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Can't Stop I'm a Busy Bee!

By briantjjones
I wanted to capture the the contrasting colours of the bee's yellow back and the cornflowers blues and magentas. I would apprciate any comments and suggested mods. Thanks for taking the time to view and comment. Back to the garden Smile

Regards, Brian J

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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debu 8 India
7 Jul 2013 11:44AM
Lovely colourful detailed image.

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 Jul 2013 11:56AM
For my mind, it's been cropped to tightly and thus fills the frame a little too much......It's also lost some of it original sharpness and is a little pixelated because of this IMHO. Like to see the bigger image if possible.....

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 7:53AM
I like tight cropping generally and seems OK here, but that's subjective. I think, this close, I would have gone down a stop or two to increase depth a touch. The petals over his face are a pity. It would be nice to see the full head.

8 Jul 2013 10:51AM

Thanks for your constructive comments much appreciated. Will keep on trying to get that shot I'm looking for whiule the weather is good and there is a fair bit of insect activity in the garden.

Cheers, Brian.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 5:41PM
I've been looking at your other insect shots in your portfolio, Brian, and you are doing well, so keep practicing. As you say, there are plenty about at the moment, so take advantage of that.
I like the fact that you shot the bee from the side, which enables the viewer to see a lot of detail of its body, and which would normally give a good view of the head, but the cornflower is obscuring much of that, which is a shame. A flower which is less fussy often works better.
A flower with a large “trumpet” like rhododendrons, daffodils or tulips, where the nectar is at the end of a funnel, will tend to give you pictures of the back-end of the bee! Flatter flowers, small buds and blossom, which the bee is unable to climb into, will provide a better angle to get side-on or even head-on shots of your subject.
Your idea of capturing the colours is fine, but decide on your subject, is it the bee or is it the flower? If it's the bee, then the flower has to take second place and needs to less intrusive.
Most bees are constantly moving around, and so it's important that you chose a fast shutter speed. But watch their behaviour for a while and you will see that they do stay fairly still at times. Their movement makes them easy to spot but not so easy to photograph. You will already know that insect photography involves a lot of frustration, a good deal of luck, and patience is also needed.
8 Jul 2013 8:24PM

Thank you so much for the critique it's really appreciated. I was trying out some Kenko tubes I have with my 50mm F1.8 Canon lens. The problem using them as you are aware is they reduce the amount of light and therefore the f stops available so you have to sacrifice either noise or shutter speed. I did spend a fair amount of time watching the bees movements and decided it's probably best to select a couple of flowers and focus on those with the camera on a tripod and as you rightly suggest be patient Smile

Next session I'll revert back to the 100mm Macro lens and concentrate with that for a while at least I should be able to get faster shutter speeds.

Once again thanks so much for the advice from both yourself and the others from the Critique team. I think it's already had a positive affect on my photography in general.

Kind Regards, Brian J

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