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By vikki9876
Took this picture at a national trust house and happened to capture two bees/ wasps (sorry not sure what they are lol) on this lovely flower.

ISO-100 speed 1/250 and f/4.5
I didn't use a tripod as i didn't have one to hand.
i have cropped and brighten the photo and added a border.

thank you for all your comments on my last photo they are much appreciated and very helpful.
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Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
19 Aug 2012 2:49PM
Its a nice shot overall Vikki, and a bonus to get more than one Bee. These are Honey Bees, you wont see Wasps on flowers collecting pollen. Wasps dont have the slightly hair covered bodies, and are longer and very aggressive. A Honey Bee will rarely sting.

The image can be improved IMO in a few small ways. For me, the red colours are very over saturated, - perhaps you did this in post processing, or you might have your camera set to a mode, such as Vivid that enhances colours, - too much in this case. Over saturated colours, while looking very exciting, actually cause the parts of the image in which they occur, to lose detail. This is because the colours "spill over" their pixel boundaries and merge with adjacent pixels, causing the loss of detail. Its slight, but when you know what to look for, it becomes very obvious.

The composition, - its better if its cropped less wide, so that the sharpest Bee, - bottom right, and the next sharpest are aligned on thirds in the frame (Rule of Thirds, - a guide that can be ignored, but understand it first, try it, and if it doesnt improve your shot, dont use it). I think is improves this image.

Exposure is quite good, but looks better slightly brighter.

The frame. Frames should not draw attention away from the subject image. if you look at frames and mattes in a shop, you will most likely see a large area thats white, or a light pastel colour, and then the plastic or wooden frame.
Try to make your frame in this style. Dont use a heavy black frame next to the image, - a small 2 or 3 pixel black looks better, and never use the dominant colour from the image in the matte area.

Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean, - cropped, reduced the red and yellow saturation, and framed as described. You could see this on your wall!

Hope this helps, and a very good shot,



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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
19 Aug 2012 6:25PM
Two for the price of one, and two more in the background Smile Carol
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 3:48PM
cant fault Willie,s comments

the composition is a little too heavy on the left (simple crop.) the colour is a little saturated but its very nice. the sharpness is fine and you got two for the price of one.

all in all a very pleasing image in complementary tones, -- but i dont like the border. detracts from the shot and dosnt improve anything, nice and simple and its strong enough to stand on its own.

well seen and done

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