Tom Pickering  


Wasp Nest by Tom Pickering

June 2021 - Wasp Nest

About the Image(s)

Specs: D5000, Tamron 60mm Macro, F38, 1.5s, 1:1, Macro Rig

3-image exposure bracket of the back of a wasp nest. Merged in ACR then processed in Affinity Photo. Suggestions?


13 comments posted




Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Hmmm, well without your explanation of what it was, I wouldn't have known. Great leading lines to pull the viewer's eye around. It would be nice to see a wasp in the image, but then, I wouldn't want to get that close to a wasp!

Unfortunately, for me, the colors feel a bit "muddy" and, because of that, also not crystal clear. Not my favorite of your images, sorry to say :-(   Posted: 06/03/2021 18:43:59
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
What is your suggestion for making it less "muddy"?   Posted: 06/03/2021 23:33:18
Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Good question and thanks for not taking offense at my feedback. It's based on my own personal perspective and may not be shared by others. Try the vibrance slider, not saturation. But first and foremost, increase your white point. If you go slowly, then you can stop before blowing out too many highlights. Small areas can be fixed with an adjustment brush locally at the highlight. Hope this helps? When color seems muted or muddy, increases in brightness and luminance help. You could try increasing the luminescence on the Orange or the yellow but use the pinpoint tool so you pick from a specific area.   Posted: 06/04/2021 11:50:28
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
I'm here to learn to be a better macro photographer. I look for honesty, not compliments.

I never use saturation, only vibrance, and I do set my white point just below burn-out. As it was, there were some specular highlights that I removed with the Inpainting Brush Tool (equivalent to the Spot Healing Tool in PS).

I will work with the exposure and/or brightness adjustments and see what I get. Will also work with the HSL adjustment in the orange and yellow bands. Thanks.   Posted: 06/04/2021 12:06:26
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Carol, you would be surprised at how close you can get to bees/wasps (hornets are different story). I have been REALLY close to wasps and, so long as you don't make a quick movements, they'll continue to feed while you continue to make images. Try it!   Posted: 06/05/2021 14:24:50
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Yikes! I'm allergic and the thought of getting close to either gives me the willies! d8¬{O   Posted: 06/05/2021 14:39:18
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Fortunately, I don't have that problem. My son, however, always carries a bee sting kit with him.   Posted: 06/05/2021 15:01:02



Bill Foy   Bill Foy
As I mentioned in my comments about Stuart's image, I always look the image and then go to the "How I Did It". My guess on your image was that I was looking at some type of baked good - bread, a cookie - an insect's home never crossed my mind!

I think the colors - golden, brown, gray - are good, the image is sharp - I can see threads. I think it's a technically good, but uninteresting image.   Posted: 06/05/2021 14:22:24
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
The more I study it, the more I agree that it's boring. d:¬{(   Posted: 06/05/2021 14:40:09



Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I've photographed the inside of a wasp's nest, but there you get the honeycomb not unlike that of a honey bee. The outside it a bit uninteresting I'm afraid. I'd go for jacking up the contrast and mono conversion. Here's a quick go at that, using a linear light blending mode for the contrast layer.

I keep honey bees for a hobby (alas one of my many hobbies, but I'm giving it up this summer) and can assure you bees don't want to sting you, as they die if they do. You can push and shove them and they just shrug it off. Don't squash one though as they give off pheremones which tell the others "I'm under attack!" so they might send reinforcements. Wasps, and probably hornets, are another matter though, they can be nasty especially in the autumn when they are hungry, and whilst they have a rightful place in our ecosystem, I squash the blighters if they get in my house!   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:06:28
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Your version looks like something completely different, like an aerial view of parched ground. Much more interesting. I guess my image is a failure as it is. d:¬{(   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:18:50
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I completely agree about bees not being interested in attacking if you're not bothering them.
Your conversion of this image to mono and whatever adjustments you made to it make it look like a shot in some desolate part of the world made from the ISS. I don't know if that's good, or not?   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:20:38
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Well, it's not a silk purse in my view!   Posted: 06/10/2021 15:43:34



 

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