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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF for Canon
Location: kitchen
Date: Aug 4, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 4, 2006

Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Date/time original 04.08.2006 9:01:32
Shutter speed value 1/60 s
Aperture value f/5.6
ISO speed ratings ISO 200
Exposure bias value 0.00 eV
Metering mode Pattern
Flash Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal length 64 mm
White balance Auto white balance

well, the bee was on the glass for a split secone until i scared her away with my big lens :-) with attached hood ... LOL, you can call it a stopped motion :-)
what i find interesting is that i do not remember seeing a bee photos from under, i saw only from top photos ... thanks for all the 2's and 3's :-)))
i predict a nice 4.6 ... i think even my "color on color" 4.7 entry will not be threatened with this photo LOL

postprocessing = hard
selected background (the roof from house next to mine)
gaussian blur 6
desaturated a bit
spot healing
select inverted (the bee)
resize to 640
color balance

this is it as far i can remember, i know people will bash it coz it looks unreal, but as i said in the beginning the bee was on the window (outside) so there is the story


Place: 176 out of 212
Avg (all users): 4.9626
Avg (commenters): 4.8571
Avg (participants): 4.8553
Avg (non-participants): 5.0360
Views since voting: 739
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 187
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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08/16/2006 09:20:02 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Goran,

Well this shot exceeded your expectations by a fair bit. Thaks for all the detailed info in the Photographers Comments - it sure makes my job easier. This is a very different view of a bee - almost as if it is out of a hidden camera for a documentary on bees in their hive. In this sense I think you have achieved your stated aim.

It is a good thing that your flash didn't fire as I am pretty sure that without significant diffusion it would have created major blow-out reflections on the glass. Nonetheless it would have been nice if the underside of the bee had been more exposed to display more detail there. Looking at your settings I think your best bet would have been to open up your aperture a bit (not sure what lens you used, but you could have gone as wide as 2.8 and still kept the necessary DOF).

Regarding the composition. As comments below note the bee is centered with very little else happening in the image. Asthetically it is not a very interesting image as there is nothing to draw the eye in or really engage the viewer. Rule of thirds might have give it some balance. Also I think a slightly different POV, perhaps from higher up and to the right would have given the bee more depth.

I do think your score did suffer a bit from the DNMC crowd as it really does look like what it is; a bee resting on a piece of glass, which isn't stopped motion. And we know the cardinal sin on DPC is to not satisfy the voters that you have met the challeneg. Looking at your vote distribution I think a lot of voters gave you the benefit of the doubt.

I hope my comments help and Good Luck in future Challenges!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 11:30:53 PM
Looks more like resting on a plane of glass than in air. Sorry if I'm wrong.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/11/2006 03:17:11 PM
sorry, there's just not enough context here for me to tell if you stopped the motion, or shot a dead bee lying on a piece of glass...
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08/11/2006 12:12:07 PM
Although the picture is okay, for this challange I think I would like to see the bee in context with it's surrounding so I can see that the motion is stopped and that this isn't just a dead bee. Also compostion is static with the bee centered.
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08/11/2006 11:28:02 AM
Almost looks like it's sitting on a piece of glass. I'm not saying it is, but it's so still...good job on stopping the motion. Only problems I see with this are the subject (it's a bit static, nothing else going on - so you have to be a bee lover to really like it), it looks a little over-sharpened, and the subject is centered (not always terrible, but there are those that are going to call you on it). All of this is JMO of course. ;^) Good luck in the challenge.
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08/10/2006 11:03:35 PM
You've captured some good detail on this bee. A more colorful background might make the photo stand out a bit more.
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08/09/2006 09:59:10 PM
Focus is nice and sharp! I'm gonna have to say he doesn't appear to be flying, but rather just sitting on a piece of glass - hence, not quite what's being looked for in this challenge. Also, he's rather centered with nothing much else in the frame.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/08/2006 12:29:44 PM
08/07/2006 01:38:48 AM
really interesting shot, the more I look at it, the more I like it...
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