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Bee Wings & Honeysuckle
Bee Wings & Honeysuckle

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Challenge: Wings (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Kodak Z740
Lens: Opteka 2.2x High Definition Telephoto
Location: Berwick, PA
Date: Aug 17, 2007
Aperture: f3.20
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2007

Went out behind the shop to take Rusty (the cat) for his after lunch walk. I had been looking for a picture for the 50 Days in the life... self challenge & noticed the nice yellow honeysuckle standing out against a bunch of green leaves, right as the camera was focusing this nice bee flew in for the picture.

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Stroked, Inner Glow, Texture (bevel/emboss)
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Place: 94 out of 175
Avg (all users): 5.5104
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.1781
Avg (non-participants): 5.7143
Views since voting: 1242
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 192
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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08/31/2007 11:51:14 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This is a pleasant image to encounter! I like the realistic feeling of the colors...saturated, yes, but believable. The bee makes the image...lucky he flew in just in time for the shot!

The composition is satisfying. There's not too much or too little of anything in that regard. I especially like the way the shapes of the petal echo the shapes of the bee's wings. Nice repetition in this image to help the viewer stay with it longer.

The frame was a good idea because it helps contain the image stopping the eye from wandering out of frame. But I do think it's a little over done. IMO, the frame becomes a feature because of its color and 3-D quality...simpler would be better.

Generally I think the technicals are well handled. Good focus and sharpness. Nice DOF. The only feature (other than the frame) that I find distracting are the red stem and the reddish older blossom. Perhaps a little selective desaturation along the red channel would tone those items down and keep the subjects foremost.

I think the relationship to the challenge topic is fair. The wings really aren't the subject here. I agree with the comment that a bit of fill light might enhance the challenge subject. Or, if the bee had cooperated for a while, you might have chosen a lower angle of view to bring the wings further into the frame.

Overall, a pleasing shot with few detractions.

Keep shooting!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2007 08:18:43 PM
Nice capture. Just a couple of points; 1) Fill flash or a reflector would bring up the shadows on the bottom left, 2) The frame is a bit too much.
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08/25/2007 07:50:15 PM
Nice capture, good depth, I like the frame, a bit busy, though, 7.
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08/23/2007 01:13:34 PM
I like the bright colors of this photo, and the wing-like shapes of the honeysuckle petals.
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08/23/2007 12:47:33 AM
nice work
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08/21/2007 10:17:53 PM
While the bee is well exposed, I really don't see wings as the center of this challenge. However, due to the great colors, I still feel it deserves a good score.
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08/20/2007 01:07:33 PM
Beautiful--looks like they both have wings!
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08/20/2007 01:51:35 AM
Pretty colors. How did you do your border? I love it.
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