Bruce Michelotti  

Sunflower and Bee by Bruce Michelotti

November 2021 - Sunflower and Bee

About the Image(s)

The “Sunflower and Bee” was taken late one summer afternoon with a Canon Powershot G7. ISO 75, 1/320 sec. at f/4.0. I thought the light was very nice and liked how the pollen created a nice effect on the flowers. The little bee was an added bonus. Tightly cropped and minor adjustments made in Lightroom.

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12 comments posted

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
This is a busy image with many leading lines and different textures. Looking at it my eye always stops at the bee. It is a bit desaturated and that adds interest. The bud and the flower complement each other. Well done!   Posted: 11/04/2021 18:18:01
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Mark.   Posted: 11/09/2021 10:54:45

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
To me this is two images in one and two stories going on. The front flower and the bee and the image in the back with the sunflower just opening. Beautiful colors. I really like the center of the second flower.   Posted: 11/06/2021 16:58:43
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Linda. I liked how the open flower was covered in pollen which gave it a soft feel.   Posted: 11/09/2021 10:56:04

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
My eye goes right to the green bud on the top because it is in focus. I find the large flower distracting and hard to understand because it isn't in focus. I. do like the colors.   Posted: 11/07/2021 09:39:57

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment Lane. I think the larger flower looks soft because it is covered in pollen. They are pretty much on the same plane.   Posted: 11/09/2021 10:57:50

Leo Chow   Leo Chow
Very sharp picture of the flowers. In my opinion, if the bee looks slightly sharper, it would be much better. Good job!   Posted: 11/09/2021 20:55:25
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment Leo.   Posted: 11/15/2021 11:03:54

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I like the array of colors and crispness of the image. My eyes also go back and forth from the bud in back to the front flower and bee. I linger on the bee and then move on to the back bud which is the best focus then back to the bee. The initial view is striking but as I look at it with a wandering eye, I like it more. The bottom flower and bee colors seem pleasing. I think that because of the softness of the flower and bee, the colors are primarily what attracts me. In order to find out why, I looked on the color wheel. The colors are analogous,I believe, which I read, are warm and pleasing in effect when together, rather than Complementary colors. Very lovely image Bruce.   Posted: 11/10/2021 12:35:00

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for the in-depth review Harley. I too thought the colors were very nice in the image, it just made me smile and that is what photography is all about, isn't it? I also liked the juxtaposition of the bud and bloom with the bee ignoring the bud, but drawn to the bloom because that is where the pollen resides.   Posted: 11/15/2021 11:08:22

Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
This image just pops. I really like the story being told here. The details in both the flowers and the bee are tack sharp. The time of day gives wonderful shadows that really helps with the definition of texture throughout the image. The green on the unopened bud next to the open blossom really adds to the feel of the image. I also like how the light accentuates the texture of the edges of the green on the unopened bud. Absolutely wonderful, Bruce.   Posted: 11/29/2021 19:34:41

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comments Andrew. I think the time of day really helped with the color and texture. A lot to be said for "good light".   Posted: 11/30/2021 10:01:07