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Posted By: Rense, 07-30-2010, 06:08 AM

Bumblebees are among the most difficult insects to shoot. They always move...
There are lots of blacks... They have shiny eyes...In fact, they are too big...

But sometimes you're lucky. This one was sitting still, as if in coma. The sun was
shining, so I could make use of the background. And a couple of other things I liked.
So I tried it again, and this time, I am more or less satisfied....




EDIT: I modified the photo after comments from Iris.... (She's impossible today...)




EDIT: I modified the photo again, after comments of dragonfly and yeatzee! Could be it's too contrasty now...



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07-30-2010, 06:12 AM   #2
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Great shot! Love it!!! 5/5
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Wow, great shot. They are very difficult to shoot and you've nailed it. I really like the look of the flower as well. Thanks for sharing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rense Quote
Bumblebees are among the most difficult insects to shoot. They always move...
There are lots of blacks... They have shiny eyes...In fact, they are too big...

But sometimes you're lucky. This one was sitting still, as if in coma. The sun was
shining, so I could make use of the background. And a couple of other things I liked.
So I tried it again, and this time, I am more or less satisfied....
I totally agree with you that bumblebees are difficult to shoot!
Although it is not so astonishing as "Coma Bee in purple", I like this picture, especially the colours!

A minor point of critique (, , ), the light (on the bee) is a bit unnatural, I immediately get the feeling you used flash!

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Another stunning effort, Rense. it's a pure joy to see your insect photography.
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Great shot! Love it!!! 5/5
Thanks Pepe!

QuoteOriginally posted by Lucifer Quote
Wow, great shot. They are very difficult to shoot and you've nailed it. I really like the look of the flower as well. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks a lot!

QuoteOriginally posted by Iris Quote
I totally agree with you that bumblebees are difficult to shoot!
Although it is not so astonishing as "Coma Bee in purple", I like this picture, especially the colours!

A minor point of critique (, , ), the light (on the bee) is a bit unnatural, I immediately get the feeling you used flash!
I agree, and I modified the photo a bit, see the original post. However, the "flash" effect is due to a (too) short flash diffuser, causing the light coming from the front only....
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EDIT: I modified the photo after comments from Iris.... (She's impossible today...)
QuoteOriginally posted by Rense Quote
I agree, and I modified the photo a bit, see the original post. However, the "flash" effect is due to a (too) short flash diffuser, causing the light coming from the front only....
I am impossible today or nobody dares to give you critique any more
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nobody dares to give you critique any more

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Hey! I already said she's impossible today... Don't ever agree with a woman in that state
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Wow!

Bees are truly amazing creatures and your image does them justice. Both the color and detail are incredible.
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It's like I was the flower ! Wow great shot.
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I just had some bees removed from my house so it's nice to see the picture, although I think their eyes are more black than in the image.
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Bees are truly amazing creatures and your image does them justice. Both the color and detail are incredible.
Thank you!

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It's like I was the flower ! Wow great shot.
Thanks Dave!

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I just had some bees removed from my house so it's nice to see the picture, although I think their eyes are more black than in the image.
Yeah, I think you're right! I will work on that. Thanks!
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You were 'satisfied' ? I would be ecstatic ! Another gorgeous shot Rense.
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Is it my monitor or is there banding in the bokeh/high ISO noise?
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