Darcy Johnson  

Looks Like Spring by Darcy Johnson

May 2022 - Looks Like Spring

About the Image(s)

This is a photo taken from my garden in early morning, late in May several years ago. This Allium plant is an ornamental onion. Cut the stem or crush a leaf and the connection will be obvious. The flower head is a cluster of individual forets and some varieties can grow as large as 5 feet tall.

ISO 400, 24mm, f4.5, 1/60 sec.

12 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Darcy nice choice to use selective focus on the bee, allowing the detail and colour of the bee, particularly the wing to come through.
Background is diffused enough to allow a sense of presence and depth without distracting from the image.
Might I suggest a harder crop of the image getting rid of most of the stem and see if you can turn down the top of the plant to me it looks a tad overblown, drawing away from the the bee and the colour of the flower itself.
Well seen and captured   Posted: 05/08/2022 19:40:35
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Both are great suggestions - thanks Tom.   Posted: 05/13/2022 22:09:54

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Darcy,
Just a wonderful color palette. Your composition works well, and the bee looks like it is enjoying Spring. I agree with Tom's comments that the top could be toned down just a little.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 05/09/2022 20:19:07
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Greg - Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Best -   Posted: 05/13/2022 22:11:15

Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hi Darcy,

I wish I had taken this photo! Capturing little critters is HARD! You did a wonderful job.

I do find that my eye keeps getting drawn away from the bee because of the brightness in the top of the flower. And, I think I'd like a little less stem.

Great shot!
Karen   Posted: 05/15/2022 17:27:06
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Karen - I appreciate your sharing your insights. Thanks -   Posted: 05/20/2022 21:11:05

Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Darcy. This is a great capture of a bee enjoying spring and I love the detail and texture of his wings. I agree that the almost blown out brightness of the bloom distracts from the bee and maybe bringing down the highlights would diminish this effect. I love the indistinct blurred plant shapes in the bottom behind the stem and would not crop out the stem to preserve this feature. Realizing it could be defficult, if you could select the grey area behind the flower and bee, cloning some of the blurred green into the grey space at the top might also simplify the composition emphasize the subjects. Thanks for sharing this slice of spring.   Posted: 05/15/2022 17:39:08
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Ingrid - Thanks for your suggestions. I'll see what I can do. Best -
  Posted: 05/20/2022 21:15:01

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Darcy, an interesting image! You are trying to focus on the bee, but it is very difficult to shoot it well using a 24 mm lens. I think it would be better to use a zoom lens to do a close-up shot or use a macro lens. I don't like the composition to cut the part of the flower off in order to focus the bee. Thanks for sharing!
  Posted: 05/16/2022 17:18:20
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Xiao - The lens focal length is 18-400mm. It's a telephoto all-in-one zoom lens and typically my go-to lens. I wish I did have a macro lens . . . it's on my wish-list. Anyway, this lens is capable; I'm afraid the operator could have done better :) Thanks for your input.   Posted: 05/20/2022 21:23:27

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Darcy,
An well composed image. I like the way you have tried to focus on the bee but it's not easy eh.. ?! I love the way you have handled the post processing. Like other's mentioned the top of the image could be more of blurred or defused a bit.
Loved it. Stay safe and stay blessed as always.
  Posted: 05/17/2022 15:18:23
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Kamal - As always, I look forward to your comments. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on my image. Best -   Posted: 05/20/2022 21:28:05


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