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Fields of Gold International: Arrival at Gate 10
3rd PlaceFields of Gold International: Arrival at Gate 10
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Mentone Beach, Victoria
Date: Jun 19, 2006
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2006

Shot this at a beachside garden on a cold sunny Melbourne winter day.

I took about 250 shots and settled for this one because of the Bokeh. I was going to call this 'We'll Work in Fields of Gold' in reference to Sting's song, but there was only one bee :-)

Basic editing includes, levels, curves, saturation, colour balance, USM and some noise reduction, border and save for web.

POST CHALLENGE: Thanks to everyone for your votes. I was lying on the pathway near a beach and that blue you see in the background is the sea... the purple is a bit of lavender. This bee came in just in time.

I am really pleased with the end result and the light. There were other shots in this challenge with great Bokeh, so I feel humbled and honoured. Thanks.


Here is an outtake:

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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.9011
Avg (commenters): 9.1905
Avg (participants): 6.9683
Avg (non-participants): 6.8435
Views since voting: 12197
Views during voting: 431
Votes: 273
Comments: 85
Favorites: 38 (view)


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07/26/2009 01:04:48 AM
excellent!
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01/26/2008 11:29:10 PM
just amazing Enzo
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08/07/2007 10:51:36 AM
Your sense of humor found in your titles is only outdone by your spectacular photographs. The clarity and DOF in this photo is just outstanding (can I borrow that lens?...hehe!)
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10/21/2006 02:59:56 AM
stunning! refreshed my memory
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09/05/2006 02:56:55 PM
This is so beautiful - the depth of field is perfect. Makes me want to go out and buy a good macro lens... would probably help if I bought an SLR first though, LOL.
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08/28/2006 12:06:27 PM
Beautiful photo! Colors are wonderful and the subject so sharp. Very nice bokeh.
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08/28/2006 07:33:45 AM
i have been meaning to comment on your photos for quite a while, so here goes.
I find this photo to be so absolutely stunning. I have been admiring your work for a while now :)

Lovely sharp bee, that Nikon rocks :)
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08/28/2006 07:09:20 AM
Make that 10001
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07/26/2006 04:59:56 PM
Great capture! Congratulations
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07/20/2006 01:22:34 PM
A super capture; the flower behind the stem looks painted, and the insect's posture is interesting. Great bokeh, and good title. The moment is perfect.
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07/06/2006 09:37:25 AM
A stunning capture with beautiful lighting.
Congratulations on your ribbon!
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07/04/2006 11:36:31 AM
I knew this would ribbon the first time I saw it. I probably would have cropped more off the right side, but color, focus, DOF, and image appeal are all first rate. Congrats!
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07/04/2006 08:20:14 AM
Congrats man

hows the weather there now?

im in iceland and wont be back untill the end of the month
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07/04/2006 07:57:53 AM
I didn't vote on your photo, but I am impressed. Congratulations.
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06/30/2006 02:32:39 PM
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
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06/29/2006 10:40:20 PM
Congratulations! Great shot - really stunning. Great to see you with another ribbon. Go Aussie!

Nic.
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06/29/2006 10:29:22 PM
Congratulations! I gave this a 10. It was magical! And now it's a favorite in my portfolio! Thanks!
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06/29/2006 05:25:09 PM
I love it!
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06/29/2006 03:11:35 PM
Congrats on a great picture.
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06/29/2006 09:24:42 AM
congrats on the yellow ribbon! ^^
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06/29/2006 05:28:08 AM
hope you have another one of these up your sleeve for the flower challenge.
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06/29/2006 05:26:48 AM
Great capture! Congrats on your yellow ribbon!
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06/28/2006 06:47:59 PM
What a fabulous shot, great title man ! Congrats in the ribbon.
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06/28/2006 05:59:09 PM
Sharp and crisp, very nice, well done.
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06/28/2006 05:11:23 PM
Congrats Enzo - those ribbons are starting to stack up! Keep it up.
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06/28/2006 04:14:50 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon! Great Capture, a pleasure to view!
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06/28/2006 03:56:33 PM
Congrats on your yellow! Great job!
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06/28/2006 03:07:15 PM
Excellent job Enzo. Congratulations on a truly deserved ribbon finish. :)
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06/28/2006 02:14:03 PM
Great capture, just beautiful. Congrats
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06/28/2006 02:09:46 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Great shot!
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06/28/2006 01:10:32 PM
WTG dude! Very nice work!
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06/28/2006 01:00:47 PM
Perfect stop action shot of a bee in flight. Beautiful bokeh and color. Congratulations :)
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06/28/2006 12:00:11 PM
Congrats! A great image and a nice finish... I was thinking yours was the Kookah!
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06/28/2006 10:51:06 AM
AWESOME ! this one is my top pick for bokeh II challenge
congratz
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06/28/2006 10:45:31 AM
Congratulations on the beautiful photo and well deserved ribbon Enzo!
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06/28/2006 10:12:33 AM
Congrats on your 3rd place finish! Very cool capture - Love the composition and lighting.
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06/28/2006 09:39:07 AM
congratulations! I didn't vote in this challenge but I would have given this a high mark. That is gorgeous, gorgeous bokeh (which is what my glass shot needs).
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06/28/2006 08:59:31 AM
Well done! Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/28/2006 08:34:35 AM
Nice Job!!! So happy you won a ribbon with this breath of fresh air :) Congrats.
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06/28/2006 07:54:33 AM
I am a new photographer - checking out images to help me decide which camera to buy - this is great I love the detail and the crispness!
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06/28/2006 07:37:47 AM
Fun moment captured, and very well captured, too!
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06/28/2006 06:33:01 AM
Wonderful!! Very big congratulations to you, sir - very well deserved!
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06/28/2006 05:05:13 AM
Yay! All you need now is a blue and two honorable mentions and you have a "full house", keep it up dude :)
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06/28/2006 04:26:48 AM
Just beautiful Well done on your Ribbon
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06/28/2006 02:43:28 AM
Beauty. Great catch and comp.
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06/28/2006 02:40:43 AM
congrats!
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06/28/2006 02:18:45 AM
Congrats on the yellow. Good shot.
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06/28/2006 02:18:25 AM
Congrats on your second ribbon! Hoping to see many more from you...
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06/28/2006 02:06:52 AM
congratulations this is fantastic!!
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06/28/2006 01:41:17 AM
An ace shot, congratulations.
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06/28/2006 12:50:47 AM
Excellent shot Congratulations
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06/28/2006 12:40:11 AM
This is so awesome! I have tried so many times to catch the bee while flying and never can! This is GREAT! Congratulations on your ribbon!!

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06/28/2006 12:38:53 AM
great shot! perfect timing! congratulations!
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06/28/2006 12:38:03 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon-beautiful shot.
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06/28/2006 12:29:17 AM
Great job Enzo! Fitting how your yellow image grabs the Yellow Ribbon.
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06/28/2006 12:25:57 AM
I didn't get to vote for this one, but it's ribbon-worthy. Congratulations.
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06/28/2006 12:25:22 AM
Great pic, great title! Congrats on the yellow. :)
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06/28/2006 12:22:12 AM
Congrats! A well deserved ribbon!
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06/28/2006 12:21:24 AM
How awesome is this!! Congratulations on your 3rd place!
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06/28/2006 12:14:48 AM
Sweet! Congrats, Enzo... its a lovely image and well deserved ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 08:52:58 PM
A gorgeous picture on all counts.
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06/26/2006 11:56:18 AM
Nice detail and I actually really like the busy but blurred background in this case - provides an impression of a wonderful field of flowers - a richness of pollen/ nectar for visiting insects.
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06/25/2006 01:45:38 AM
Well done!
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06/25/2006 01:41:11 AM
Wonderful flight capture...perfect timing!
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06/24/2006 07:20:58 PM
10... One for my desk ;) Excellent shot.
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06/24/2006 06:06:28 PM
Wonderful!, I have a picture almost exactly like it, too bad I didn't enter it!
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06/24/2006 03:57:16 PM
good eye well seen
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06/24/2006 03:33:55 PM
Great shot, love the posture of the bee. Nice Bokeh.
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06/24/2006 02:42:07 AM
Simply breathtaking. Love the title! 10
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06/23/2006 11:51:35 PM
Wow!
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06/23/2006 02:03:53 PM
Amazing photo, great how you got such detail in the bee even when it is such a small portion of the actual photo. Very beautiful! 10
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06/22/2006 11:17:07 PM
Amusing title. NIce capture too.
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06/22/2006 10:28:38 PM
Beautiful. I like the crop and oh yeah the colors are ok. :P
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06/22/2006 03:14:26 PM
The background is not blurred enough and competes with the subject too much.
If it were blurred more, bigger app or longer lens, then it would have been better.
Very nice composition and framing though, however a tighter crop would have been nicer.
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06/22/2006 03:13:35 PM
Nice image, cute (appropriate) title. Composition is right on. Nice bokeh. A little blown out on the highlights, but not terribly. Should do well with this. Good luck!
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06/22/2006 09:10:13 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 10 on this shot. Lovely colors, crisp detail, excellent subject and bokeh.
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06/21/2006 03:49:55 PM
What a capture! I am impressed.
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06/21/2006 03:45:39 PM
Beautiful image. The background is perfect.
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06/21/2006 02:09:46 PM
Really nice image. I like the yellows/green combo and great focus.
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06/21/2006 02:01:26 PM
Great shuuter speed, lovely DOF, and colours. 10.
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06/21/2006 10:48:13 AM
one of my faves. Good job
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06/21/2006 08:39:15 AM
I like the lightness - it has an airy feeling. Great focus on the bee. Love the softness of the blue and yellow with that hint of purple in the background. Perfect example of bokeh. I wish we could have had 800 pixelation in this challenge. Talk about POW! 10
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06/21/2006 08:31:48 AM
Wow.....Just how I feel wowed.
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06/21/2006 01:27:27 AM
Really lovely image with perfect "Bokeh".....
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06/21/2006 01:19:55 AM
ok .. I have to bow done to this shot ... 11 oh damn it doens't go that high!
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