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Hangin' in there

By cooky
No time to grab my camera but had just finished a call so used my mobile.
This was the last bumble of the day and hung on by a leg!

Tags: Bumblebee Wildlife and nature

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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1664 England
30 Jun 2020 9:25PM
Hi there -

I don't remember seeing you in the Critique Gallery before, so welcome!

The more you can tell us, the more we can help you - so is there something about this that worries you - or, indeed, makes you particularly happy? Did you achieve what you wanted to?

I'm impressed that you've got a decent result at 1/120 second: an element of luck, I reckon. Well done!

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chase Plus
14 1.6k 381 England
30 Jun 2020 9:32PM
Hi Cooky and welcome back to ePz, it's been a while.
You have ticked the box for critique on this image hopefully on purpose.

As John has mentioned we do need more information from you in order that we can direct our critique where it is needed the most.

As this stands, I would crop from the bottom as I have done in my modification, you can click on the blue modifications box under your image to see it.
I also cloned away the part of a flower peeping in from the left side of the image.
That's all I did apart from adding a frame to compensate for the crop.

Do let us know a little more, the more we know, the better we can help and offer constructive critique.
cooky 16 6 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2020 11:48PM
Hello and thanks both. Quite a while since I visited Ephoto. A member from years ago and certainly no mobile phone could have captured an image then!
More than happy with your critique and mission accomplished in posting a photo, albeit from a Samsung 8!
Not had enough time to enjoy a hobby I love - hence use of my mobile for a chance shot!
Take care
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 675 England
1 Jul 2020 12:15PM
Welcome back.
Not bad for a quick grab shot though the lower half of the frame doesn't add much information or interest so is best cropped out as in Janet's mod.
This looks very narrow in aspect ratio so I woner if this has been cropped a bit already. If not, fair enough though in the Critique gallery it does help to have the original file (you can upload i as a mod yourself) so it' helpful to see where you started from and gies u more options to suggest alternative crops.
Ideally, given the attitude of the bee, I'd like to see the bee towars the bottom right of the frame.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2140 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 4:38PM
Hello, Cooky, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.

For a grab shot, this is very good. I don't suppose you had time to think about its composition, but you have probably (judging by the format) cropped it prior to uploading it here. This is one area where a bit more information from you would help because you could tell us why you cropped in this way.

As has been mentioned, there is "dead" space at the bottom, and that out-of-focus stem going out of the frame is a distraction, but even cropping that away, the composition has the bee unsatisfactorily placed in your frame, and also facing out of the frame. Take a look at some of the bee pictures on this site (there are several) and you might pick up a few compositional ideas. Go to the Photo Gallery and use the filter to get bees or other insects. I am not advocating following any rigid guidelines because that removes creativity, but once you have a grasp of such guidelines, you can successfully learn to break them if necessary, and with success.

The inclusion of some of the flower that the bee has chosen is good, and that yellow is echoing the yellow on the bee's body very nicely. I also like the inclusion of the flower bud below your subject.

If you want to go more deeply into insect photography, you have made a good start. HERE is a short but concise EPZ article about Insect Photography. It can be frustrating but a lot of fun too.


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