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Challenge: Pattern (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8-4.0D
Location: Home
Date: Dec 25, 2005
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1.6
Galleries: Humorous, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2005

Opened in Raw, adjusted light and sharpness.
Post processing in Photoshop:
Channel Mixer.

For the setup I used a small piece of steel honeycomb, used for gas turbine applications and a real bee, which I caught on my backyard. To make a bee to sit still while I was shooting I put it into refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes. Bees or any other insects donít die from that, they just fall a sleep until temperature outside become warm again.

Thank you all for the comments and votes.

Place: 7 out of 240
Avg (all users): 6.4326
Avg (commenters): 8.2308
Avg (participants): 6.4322
Avg (non-participants): 6.4328
Views since voting: 2464
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 319
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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01/13/2006 09:34:06 PM
Hiya Valeriy,

I really like this one, I see the voters did also. All it needed was some fine tuning to get it into ribbon range. I will let ya in on a good tip, use an edge enhance filter on it, I used it on the in PSP an man did it really pop sharp!
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01/06/2006 09:39:40 PM
::: Critique Club :::

Hi, I am Kari and am fairly new to the critique club. It is awesome that my first critique is an image in the top 10 .. fantastic and congratulations.

First Impression - the most important one:

Wow, what a shot. The comments that you have received during the challenge are really good, and I think quite helpful, if you were to redo the picture again.

I can't see a hell of a lot wrong with this, it has caputured peoples imagination and that is great. If you wanted to improve the picture you might try messing around with thirds. The bee is nicely on the vertical thirds see what happens if you can it on horizontal thirds as well, giving slightly more black above the bee - this may work, but perhaps not if you lose to much honeycomb.

The subject is awesome and really does meet the challenge, and has made people really look at it to try and work out what you have done. Nice to know how to put bees to sleep if I ever wish to risk being stung.

Technical (Colour and light):

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I have done what was suggested by the voters and just added a bit of sharpening, this shows that it doesn't work against the honeycomb, and does enhance the bee, without detracting from the pattern.

To grow its vote?:
You needed .003 to get to 5th, I think that the sharpness may have been your only hinderance, not one person criticised the use of the bee, or the composition.

I think it is an awesome shot. I like what you have done I like the photographers comments that you made, which help in critiquing. I just hope that my thoughts help you.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.


Message edited by author 2006-01-07 04:23:09.
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01/04/2006 02:43:44 AM
Wow, great shot! Congratulations, Valera!
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01/04/2006 01:34:13 AM
Simply wonderful. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2006 08:02:04 PM
This is amazing. Bumping it up to 10. I love the light, focus, composition, everything. Only problem is how jealous I am, because I wish I'd taken it.
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01/02/2006 08:24:27 AM
awesome !
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01/01/2006 01:31:31 PM
Clever idea. I like this composition a lot, and the focus is good as well. My only suggestion would be a little more sharpening to make the hairs on the bee a little sharper.
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01/01/2006 12:37:22 PM
like the setup but i think it needs more light on the bee
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01/01/2006 11:45:31 AM
Tough shot and lighting. I would have liked to have a little more clarity of the bee. 8
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12/31/2005 04:55:03 PM
I love it. I wonder what is it. Bumping up to 9.
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12/31/2005 10:56:03 AM
good capture--tells a story
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12/31/2005 12:40:59 AM
Great idea and execution, and wondering about the details. Extra points for the live-looking bee and composition.
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12/30/2005 05:33:13 AM
This is a great image, and yes it does look like the patterns of the bees honeycomb home they dwell in. Super image...................
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12/29/2005 01:38:24 PM
Good idea, sharp comb. The bee should be sharper...9
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12/29/2005 01:03:36 PM
Great shot with a perfect title!
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12/29/2005 06:15:33 AM
How did you do it? Is it real bee-hive? 7.
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12/28/2005 11:43:15 PM
Very cool image! I hope this one does well! Only "slight" criticism is that I would have liked it to be a little crisper. Although definitely no points lost for that. Nicely done! Great entry for this challenge.
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12/28/2005 12:53:43 PM

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12/28/2005 11:42:30 AM
Witty! This ought to make it into the winner's circle.
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