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Blooms and bees

Discussion in 'Nature' started by davect01, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Very nice colors & that second bee shot is perfect.
     
  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    At the last shot you'd probably be better off with a smaller aperture. This way you could slightly front-focus and get the flower the bee is flying to just about as sharp as the bee itself - this would really help the composition. And the bokeh seems a bit harsh - which lens did you use?

    Please don't take it offensive - I personally think constructive critic is better than just "Oh wow. Nice pictures." Otherwise nice shots, nice timing and nice colors!
     
  4. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

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    Feb 8, 2012
    Indialantic, Fl
    John
    "great detail and colors...." ;-)
     
  5. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    That last shot is my pick of the bunch. The more I look at it, the flower in front of the bee isn't actually in front of it, otherwise it would've been in focus. I'm amazed (impressed) that the bee is actually focused quite well with very little motion blur on the wings... that is an incredibly hard shot to pull off as bees hover 3 dimensionally and seldom stay in one spot for too long. I would say the flowers "in-line" with the bee's flight path are actually those two below it. It's probable that the bee either took off from those, or is about to land on them.

    There's nothing wrong with the lens bokeh looking at the out of focus flowers on the upper right hand of the frame. It's soft enough and pleasing. The perceived harshness is most likely being caused by the very rough texture of the branch itself. No other lens is going to get rid of that and stopping down to a smaller aperture to envelope the flower in front of the bee within the focus field, will only make that branch bokeh worse.

    Davect01, I would consider approaching a Honey or Propolis products company with that last photo. That photo has commercial value. Most bees are shot on-flower and very seldom in-flight (usually in controlled studio boxes with strobes). One possible way of improving the composition is to further blur the flower in front of the bee in post processing. There is no practical way of revisiting that shot to improve it from post or even pre analysis. A split second moment like that cannot be planned to perfection.
     
  6. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

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    Feb 8, 2012
    Indialantic, Fl
    John
    that truly is a striking shot!
     
  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Thanks guys. With the bee shots you only have a few seconds to take the picture.

    And the darn things just don't take stage direction well. I kept telling her to hover a bit more to the right, but she did not listen. :rolleyes:
     
  8. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    shots are very nice, congratulations you did a great job mate, the bees are insects s very naughty
     
  9. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    @Dioptrick: I'm pretty sure the flower in front of the bee is actually in FRONT of it. And I'm also pretty sure the bee is flying to this flower. But hey, here's room for imagination. ;) As for the bokeh, I know this kind of background makes every bokeh seems to be harsh, but it's a little bit more harsh than it could be.

    But yeah, it IS a great photo, and I know bees aren't the easiest thing to get into focus, so it's just about as good as it could be. My critic was on a very high level - just about for the difference of "very good" to "perfect".
     
  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Thanks, I took about 20 images, with only about four that were descent.

    I hope to get better as time goes on.
     
  11. Jin Han

    Jin Han TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 19, 2012
    Malaysia
    lovely shots dave. u could opt to use cpl filters to get even better results
     
  12. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    You really got the long zoom shots mastered mate, great images.
     
  13. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    a few more

    A few more plants blooming

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  14. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    The image of the bottle brush (image 3) is very striking and vivid that it really pops out, it's almost like 3D.
     
  15. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Ya they really stick out and are very vivid.
     
  16. lapdog99

    lapdog99 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    Colorado
    Best Springtime shot I have see. What lens and settings? We have to wait a bit here in Colorado for bees and blooms.
     
  17. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    a few more

    And still some more

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  18. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Love the background colours and the pentagon bokeh patterns on the first pic! They remind me sequins and brown sugar crystals... really pleasant for me, I can look at it all day. :)

    Interesting red flowers (last two pics)... do you know the name?
     
  19. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    no idea

    Thanks. No idea what the tree is.
     
  20. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Not sure with most of them, but with the last one I think it's a Willow tree, we call em' Bottle Brush here in oz.