Dan Olson  

The Pollinator by Dan Olson

August 2019 - The Pollinator

About the Image(s)

Nikon D850- Lens 70-200mm 2.8 with x2 teleconverter- F9-ISO 200- 360mm- 1/2000 sec.Crop Rectangle. Luminance Smoothing + 19. Sharping +150 Edge Masking +79. Green Luminance Shift +17. Exposure -0.10. Saturation +6. Clarity +7. Texture +13. Black Clipping +24. White Clipping +32. Shadows -45. Shadows +100. Highlights -100

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7 comments posted

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
First of all, this is a color palette I really love. I also notice that you have captured your subject on a perfect flower specimen - so often withering blooms ruin these images.The pollen on the bee's face is very sharp as is the antenna, so I want to spend some time looking at that. Even the little furry hairs as far back as the end of the yellow are tack sharp in my opinion. After that, however, the focus falls off so the abdomen and most of the wing are very soft. As I see it, the wing and back portion of the bee are in a different plane so you would have needed a much smaller aperture to get it all in focus and probably would have lost what for me is a nice bokeh in the background. The soluntion would be to move around so that the bee would be parallel to your lens and mostly in the same focal plane. I think your post processing is just right.   Posted: 08/06/2019 12:32:35
Dan Olson   Dan Olson
(Group 2)
I was under the impression that if you had the head and eyes in focus that is all you needed. I did try F16 on a new subject and does make a big difference. Thank you for your helpful opinion.   Posted: 08/22/2019 20:23:26
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Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
Sharon's comments are good. Background and flower are great. There is a bit too much contrast in the insect without enough definition in the abdomen.   Posted: 08/07/2019 10:39:12

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Dan: Interesting subjects to work on. Both Sharon and Neal's comments are good. Using F/9 will not give you enough depth of field to entirely cover the subjects with enough sharpness, would suggest using f/16 on your next attempt and you will have improved sharpness on your subject.
Background while out of focus is still slightly too busy, in your post processing you can easily diffuse the background to make it smoother. Use your basic paintbrush at low opacity, perhaps 20% for starters.   Posted: 08/13/2019 01:00:05

Patrick Lynch   Patrick Lynch
Nice subject and great blur in the background. I agree that a stopped down aperture would help the sharpness of the image. I'm not sure what your ISO was because the background looks a little grainy. Great subject.   Posted: 08/15/2019 13:08:46

Rosangela Silva   Rosangela Silva
Dan, I wish your image had either the flower or the insect sharper. I found the area in focus a bit too small. I kept trying to see more details on both. But I do like the wonderful focus on the insect, with all the pollen around its face. Great job! I guess the image name corresponds to what it shows. Good job!   Posted: 08/17/2019 20:31:12

Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
I love the colors and the composition. The flower is pretty much centered but the bee is off center making for a nice composition. Good catch; timing is everything. I do agree with the previous comments regarding focus. I will be taking Murphy's advice about using the paintbrush on backgrounds.   Posted: 08/19/2019 08:14:40