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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Modesto, CA
Date: Mar 8, 2008
Aperture: F/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2008

CA Almond blossoms in full bloom.

Believe me when I say I have outtakes! Over 650 shots later but I finally got the shot I was looking for; broadside before he landed on a blossom.


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Place: 261 out of 500
Avg (all users): 5.6575
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5490
Avg (non-participants): 5.9091
Views since voting: 583
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 146
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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04/10/2008 03:16:17 PM
Believe me when I say I didn't put us in the same group on purpose knowing we had pretty much the same subject matter in our shots. Coincidence, honest :-)

Actually I think that's a good thing when commenting on each other's pics as we both know what the other went through to get the shot. Looks like you had more time on your hands than me ;-) (650 shots? Wow)

The composition on yours is excellent, and I love the bokeh you got behind the bee. The focus is pretty good on the bee. The flowers aren't very sharp on the right but I know how tricky it is to get shots of these fellas so I won't complain too loudly.

Great work!
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04/09/2008 03:03:06 AM
I like the exposure on the bee and the background for the bee. The problem is that the only things in focus are the bee's hind leg, one antenna, and the flower in the lower right corner. A little greater DOF would have been of great benefit here to bring the bee in focus and some of the flowers higher up in the bee's path. I would have thought that f/9 would have been a sufficient DOF but the bee was apparently just at the edge of the focus range.

Overall I still like the photo even when the softness of the bee. It really tells a story.
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04/08/2008 03:13:58 PM
I liked the balanced composition on this -- I think it adds interest to the shot and helps to isolate the bee. The bee does seem a bit soft, though I understand it seems to be motion blur, for the most part. He is suspended nicely. Overall, I think you have executed the shot well, but it may not "grab" viewers (and voters) the same way as a shot with a tack sharp bee would.
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04/08/2008 11:19:09 AM
The lighting and colors in the image are good, but as mentioned before, it is overall a bit too soft. Using USM or a high pass sharpening would have helped. A slightly closer crop might help too, maybe try to put the bee somewhere following the rule of thirds (at least approximately). The last thing I think could have improved this shot is that if you draw a line following the bee's flying path (so to the right and a little bit up) you hit a blurry flower. The sharp flower is all the way at the bottom right of the frame, so it makes it look like the bee is just flying around and not towards a flower. I know it's not easy, but getting the "flight destination" in focus would have also helped.
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04/08/2008 07:10:28 AM
It looks to me like this is a handheld shot? It just appears a LITTLE BIT fuzzy all over. I like the attempt at the flying bee as opposed to sitting on a flower. (i gave you a 6 for trying fwiw)
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04/08/2008 01:03:17 AM
Hi Brandon, I think your lighting and colours are really good. With advanced editing, you could certainly do a little dodging/burning to drop the background and bring out the foreground a little, but it doesn't need much. Ideally the foreground flowers would be a little more crisp focus with a flower right in front of the bee, but that's pretty hard to control. :) You could crop this shot closer, use some USM to sharpen it really crisp, and add a nice white border, and I think this shot would have scored better.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 03:59:21 PM
Excellent. Look at the fat legs full of pollen.
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04/06/2008 11:06:32 AM
Nice capture.
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04/06/2008 11:04:16 AM
good 'B' bee capture, but can you get a little closer....a 5
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04/05/2008 01:45:25 PM
Solid capture of a bee in flight. I would have focused on his nose rather than his....just kidding. Love it! niner
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04/02/2008 11:59:47 AM
I just love his two back 'feet' I can picture him walking on them like in the movies. lost a tad of focus in the front half, but high scoring anyway.
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04/01/2008 12:49:21 AM
Yeah spring is here....awesome shot!
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