Sweat Bee on Purple Prairie Clover

Posted by rhighercat on Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:52 pm

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Processing images taken during summer
Canon 7DII + 180/3.5
f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 800
DPP4, PSCC, Nik detail extractor, cropped to 8x10
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by Tom Whelan on Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:33 pm
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Excellent selective focus on the bee and the circle of anthers, gorgeous colors. I'm undecided about the out-of-focus flower center - perhaps it should be more out-of-focus?

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by rhighercat on Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:32 pm
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About the flower head, It was about 1.5 inches long above the petals. Yes, I wondered about blurring the head at the center. I will repost if I am able to blur it.

by Craig Lipski on Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:37 am
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I love the colors and the way the bee’s match the stamens’. I really like the placement of the bee in the frame. I do find the central part rather distracting.
Good light,

by Yun Gao on Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:22 pm
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Great focus on the bee, clean background, nice colors. Maybe try this concept (perspective) on another flat flower and bee, and use a smaller F to avoid out of focus flower center? Just a thought, not sure it will work.

by Matthew Pugh on Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:47 am
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I like the symmetry shown within the composition and hence feel this should also be represented within the negative areas of the image as well, so that my suggestion lol

Either way a fun image that been well executed

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by rhighercat on Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:07 pm
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I tried several ways to reduce the prominence of oof center. nothing seems to work. It is interesting to see that the oof areas in the periphery are are less bothersome to the eye than when it is at the center. My initial thought on this image was that the petals and anthers take the eye around the periphery to the bee and then around the petals - a circular composition. I have to agree with others that when the oof area is in the center, it is rather distracting. Next time, Thanks for all the comments. A good learning experience, anyway.

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