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Sloppy Pollen Eather by Peter Newman

January 2020 - Sloppy Pollen Eather

About the Image(s)

This image was captured using my Nikon D800 with my 70-200mm lens. I had not brought my macro lens. The next best thing is to increase the distance between the rear of the lens and the screen, so I used a 1.4 extender. When I saw the bee in the middle of the flower, with the pollen graduals nice and sharp, I thought it would make a sharp image. Also the bee legs and the dahlia petals show lines poiting toward the bee. As I probably mentioned before, I often make image type to LAB mode because I find that I get more degrees of luminescence

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5 comments posted

Vinod Kulkarni
Hello Peter,
A nice close-up of the bee, and it has a lot of details which is really nice. I like the mood of the spring!

To enhance this image further, my perspective is that
- The noise has to be reduced. If you do post processing using a software, you should be able to reduce this to some extent. If you use Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, I can surely suggest
- If you have a bit more of the flower in the frame, it looks fantastic. The flower looks quiet colourful and will surely add to the overall aesthetic of the image.

Keep clicking!

Vinod K   Posted: 01/13/2020 11:20:42
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Vinod,
Thanks for your comment. While I don't remember most of my images, I recall being so excited about the bee, that I didn't realize there was more to the image than just the bee. I was even more excited when someone started tickling his tail, to change his position. While that is not an excuse, the lesson I should take away is look at the whole image.   Posted: 01/22/2020 13:28:53

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
Nice capture of this busy little critter. Here you given us a great, clear up-close view with a lot of the native associated detail, not an easy task given the constant movement these guys employ.

To my eye this images has a bit of gritty feel to it. Some of this may be due to the noise noted earlier, and I don't disagree with those comments. Also there is a bit of a halo around the bee, especially around the wings and front appendages around the head (whatever they might be called). Some of this may be due to the cropping form the native image. Was the image cropped significantly to bring more focus upon the bee? However some of this feel might also be due to the spotty nature if the pollen scattered about the bee.

If this were my image I would be tempted to move out just a bit, making the bee a bit smaller relative to the entire image. This might present the bee a bit more in his native setting, and reduce a bit of the "in your face" feel I sense with this image.

Just my thoughts …
  Posted: 01/15/2020 15:33:06
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Hi Charlie,
Your comments are right on. Thank you for your observations. They have actually restarted my head working, for the first time in a long time.
As I explained to Vinod, one of the important lessons I learned, is look around and select the image that comes closest to the image you like best from the scene. It is not unlikely that there may be more than one image in one shot. Similarly, one can find related images from two different scenes.

Although I understand that noise reduction is some form of color blurring, It has only been within the last two years I am still trying to understand how, and when to use it.   Posted: 01/23/2020 13:53:21
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Peter Newman   Peter Newman
The images were taken abut six years apart. The original was my wife and our friend, trying to plan which exhibits I wanted to see. The image of the bonobo chimps studying, reminded me of the museum image. To me the common theme was a conference, or mutual study.   Posted: 01/23/2020 17:06:10