David Blass  

Pollinating by David Blass

August 2020 - Pollinating

August 2020 - David Blass


About the Image(s)

My photo, like Pauline’s, was taken at the McKee Beshers WMA in Montgomery County, MD. Its fields of sunflowers are planted every year to attract birds, and naturally attract photographers too. I got this shot as I was winding up my morning shoot, and was pretty lucky to capture the bee in flight. I’m amazed at how good the autofocus can be.

In post-processing, I only removed some other bugs from the sunflower.

Olympus EM-1, mk. ii. Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @300mm. f/8, ISO 400 1/2000 sec.

6 comments posted

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Welcome to our group David. I like the exposure, depth of field, color, textures and crop. I think the name you gave this image says it all.

Was this handheld or on a tripod?

What is the "V" shaped shadow at about 7:30? Unlike the bee's shadow above it which is expected, I find it a little distracting because I can't tell what it is. Have you given any consideration to removing it?

Overall, I think this is a very pleasing photo.   Posted: 08/06/2020 11:11:22
David Blass   David Blass
Walter, Thanks for the welcome! I'm glad to be part of the group. This shot was handheld. Thanks for pointing out that V-shaped mark--I think it is the hind legs of another bee, and managed to overlook it when processing. You're right, I'm better off without it.   Posted: 08/06/2020 13:56:36
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Really great job for being handheld.   Posted: 08/06/2020 16:17:35

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I 2nd that welcome to the group. I hope you enjoy it. On my monitor, the color balance seems good and your shutter speed was adequate to keep the bee sharp. When I brought the image up on my large screen, my eye immediately went to the center of the flower which is big and bright. I wandered around the flower and then came to the bee. In my opinion, the bee (the subject) is overpowered by the giant flower so I experimented with a crop with the goal of making the bee more prominent in the frame. I've attached a copy of my crop example. I also agree with Walter about the shadow and wonder if it could be lightened to be less prominent.   Posted: 08/11/2020 11:35:09
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David Blass   David Blass
Thanks for your welcoming comments! And thanks for the suggestion of a new crop. Your version is a little extreme for me, but I agree that I don't need to show so much of the sunflower. I did some playing with the image, and with a bit more effort, I can clone out the V-shaped (legs of another bee I think) distraction pretty convincingly. Hope to repost the next version in the next week or so.   Posted: 08/12/2020 11:54:18
Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I"ll be looking forward to your next version. Glad my comments could spark some experimentation. Again, welcome.   Posted: 08/12/2020 14:20:35


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