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Bumblebee on Coreopsis...
Bumblebee on Coreopsis...

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Challenge: Macro VI (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Magnolia Gardens (GSU), Statesboro, GA
Date: Oct 12, 2007
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Animals, Floral
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2007

DNG to jpeg in PS Elements 4.0, Magic Wand Tool, Deep Yellow Filter, Circle Lasso for "eyes" to layer for enhanced Saturation and Contrast, Contrast/Highlighting, Used both RAW & jpeg versions to add depth (Pentax K10D set on DNG+JPEG simultaneous capture,) Merged Visible, Sharpened Edges, USM, Resized, Saved for Web...

Place: 138 out of 248
Avg (all users): 5.5625
Avg (commenters): 4.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5395
Avg (non-participants): 5.5882
Views since voting: 681
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 144
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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09/04/2008 12:37:41 PM
this is beautiful.
i love the way that you can see the detail on everything
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/24/2007 08:36:07 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

The first thing I noticed when I saw this photograph is that it has a very strong composition. The framing of the flower to include the stem, and the negative space around the bee are both very well done. The rule of thirds has been used very well as the bees head is near the imaginary intersection lines.

I like the overcast lighting because there aren't any harsh shadows to obscure the details of the flower or bee. I do feel however, that the photo could stand to use a little more brightness overall, as the highlights on the bee are a little dull.

The challenge into which this image was entered, was a technical one (Macro) and therefore, the technical aspects of the photograph are very important. The image is in focus, but not as sharp as some of the photographs that received higher votes. I admittedly do not have much experience with Macro shots, but I am quite confident that had this image been sharper, that it would have scored a lot higher.

I get the impression that there wasn't a lot of available light based on your camera settings. In the future, it might be good idea to try to close down your aperture a stop or two to get a greater depth of field. By changing the f-stop from 5.6 to 8 or 11, you will increase the area in focus, and hopefully have a sharper image. Manually adjusting the focus is probably the best way to achieve sharper photos.

Overall, a good capture. Keep up the good work.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to PM me.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/18/2007 08:40:22 AM
A good shot, not the clearest and most detailed I have seen, but certainly better than what I could have done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/15/2007 08:45:02 PM
needs better light
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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