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Challenge: Shallow DOF IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Home
Date: Sep 9, 2008
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 8, 2008

Some flowers must "taste" better than others, as this appeared to be one of the most popular ones in my neighbor's garden. Despite the title, two don't necessarily play nicely together on the same blossom.

Wish the background were more interesting, but perhaps that adds to "isolation" of the subject(s). Had much nicer bokeh on other photos, but the interaction between the two bees in this capture caused me to choose it.


PP: curves, clarity, shadows/highlights, selective color, crop, noise reduction and usm (as nearly as I can remember).


POST CHALLENGE
Thanks to all for the ribbon and wonderful comments, although I'd sure like to know what possessed someone to vote 1 or 2. What could I have done differently for you to have at least bumped me up to a friendly 3? ;-P

As I recall, it was quite windy that day and everything was moving around quite a bit, including the flower which was on the end of a long stalk. Lucky to snap this one.

Had a difficult time deciding between this and many others, including:
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Thanks for looking.


Statistics
Place: 3 out of 324
Avg (all users): 6.9529
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 7.0723
Avg (non-participants): 6.8611
Views since voting: 6934
Views during voting: 349
Votes: 191
Comments: 32
Favorites: 8 (view)


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06/07/2010 11:24:27 AM
how lovely is this shot!!!??? Well done!
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09/21/2008 11:55:57 AM
Beautiful. And I think you just helped me make up my mind what my next camera is going to be.
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09/21/2008 10:47:02 AM
Congrats, this is a wonderful image.

Rmac,
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09/19/2008 01:16:05 PM
Originally posted by Citadel:

I have to ask: With a 50 mm macro, How friggin close were you??? :)


Couple of feet I'd say. This was a pretty tight crop of what I started with. But for some of the other photos I took, I was right in there with them, and it was a little disconcerting having them buzzing all about me.

Ah, the stupid things we do for DPC!
09/19/2008 01:10:08 PM
I have to ask: With a 50 mm macro, How friggin close were you??? :)
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09/19/2008 03:35:22 AM
great
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09/17/2008 07:17:38 PM
Congrats on your ribbon! I think you chose correctly.
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09/17/2008 07:14:01 PM
Congratulations on the yellow and PB for this beautiful macro shot! Love the colors too!
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09/17/2008 01:08:58 PM
Thought this deserved a ribbon. I was right. :~) Congrats
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09/17/2008 08:46:24 AM
don't worry about the 1's and 2's ... you did great, well deserved ribbon
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09/17/2008 08:26:25 AM
Thanks to all for the ribbon and wonderful comments, although I'd sure like to know what possessed someone to vote 1 or 2. What could I have done differently for you to have at least bumped me up to a friendly 3? ;-P

As I recall, it was quite windy that day and everything was moving around quite a bit, including the flower which was on the end of a long stalk. Lucky to snap this one.

Had a difficult time deciding between this and many others, including:
722425.jpg 722426.jpg 722428.jpg

Thanks for looking.

Message edited by author 2008-09-17 08:38:39.
09/17/2008 05:42:14 AM
congratulations on a great shot and your ribbon
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09/17/2008 03:56:27 AM
Excellent shot, and at iso 100 too :):)
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09/17/2008 03:18:39 AM
Congratulations!!! Magnificent shot!!!
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09/17/2008 12:49:35 AM
You certainly did choose the right one, Stan. Congratulations on your ribbon and new PB with this beauty.
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09/17/2008 12:13:24 AM
very gald to see you got a ribbon, it must have been several shots to get both bees, very nice shot

Message edited by author 2008-09-17 00:15:29.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/15/2008 06:13:51 PM
Cool motion! Nice framing, too. Great pic.
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09/15/2008 01:07:47 PM
wow great shott!!!
good colors too.

9 out of 10.
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09/12/2008 08:48:03 AM
Wow! Great job!
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09/11/2008 09:39:24 PM
great job of capturing these guys mid flight - i love how the legs on the one are all asunder
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09/11/2008 02:47:09 PM
great shot, one of two 10's from me in this challenge
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09/11/2008 01:44:26 PM
How did you do that?!!! Great shot -- such clarity. And I like the composition and light. I also like the way the bee on the flower has his legs out, warning off the other bee.
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09/11/2008 01:29:52 PM
The DOF here is indeed VERY shallow, but 90% of the subject falls within that shallow plane. Well done and I expect this to be in the top 20.
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09/11/2008 09:05:39 AM
Great capture! Very cool to see the arms (legs) held backwards like that. I didn't know they could bend that way.
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09/11/2008 08:32:03 AM
Very nice shot. Only thing I think that would make it better would be to crop away some of the green on the left filling more of the picture with you subject. 8
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09/11/2008 03:38:48 AM
That is a wonderful capture.
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09/10/2008 01:19:27 PM
brilliant shot.. if a little creepy lol
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09/10/2008 12:47:57 PM
HEY thats mine
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09/10/2008 09:25:41 AM
nice capture. 7
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09/10/2008 06:56:54 AM
What an awesome catch! First 10 I've given in a long time, well deserved though! Hope to see it on the front page!
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09/10/2008 12:29:55 AM
Bonus points for sharp focus on a moving subject!!! And I love the colors. The beautiful silky-smooth green contrasts well with the yellow on the bee and the red in the flower.

I'll be voting up those images that illustrate DOF, and voting higher those which have a sharp focus, and higher still those which have both a foreground and background element to illustrate DOF.
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09/10/2008 12:21:38 AM
That's incredibly done. Looks like something in a nature magazine. Fantastic.
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