackieB 7 18 3 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 12:37PM
Great effort here Trev, very well done

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Jul 2011 12:58PM
You have succeeded in your attempt to capture the bee approaching the poppy, with very good definition of both, and also capturing that papery petal texture so well. very well done, Trev.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
21 Jul 2011 1:41PM
Well captured Trev. Great detail .............Sandy
21 Jul 2011 3:54PM
Great shot!
21 Jul 2011 4:10PM
Excellent well timed nice colours to
saltireblue Plus
7 7.6k 33 Norway
21 Jul 2011 4:33PM

I think the fun of taking the photo manually is what its all about for me ... needless to say it doesnt work out most times

LOL! Been there, done that (still doing it) and got not just the t-shirt, but a wardrobe full of themGrin

A well timed shot, have more patience that I would have..I'd end up glueing a dead one to the flowerSmile

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
21 Jul 2011 4:37PM
Beautiful garden capture Trev - love the texture of that poppy and the lovely colour Smile Nice timing on the bee, the movement of the wings works a treat.
sable 9 9 7 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 6:09PM
Well if I had taken this I would not be disappointed - great textures on the poppy in the foreground it almost looks like paper - Elizabethxx
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 6:20PM
Lovely summery image, Trev. That is either a very small bee or a very large poppy and I'm guessing it's the latter as we have some like this in the garden and they ended up the size of small dinner plates Smile

Sue Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 9:46PM
detail on the poppy is great and the bee although in flight is quite sharp
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2011 8:24AM
Nice colours and detail in those poppies, well captured image with good timing.
22 Jul 2011 12:31PM
I love the colours and the detail. Great capture.
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2011 9:22PM
To get the bee in flight is very difficult and you have managed it well Trev . For me all my bird photographs I have uploaded recently are taken with manual exposure and also I have set the ISO up to around 800 .Try to focus on the bee rather than here where the shaarpest part of the image is on the centre of the poppy . With the 300 lens end you need a minimum shuter speed of 300 th. of a second I would think . Colour does look a little off on this one .I will be off the site for a while now useing my caravan at Whitby for the school holidays ....Phil p.s. just realised you have done some of my advice when I looked at the EXIF detail recorded.
excellent macro image,well taken trev.ray
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
25 Jul 2011 6:48PM
A nice shot and yes difficult to catch them as they are always on the move, I find it easier to auto focus whilst holding the focus ring then make a few fine adjustments this overrides further autofocus adjustments.

Well done Trev


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