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By jissatt
Common Hoverfly enjoying the pollen from the plants

Tags: Insects Macro Flower Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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PattiW 12 24 2 United States
20 Feb 2009 3:38PM
Beautifully colorful uplifting upload for a dreary winter day! Love those colors. And the detail in the bee is great!

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2himanshu 10 23 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 4:41PM
great shot, colors are very nice.
20 Feb 2009 5:03PM
Lovely bee. Very sharp where it matters.

I, personally, do not like the out of focus petals at the front. I feel they only distract from the sharpness and impact of the rest of the image. I also find the dark green in the right hand top corner distracting.
Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 5:49PM
I like it and it really catches your attention. Love the saturated yellow colour and the crisp detail of the insect. I agree about the OOF petals being distracting; I would crop out the green too even though you might lose a bit of the red flower. Incidentally I think it is a hoverfly (syrphid) not a bee! They do a pretty convincing job of fooling predators too!!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
20 Feb 2009 5:59PM
This is a hoverfly, and not a bee! However, a beautiful capture, fine detail, well captured. Carol
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
22 Feb 2009 2:28AM
It's mentioned above tat it's sharp where it matters, but the problem i see is that it's sharp in other areas as well. The shot is very busy and while the bee/hoverfly is the obvious main poiint of ficus, lots of other elements kep drawing the eye away, especially the pin-sharp petals on the left.

The most successful macro insect shots work because they isolate the insect using tight cropping and narrow depth of field - look at some of the better macros shots on this site. It's possibe that this was at the limit of your equipment, and a more specialised macro lens might have got you in closer.

To look at it another way, accept the wider aspect of the insect in its environment, then more attention could heve been paid to the exact placement of the bee/hoverfly more on a third intersection, and moving away the very distracting petal from in front of the flower head. Now you may say easy enough for you to say that, and I'm not saying I couldd o any better.... only that that kind of attention to detail is what makes the real difference..look at some of the specialaised insectg shots on this site to see what I mean

Please don't think I'm being harsh, just telling it as I see it. A great shot with potential, but I guess you need the patience of a saint for this kind of photography.have you got it?? Smile.

22 Feb 2009 8:18AM
Hi Jissatt,

Yes, Tooth is being too harsh.

Your depth of field is perfect. All the bits that are in focus, should be in focus - the "bee" and all the important petals. (And I can't see any pin sharp petals to the left).

I may be wrong, but it looks like you took the time to position the red flower and overlapping petals on the right specially for the shot. Myabe even the two yellow petals on the left. I can't say I really like the affect on the final image, but if that's not patience I don't know what is.

As for using the third intersection for the "bee" - rules are a good guide, but breaking them often gives more impact. In any event, the bee is exactly on the third vertically and the red petals visually offset the horizontzal centre of the image.

Finally, this is an environmental shot of an insect (not "just" an insect shot) so you clearly want the viewer to look at the petals as well as the "bee". Cropping right in would remove that environment!

Yes, you have got it!!!


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