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" Be My Honey "

By Stmarkus
Just happened upon 2 bees while I was walking down the street, ran home to get my camera and was lucky enough to capture this in time before they finished. Wanted to get as close as possible, without disturbing.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
18 Sep 2013 12:07AM
Ive heard of the Birds and the Bees, - but to be(e) honest, I never knew this happened. Always thought this was a Queen in a hive transaction.

Its a good shot overall. Acceptable sharpness, detail and depth.

Im will download this for a closer look, and have a read over the L820 capabilities, and may come back with more.

But good as I see it now.


banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
18 Sep 2013 12:23AM
Ive uploaded a minor mod. The exposure if very good overall. Theres a very tiny area of blown highlight on lower bees camera right side which Ive toned down, but its quite insignificant.

The Bees are quite sharp overall, except for their heads/faces, for some reason, and Ive sharpened these selectively in the mod. Looks a little better.

Difficult to know why this is the case, Your settings looks good. The speed is right on, the 35mm equivalent focal length for this camera would be the actual times six, so that looks after your shutter speed.

Aperture gives good depth, and the ISO shows very little noise, - some seen only in the background.

The MODE you used isnt showing up. i.e P, A, S, M etc, so it would be good to know this for critique feedback.

Good to see the exif, - perhaps you entered it manually, - its not attached to the image when viewed in Photoshop.

What, if any, post processing software do you use? It may strip away the exif data.

Good shot.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2013 8:12AM
These are Bumble Bees, probably one of the solitary varieties that don't use the Queen route. Well done in general, especially with a compact. Ideally the focal point could be a little further forward, the hairs to the rear are sharper than the faces, and a touch with the dodge tool to lift the females face a bit. She might be smiling?

Stmarkus 7 1 Puerto Rico
20 Sep 2013 6:55PM
Thanks very much. As far as the software, I used iPhoto , which is not nearly as good as Photoshop.
I do have an old version of Photoshop given to me several years ago, but as I am only now becoming somewhat serious in my pursuit of learning photography, I am only starting to learn how to use it.

Thanks again,


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