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Sunshine & Bee Experiment

By DebbieBMP  
This shot is my personal favourite from a shoot at Anglesey Abbey back in July this year - I like the textures and the way the sun is shining on part of the image and the rest is in shade.

There has been no ps work to this shot it is as it came off camera

Version two is a colourful one that I also loved from this shoot the bee is absolutely loaded with pollen and dust.

This is part of an experiment to see if the opinion of an epz member is correct Smile

Tags: Sunshine Texture Fence Architecture Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Shade

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photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
17 Dec 2008 9:46AM
Superb macro shot in v2. Well managed shot of v1. Excellent work Debbie, very skillful.

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casson 12 3 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 9:54AM
I~ like the light and shade in v1, v2 is a very good macro
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
17 Dec 2008 9:57AM
V1 is a good illustration of the use of patterns - repeating shapes in effect - to make a photo work. diagonal lines aslo seem to look strong in shots - just the way our brain works, so that adds to it.

If you've got Photoshop/painshop, have a go with "curves" to increase the contrast a little - make an "S" shaped curve with the tool and that will make thedark bits go blacker and the light a bit brighter, adding to the impact of the patern. Also, try a mono version - with patterns, the colour is often unimportant and can detract from the effect.

V2's more of a EPZ freindly shot I guess - great colours and a fluffy bee Smile

A couple of things - you've cropped in an awful lot to get it looking big in the frame, this has lost definition on the shot, it's gone a bit pixellated - soft edges etc. So either try and get a bit closer with the initial shot (scary with stinging insects!) or don't crop in quite so much.

Also, the bee's backside (if they have one) is right on the edge of the frame and the "eye" of the flower's not quite fully in the frame.

with a wider crop you could get the centre of the flower off to the lower left of the shot, and fullly in, and also get the bee a bit more in ths shot, say in the top right corner, and it'll be sharper.
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 10:09AM
Thanks Ade that is a truly helpful C&C I will try some mods and upload them - Debs Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
17 Dec 2008 10:39AM
With the lattice one, I think it does look better in mono. The white parts have proably gone a bit too bright here, once they turn white they loose detail, so I'd maybe try one using curves again and don't lift the top part at all, but just lower the dark part - see how that affects it

with the bee shot, you can't really do the crop I suggested, but now we're not so zoomed in, the image quality is better. When you're taking a similar shot in future, try and get the subject (bee here) away from both the middle and the edge of the shot - some call it the rule of 1/3s, but the main thing is to have it "around" the middle, not "in" the middle Smile
17 Dec 2008 10:45AM
debbie, you are so interesting...v1 is great..the bees are really brilliant..Is this Bombus Terrestris??
RTDS 9 Cyprus
17 Dec 2008 11:43AM
Great captures Debbie.
My favs are ofcourse V2 and V5..also got the Hover fly in flight aswell.
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
17 Dec 2008 11:52AM
These are really nice Debbie, like the versions you have done here.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 1:03PM
V5 the right hand side of this is very nice, sharp, good colours ok on composition, i can see why you wanted to place the hovering insect on the left, but to my mind it detracts from the predominant features of the right side and would be better cropped off leaving a square format, this would make a super shot.
V2 a tight crop on V5 Im guessing, and a good call, nice framing and strong shot, but the cropping is at the cost of a bit of quality, like shooting at the long end of a wide range zoom something has to give. still like it though.
The variety of shots of the trellis, some better than others, maybe too much contrast on the one, however it makes a good pattern abstract which is quite interesting, taking this further, when i do anything like this, i try to introduce another element, say a pair of eyes on the third in the diagonal, anything to break the rythem of the pattern.
all the best,
17 Dec 2008 1:07PM
Fine work Debs, especially like no 5, a complete scene of the insects and flower, works for me, the lattice conversion works well giving a stronger abstract image, well done on all, and thank you for such a kind comment, Adrian
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 1:08PM
Thanks Phil your comments are much appreciated - Debs
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 1:20PM

Quote:Fine work Debs, especially like no 5, a complete scene of the insects and flower, works for me, the lattice conversion works well giving a stronger abstract image, well done on all, and thank you for such a kind comment, Adrian

Thanks Adrian your comments are always valued - debs
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
17 Dec 2008 1:20PM
I like the simplicity of the lattice work in No1,straight from the camera.I feel no PS work is required to make it a more effective image.I do prefer images straight from the ''box''.Good one.
17 Dec 2008 2:32PM
Great captures, v1 for me.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
17 Dec 2008 2:50PM
What a fantastic set of images, such great work.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
17 Dec 2008 4:07PM
No3 and 5 for me Debbie, love the tones in the lattice and the comp with the bees
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 4:33PM

Quote:What a fantastic set of images, such great work.

I concur with Bob--Lovely images
17 Dec 2008 4:57PM
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 5:25PM
V1 is about light, lines and textures - that's the essentials that I fall back onto when I want to enjoy myself. I like what you've done in the Versions, I think I favour V4 over V3 because it has a little more depth, substance. It's good to push an idea sometimes, experiment with it. V1 and its versions seems personal, committed, quirky, that's what I look for on the site.
V2 is attractive - but I'm not sure if it's more epz-friendly, I personally feel that I know more people here who would go for V1 for its abstract quality. V5 is a one-off though, I like the flight path on the left.
I've seen the thread, but haven't joined in. I'm interested in other people's taste but I don't try to predict it!
17 Dec 2008 6:45PM
well done D,i been busy at work...
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2008 9:01PM
Nice set of images Debbie,well captured.......................

Hoffy 13 262 16 England
17 Dec 2008 10:35PM
Good set of pictures.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
18 Dec 2008 2:00AM
wonderful series
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
18 Dec 2008 8:39AM
Great series, love No 5, obviously a very tasty flower


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