Tom Carnahan  


Busy as a Bee by Tom Carnahan

June 2022 - Busy as a Bee

About the Image(s)

Magnolia season in mid April thru mid June.

It is interesting to watch buds bloom and as soon as the bloom opens up, the bees strip the pollen.


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11 comments posted




Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
I love that despite the fact that all the petals are white, they are all clearly defined by their slightly different brightness or color. I wish the bees had been more cooperative and all posed in profile for you. Ordinarily, I would look for some texture in the petals, but here seeing texture would have reduced my liking of the image.   Posted: 06/07/2022 09:38:34



Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Thanks for the suggestions . Bees will be bees and you are right about the blossom and lack of fine details on the petals..   Posted: 06/07/2022 11:17:47



Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Nice capture of the bees As Robert says the petals have no texture I would try to get more texture if you have the RAW image   Posted: 06/07/2022 15:58:00



Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
Very nice composition and the bees add interest. The lack of detail in the petals does not bother me in this instance, instead it increases their delicate beauty. I have one tiny nitpick regarding the bottom petal. There is a little flaw that could easily be removed. Also, while I like the little bit of background we see, it also seems noisy to me. Not sure if that is actually from over processing?   Posted: 06/07/2022 19:09:35
Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
In think Dorinda's little flaw may be some debris on the petal. There seems to be some more on the very far left. I don't mind Dorinda's debris, but the debris touching the left border seems out of place. I agree with Dorinda on the chromatic noise in background. Some slight blurring of those leaves or application of a denoise transformation removes the noise.   Posted: 06/08/2022 16:12:55



Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Good catch. Your comments are on the spot. Chock it up to sloppy work on my part.   Posted: 06/09/2022 15:09:53
Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
That's what we are all here for.... to help learn new techniques as well as to catch the little things. :-)
  Posted: 06/09/2022 15:43:02



Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
Nice capture. could be a little more sharper.   Posted: 06/09/2022 19:21:05



Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
It is a very interesting picture, Tom. A lot of the suggestions for improvement seem to involve what's going on in the fringe of this photograph. - the noise and other extraneous distractions from the main subject, the bees and their work. I would try cropping a little all the way around to either remove or diminish these distractions.   Posted: 06/10/2022 11:57:26



Jody Coker   Jody Coker
interesting capture and lots of good suggestions. here's my take on a little tighter crop.   Posted: 06/19/2022 07:38:11
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Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Thanks one and all. Will use the suggestions on the next attempt.   Posted: 06/19/2022 13:46:26