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Challenge: In the Garden (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A70
Location: Dean Row Chapel, Willmslow, England
Date: Jul 25, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: Auto
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2003

This was one of about two dozen bee shots I took one afternoon when it had been raining. The bee was very, very docile and hardly moved throughout my friend and I taking macro shots.

I had a very hard decision with sharpening, as it made the background very slightly noisy. In the end I thought the clarity of the foreground image was important enough.

I would really have preferred it to adhere to the rule of thirds more, but the wing position made this more difficult, as I wanted to keep the bee fairly large in the photo. I would also have liked to rotate the image more, but this photo is 1:1 out of my 3.2MP camera, so when rotating it made the bee look much smaller.

I'm fairly pleased with the image, but as always, I could spend a lifetime post-processing it! I hope it doesn't fall down too much because of composition.

Place: 21 out of 350
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02/28/2004 01:56:37 AM
Wonderful... your macros are breathtaking. :)
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08/05/2003 07:28:44 PM
Great detail on the bee and like the translucence of the wings.
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08/05/2003 06:03:16 PM
nice macros, good composition and color, focus is very good, nice job
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08/05/2003 10:07:07 AM
Crisp and clear.
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08/03/2003 06:04:12 PM
Good details and not bad DOF. Just a shame we can't see its head.
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08/02/2003 06:56:42 AM
i think maybe the bee is a bit too centred in the frame, but it;s a nice macro anyway, 8
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08/01/2003 03:50:37 PM
Great dof and charpness. Great shot.
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08/01/2003 03:21:22 AM
Focus is needed. a tad blurry.5
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07/31/2003 08:04:41 AM
Excellent detail and saturation - 10.
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07/31/2003 07:09:07 AM
Nice pic. This is a drone fly, it is not a bee. Focus/sharpness is fine, but composition seems a little off. On a technical note, species identification in alot of flies is done by looking at the veins on the wing, so use shade or a polarising filter to remove the glare.
Edited to add the word not before 'a bee'

Message edited by author 2003-08-06 05:50:55.
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07/30/2003 08:16:18 PM
Nice detail in the wings
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07/30/2003 05:17:13 PM
Fantastic! Great focus.
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