Audrey Waitkus  

Dahlia and Bee by Audrey Waitkus

September 2021 - Dahlia and Bee

September 2021 - Audrey Waitkus


About the Image(s)

Came across this beautiful flower, complete with attendant bee, on a bright sunny midday on one of the hottest days of the year a couple of weeks ago. It was breezy, and neither the flower nor the bee ever stopped moving. I had no tripod, so I upped the ISO and gave it a try. Canon PowerShot G11, ISO 800, 6.1 mm, F/8, 1/640 sec. In Photoshop I cropped to put the flower and bee on the thirds line, and decided to include the entire leaf reaching towards the bottom right corner to show the proximity of the flower to the ground. I tried a square crop, but that put the flower right in the center. Not sure which I prefer.

4 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Beautiful flower, sharp with good colors. Maybe you could select the bee and darken him a little bit?   Posted: 09/14/2021 11:56:10
Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
Thanks, Ruth. I like that idea. Even when I was watching him, he matched the flower center so well that he would almost be invisible. Probably good camouflage for him, but makes it hard to see him in a photo.   Posted: 09/14/2021 19:36:43

Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
The color and lighting are great. As for composition, I like the square better. I like Ruth's idea of darkening the bee. I also would add a vignette to darken the edges a bit.   Posted: 09/17/2021 09:34:05
Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I like all the suggestions. I had already decided to use the square crop for our photo club competition and have now incorporated all the suggestions from both you and Ruth. If it does well, you'll both deserve much of the credit.   Posted: 09/17/2021 17:57:08


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