Haru Nagasaki  

A visitor in the flower by Haru Nagasaki

August 2020 - A visitor in the flower

August 2020 - Haru Nagasaki


About the Image(s)

I am not sure the name of the flower, 8-9 inches big, with beautiful pink petals.
I was focusing to capture the unique shape of pistil of the flower but a bee visited unexpectedly.

Although I liked the color version with bee’s feather reflection and fresh color of the petals, I challenged to change to B&W to take out all color factors and highlight tone.
I would like to invite all of your comment if this works or not.

D850 70mm ISO125 1/80 f13 tripod
Cropped to highlight the bees and pistil of a flower.
Increased the contrast and dodge and burn.

3 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
Looks like a cactus flower. Bee is a great surprise, but why did you take ants out? I can imagine why you focused on bee, but less-cropped flower could be better. Besides, leaf venation is not clearly visible. I used PS to re-edit your original copy on attached. Frankly speaking, BNW photos are always cool, impressive and mysterious for portraits, streets and buildings; but nature photos must remain coloured so it means: I enjoyed your original post more. Thanks for sharing Haru.   Posted: 08/01/2020 02:01:24
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Thank you, Ata for your comment. Although there are categories suitable for B&W, I will keep challenging myself to break it. Going forward I will keep posting B&W nature/landscape image here to invite your feedback, so please be patient with me.
Lastly, thank you for editing my original, understood your points.   Posted: 08/01/2020 02:53:06

David Henderson   David Henderson
Good try converting this image to B/W. You have definitely focus in on the bee and it looks good and sharp, I think though you have over done it with the contrast editing as the flower pistils look the highlights are now blown out. Keep trying as some nature subjects just lend themselves to mono   Posted: 08/04/2020 00:43:55


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