Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Bumble Bees on Cone Flower by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

May 2022 - Bumble Bees on Cone Flower

About the Image(s)

First let me say, I am glad to be joining this great group. I am wanting to take more closeup images, and being in this group will give me more motivation to do that.

This was taken last summer at a house across the street. It was taken with my Olympus E-M1 Mark III and Olympus 14-150mm lens at 150mm, 1/80th second, f9 and ISO 400. I was tracking the bumble bees and trying to get their faces. I did not edit much, only crop in some.

5 comments posted

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Lucky the bees stood still long enough for you to shoot them!! I really like this image. The image is really sharp, especially on the bees wings. I also like your background blur. I wouldn't do much to change it. I think you captured a perfect moment in time.

And welcome to the group!!   Posted: 05/13/2022 14:05:52
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks, glad to be a part of the group. The bees were busy feeding so they were still for a few seconds.   Posted: 05/13/2022 14:07:39

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Welcome, Tom. I think this is a very nice image with awesome focus, especially on the bees. Both the bees and the flower are tack sharp. If I had one suggestion, it would be to tone down or darken the background a little. Well done! I am anxious to see more of your photos.   Posted: 05/14/2022 14:27:05
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks for the comment. You are right, when I look at it, the yellow flowers are very bright. I was just looking at the bees and the flower -- it helps to get opinions from someone else. I played with the yellows a bit in Hues and Saturation, and a mask to only effect the yellow flowers. Is this better?   Posted: 05/14/2022 14:39:54
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Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Everything came together for this shot. Composition, color coordination, focus and depth of field. Even the bees seem to be posing for you. I really like the Fibonacci and Mandelbrot patterns in the stigma and bees wings. I hope you printed and framed this one.   Posted: 05/21/2022 15:29:34


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