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Busy Bees
3rd PlaceBusy Bees

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Challenge: The Letter B (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A70
Location: Zoo
Date: Jun 29, 2003
Aperture: 3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2003

This shot comes from a very interesting display at a local Zoo. No, I didn't get stung, the bees were behind glass!

Place: 3 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.9118
Avg (commenters): 8.1481
Avg (participants): 6.8000
Avg (non-participants): 7.1707
Views since voting: 3801
Votes: 136
Comments: 36
Favorites: 4 (view)

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07/11/2003 11:21:16 AM
Anna, thanks for the critique (my first in a while!). I did consider cropping out the upper left corner. I tried and tried - rotated, etc. but I was losing a lot of sharpness and detail that I didn't think I could compensate for in NeatImage. Here is one of my other attempts.

I think I'll give it another try during my next visit to the Zoo.
Thanks again for the helpful critique!
07/09/2003 06:42:12 PM
*Critique Club*

Wow this actually fits two very recent challenges both the B Challenge and the Speed Challenge.

It is such a cool photo it really does show so much it has a great deal of detail in it. Your focus is fabulous. Your bees moving around blurred and then the honeycomb being in such wonderful focus.

A very good finish my question is did you try cropping it differently so you would cut out the left top corner? Although I know it is bees moving it seems to distract from the rest of the photo.

Nicely done and congrats on the 3rd place

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07/08/2003 12:46:00 AM
Thanks to all that took the time to comment on this submission. I can hardly believe that I have earned a second ribbon in as many weeks. It may be luck, but I'd like to think that it has to do with what I am learning from many of my fellow DPC addicts. Perhaps I will be lucky enough to complete the set and win a red ribbon one day! Thanks again!
07/07/2003 12:42:51 PM
Congrats on the yellow ribbon!
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07/07/2003 12:40:43 AM
Absolutely excellent. I didn't get a chance to comment while voting, I don't think, but this was one of my few 10's. Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/07/2003 12:26:28 AM
You must have been busy as a bee to get this shot! Congrats on your ribbon!
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07/07/2003 12:09:55 AM
congratulations, jerrft...great shot!!
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07/07/2003 12:04:23 AM
Fabulous shot.. congrats on 3rd.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2003 08:17:48 PM
Wonderful colors. What really gets me though is the feeling of movement in the picture, on top of that one bee remains sharp - you really captured the essence of what it must feel like to bee in a hive :) One of my favorites this week -10
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07/06/2003 07:12:39 PM
I would never have gotten this close to the bees for this picture. You're a better man than I... :)
07/06/2003 05:42:48 PM
VERY busy bees! Super shot! Colors and tones are magnificent! 10
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07/06/2003 10:25:24 AM
Nice. I like the sense of activity - the way many of the beese are blurred with motion - but also the still focus on a couple near the center who are not moving at this moment. This is a very effective picture, and somewhat unnerving - I'm not sure I want to be as close to the bees as you've brought us. :) Good one!
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07/06/2003 09:38:14 AM
This is a wonderful shot, the superb yellow lighting adds a lot of feeling to the scene. A winner in my book. 10
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07/06/2003 09:35:53 AM
Excellent focus, framing...one of my favorites!
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07/06/2003 04:21:57 AM
Excellent shot but maybe a faster shutter speed would have sharpened up some of the bees. 8
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07/03/2003 11:12:08 PM
WHOA! This is an amazing shot! Good luck, hope you ribbon. 10
07/03/2003 04:10:02 PM
Bees doing a dance? This is a great shot. Those honey makers may be out to get a hold of this shot!
07/03/2003 03:57:59 PM
You have captured the Bees well. I like the way they glisten, 8
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07/03/2003 10:58:27 AM
You're very brave to be getting that close. I'm getting the "creeps" just looking at this.
07/03/2003 01:38:26 AM
Just started voting but I think it is one of the top 10
07/01/2003 07:38:57 PM
Don't think I would have wanted to be that close.
07/01/2003 11:46:51 AM
Best of the "Bee Shots" by far! 8
07/01/2003 08:41:37 AM
Really like the way that all attention is focussed on the middle bee - and great result for capturing this challenge. Appears there's just a little blur from the middle bee's movement as it doesn't some quite as clear as the honeycomb, but its a great shot nonetheless
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07/01/2003 06:25:00 AM
Top capture! The motion blur is very effective - 9.
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07/01/2003 03:03:20 AM
Amazing, I can almost hear the buzzing
06/30/2003 08:09:19 PM
This is sooo cool! Great picture! good luck ;) perfect 10 if I could vote
06/30/2003 08:03:01 PM
hope you didnt get stung! Great image
06/30/2003 03:36:30 PM
Really love this. [9]
06/30/2003 02:42:36 PM
Awesome shot. I like the motion implied by the "outside" bees and the sharp focus on the inside ones.
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06/30/2003 12:59:34 PM
Focus is super, light is super, composition is spooky!!!!! lol Nice shot.
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06/30/2003 10:47:16 AM
I love this, the one bee in the middle is in focus and the other bees look very busy. HOW did you manage to get so close????
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06/30/2003 04:03:40 AM
Nice shot. Shame you couldn't use a slightly faster shutter speed, or did you want to convey motion?
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06/30/2003 03:47:17 AM
lose the border. great bee shot
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06/30/2003 03:32:23 AM
Nice image - I think it would work well for the speed challenge too.
06/30/2003 01:14:33 AM
looks like speed and b challenges got combined a 5
06/30/2003 01:06:39 AM
Great motion here. I particularly liked that you kept (or captured) one of the bees without too much motion. Excellent.
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