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Bee Happy

By cathsnap
Lots of flowers out at the moment in the woods, this little bee was hard at work this morning. Wondering about the composition, whether to make the bee much bigger and if so where to crop.

Tags: Flowers and plants Woodland flower

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
4 Jun 2018 12:07AM
The Bee is too small really to make a close crop work. Its also a partial Bee, and the smaller the crop, the worse the image quality. A macro lens would be the best bet to get a close insect shot that fills the frame.

The image as it is, a nice flower shot with the bee works ok. Try a square crop with a little more exposure, as in the mod?


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2018 10:07AM
A decent flower image, but a touch brighter would not hurt and clone that bright highlight, extreme left. A cluster of Rhododendron flowers.

4 Jun 2018 11:57AM
Thank you very much for all comments, and the great mod, looks much better square. You have inspired me to get a macro lens, which was something I had wanted to do for a long time - life happened and I forgot about it, but now you have reminded me!
dudler Plus
18 1.6k 1870 England
4 Jun 2018 3:36PM
A macro lens is very good for closeups, though AF tends to be sluggish... And it's a great general purpose optic, even if it is likely to be a telephoto, to some extent, even if you buy a 50mm. But, for closeups, it's really good to be using a longer lens, so that your shadow is not perpetually getting in the way of yoru pictures.

And that will make bee pictures easier. On the other hand, this is a very respectable shot of the blooms!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2228 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2018 8:06PM
It's good to see you back in the Critique Gallery, Catherine.

You have a fine image of the rhododendron with a visitor buried inside one of the cluster's flowers. That's what it is. Zooming in and cropping closer would not be beneficial, and you will lose quality.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 779 England
5 Jun 2018 10:08PM
A square crop works well for a single bloom, especially one that's flamboyant like the rhododendron.

it's a plae flower that's large in the frme so will have caused a lttle underexposure. Try something like +2/3 exposure compensation at the time of capture. It can be corrected later as Willie's mod shows, but it's better to get it right, or nearly right, at the toime of capture - it's less work later and less adjustment means image quality is less affected.

It's a fair record of the flower, though I'd try to use f/11 for greater depth of field here, that's helpful for flowers like this where there's a lot of front to back detail.

I struggled to see the bee at first, so wait for the bee to emerge fully before capturing the image if you want to make reference to the insect in the title.

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