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Bright Bee
Bright Bee

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Challenge: Negative Image (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Dallas, Oregon
Date: Apr 20, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Macro, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Apr 21, 2006

Its Spring and the Bees are awakening. This challenge provided not only incentive to engage in some macro photography but also to find a good shot as a negative.I captured this shot with a Canon 10D and a Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

Place: 113 out of 438
Avg (all users): 5.5446
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.4560
Avg (non-participants): 5.6883
Views since voting: 738
Views during voting: 257
Votes: 202
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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05/08/2006 02:42:49 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

You have captured a terrific negative image here, as well as a great macro. You depth of field is perfect for this capture and I can tell that the focus is very crisp. I think that this could have been a top 20 finisher if you had composed or cropped it a bit differently. Centering the bee in the frame really gives the eye nowhere else to go. The negative yellows give a great blue hue, but the viewer really overlooks that by going straight to the brighter bee. While nature makes its own decisions, waiting for the bee to face the lens would have improved this even more. I know that this might not have even been a possibility, as these guys never follow a script for me either. Changing the composition would have also altered those distracting bright spots on either side of the frame. Shifting your shooting position from to the right a little would have gotten rid of the one on the left, gotten the bee out of the center, and possibly provided a very nice balance between your darks and lights. Great lighting and detail capture, right down to his hairy back and the antennae. Overall, I think you have a terrific idea that just wasn't executed to its potential. A nice capture that I would rate in the 5-6 range. The photo met the challenge very well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/30/2006 06:53:02 PM
scary!!-- 8
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04/29/2006 04:26:35 PM
very rich in color
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04/29/2006 03:25:54 PM
nice one
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04/29/2006 11:32:48 AM
Nice macro shot, just not really fond of the composition, with the bee in the middle like that.
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04/26/2006 04:38:22 PM
looking for blue blood ?
04/26/2006 05:58:50 AM
not my favoutite fellows, hope you have a good zzzzzzzoom - marvelous colours, good compostition, should do well
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