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Honey seeker by KasiaD

Honey seeker


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3.10.2006 at 21:40h
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Nikon D70, Sigma 50 mm macro. f5/6, -0.67. 1/640s.
Cropped, corrected tonal values, slightly sharpened, frame.

Original jpg compressed for web:


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Edna Clouds, 3.10.2006 at 21:43h

hmm, Honey maker, surely.. ? :)

Georg IR World, 3.10.2006 at 21:49h

lg georg

Kathryn Dixon, 3.10.2006 at 21:52h

@Edna, I got the process wrong, oops;-)
I'll need to change the title.

@others, suggestions for improvement or maybe I shouldn't have processed the original?

Ruud van der Lubben, 3.10.2006 at 22:11h

I can't really suggest any improvements, it looks good as it is, only i wonder about your remark,

"original jpg compressed for web" ??

MWPhoto, 3.10.2006 at 22:24h

I like this one with the bee out of the center.
Whatever processing you did looks great to me!

Geoff in Germany, 3.10.2006 at 22:32h

like your ps work
i know you never have time when taking these ( at least i don´t ) but if you do then try to get the lines maybe straiter
apart from that i like this dof is good and so are the coulers
cheers geoff

Martin Unger, 3.10.2006 at 22:39h

It looks good to me, nice colors and good crop. Though I'm not sure about the focus here: While there is good sharpness on the back of the bee also the lower left corner is sharp and bright, this I feel a bit distracting. Maybe it would be an option to blur this part... Maybe a little bit more contrast and slightly less saturation, too.
Another point is the frame (yes, that's a never ending story with at least as many different opinions about as we have photographers here... :)) Even if your frame is not very big I feel the colors slightly distracting. In my experience a simple white frame can be just enough... But off course, that's just my opinion... :)

Kathryn Dixon, 4.10.2006 at 3:38h

Thanks everyone for the critique!
@Ruud, I'm glad you like it.
I meant: original photo without cropping, etc. but reduced to 150Kb for fc.
@Mark, good to know the less centred bee comes over better.
@Geoff, I have to admit I had plenty of time here.
But I'm not sure which lines you mean should be straighter as the flower is made up of concentric circles?
@Martin, I have another with more blur - I'll try and upload that later. I actually liked it less. But I'd be interested to get your feedback.
Perhaps here the crop is too tight and therefore distracting?
I don't think I adjusted the saturation as such - looks same as original. But I could play around with this and contrast a bit more.
Frames: Yes, neverending story... ;-) I like experimenting with them.

Véronique Soulier, 4.10.2006 at 9:03h

Trying insects too. read with interest everything written above greetings VS

Frank Cecconi, 4.10.2006 at 14:50h

Focus is lacking but composition is brilliant!

Eddie Maguire, 4.10.2006 at 20:19h

fantastic clarity..

Robert Riley, 5.10.2006 at 0:41h

It is a great shot, full of colour and the bee is superb. I dont like the Copyright logo..... Joke!. What I mean is the C, Just to the Northeast on the petals, I would remove it, It is the first thing I see!

Yasser Metwally, 5.10.2006 at 5:37h


Tom McDade, 5.10.2006 at 13:26h

Excellent shot and well presented. If you get the opportunity again maybe get a little lower and get some legs in.

Patrick Parenteau, 5.10.2006 at 16:45h

Excellent image and all the points have been covered except you should try and shoot in .tiff or .raw if possible. Experimenting with shutter speeds could be interesting (motion blur on the wings but not the body). Cheers, Patrick

Kathryn Dixon, 5.10.2006 at 18:05h

@Frank, where would you place the focus - I meant it to be on the bee?
@Robert, I see what you mean - I actually expected someone to complain about the hair/dust on the middle petal...
@Tom, do you mean my legs? The bee's legs were under her and I couldn't get that low;-)
@Pat, I have a couple of others I may upload when I'm back from my current travels.

Thanks again everyone for tips, critique and compliments.

Luc Grollie, 5.10.2006 at 18:38h

don't have anything to add, except I was expecting a spider instead of a bee......

Sofie Peterson, 5.10.2006 at 19:09h

Excellent composition!

Tony AKa fototaker, 6.10.2006 at 0:06h

beautYful details as usual

Tom McDade, 6.10.2006 at 10:03h

if your legs are good enough to photograph then go for it....I meant the B's legs. I know its tough but insect shots do look a little more sureal if they have their pictur taken from different angles i.e. head on, from low angles etc. Not taking anything from your pic as it is one that will always command a good stare.

Kathryn Dixon, 6.10.2006 at 15:56h

@Tom, thanks, I realise what you mean. So maybe next time I'll get them in - not my legs though!

Jacky Kobelt, 6.10.2006 at 21:32h

just splendid
splendid sharpness
splendid colours
splendid arrangement



Manuel Gloger, 7.10.2006 at 0:14h

I really like your bee macro. The sharpness, the colors and the composition. Everything looks great.

Jaime Crystal Maksoud, 7.10.2006 at 1:36h

i actually love the crop, and colours, great sharpness of the bee.

Pascal Viyer, 7.10.2006 at 18:15h

L'abeille dans son écrin de tournesol, aussi têtue qu'un chercheur d'or : PARFAIT , Kathryn !!! C'est une réussite en matière de macro.
Merci aussi,

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