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Honey Bee at Work!

By MiqsPix
Originally thought it was a wasp but I was soon corrected. The flowers were covered with these honey bees and I was wary of getting too close. Unfortunately I haven't got a dedicated macro lens although my Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 gets close. I increased clarity and vibrance slightly then cropped and sharpened in Adobe Lightroom.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
16 Aug 2012 4:31PM
Its a nice shot, the bee and flower nicely sharp. I think the crop could be improved to place the bee on a third, with the flower centre in the middle as in the mod. The crop has removed the logo, so that would need to be re done.

You can get some more detail in the wings using the highlight tool in CS, or using levels and a layer mask. For me, the colour is over-saturated, and the mod has the colour toned down a little.



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MiqsPix 7 41 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 5:04PM
Thanks for the comments. I had a look at the mod and agree that the revised crop arguably improves the composition. However as far as the colour is concerned I prefer the original as in my view it shows the full beauty of the flower. I didn't increase the vibrance by much and saturation was untouched as I remember. The wings were the only edits in CS being improved with a little dodging and burning, as I only wanted parts of the wings strengthened to keep the semi transparent aspect of them.

Thanks again,
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 5:24PM
However still very much a rather extremely beautiful macro photograph which certainly picks out the stunning detail and warming colours in the industrious and hardworking Honey Bee, and the rather magnificent floral display so very well.

Regards Nathan
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
17 Aug 2012 3:26PM
Roger, - Canon tends to over saturate reds in general. Over saturation is a negative in a shot, as it causes the colour to spill over adjacent pixels and cause loss of detail. You dont have had to increase saturation to get an over saturated colour, light and exposure and camera setting can do that, as can vibrancy is used aggressively. Avoid over saturation for better photographs. The original does not show the full beauty of the flower on my screen, it shows an oversaturated flower whose detail has been lost.

You can see, and measure oversaturation if you are familiar with Curves adjustment, - let me know if you are and I can describe the process. This removes all subjectivity from the discussion, as monitors vary greatly in how they display colours.



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