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Beeezy Bee

Series: My "flower type shots".

Image 3 is of a bee so engrossed in a flower I was able to come a bit close and use my macro lens. U can even see the pollen all over the bees appendages. Greedy lil bugger. Denosha and Duane are the kings of the these type of shots, and I can def say they are hard to do. Maybe I'll go to them for lessons, cos I quite enjoyed it (even though it was challenging). So whatcha think about this one huh?

This image was supposed to go up yesterday but I wasn't happy with the PP. I worked on it and decided to put it up. Any ideas on what I can do to finish it off, as it is a work in progress. Btw is this a macro shot?

I found out one thing about photography, the lens makes a huge difference. I used a prime Sigma macro lens (105mm f2.8). Image quality is so much better, there is little post processing to be done. Don't buy cheap stuff, theres a reason why its cheap. Next I will only be buying Canon L lenses, I using Duanes 17-40mm L, that baby is sharp and really brings out the colours.

PP: Curve adjustments for colour, selective burning.

Beeezy Bee

Series: My "flower type shots".

Image 3 is of a bee so engrossed in a flower I was able to come a bit close and use my macro lens. U can even see the pollen all over the bees appendages. Greedy lil bugger. Denosha and Duane are the kings of the these type of shots, and I can def say they are hard to do. Maybe I'll go to them for lessons, cos I quite enjoyed it (even though it was challenging). So whatcha think about this one huh?

This image was supposed to go up yesterday but I wasn't happy with the PP. I worked on it and decided to put it up. Any ideas on what I can do to finish it off, as it is a work in progress. Btw is this a macro shot?

I found out one thing about photography, the lens makes a huge difference. I used a prime Sigma macro lens (105mm f2.8). Image quality is so much better, there is little post processing to be done. Don't buy cheap stuff, theres a reason why its cheap. Next I will only be buying Canon L lenses, I using Duanes 17-40mm L, that baby is sharp and really brings out the colours.

PP: Curve adjustments for colour, selective burning.

comments (34)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 17 May 2006, 00:29
Cool shot, did you fire your flash here?
sk: thanx Suby, nope no flash, just a really sunny day
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 17 May 2006, 01:30
I like this a lot. Nothing to say other than good job and change the Shmood. ;-)
sk: thanx man
  • Mona
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 03:31
BEAUUUUTIFUUUULLLL.....(She sobs hysterically)! No other comments
sk: thanx a lot Mona
It a nice shot, bright colours and all, for me, it's alittle too tight.

and by this I mean, there's no breathing space, and the composition appears to be alittle choked up!

About equipment, "Good equipment", while it can only make a good composition better, it can also make a bad one much worse smile
sk: thanx Skee that was very useful
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 05:59
thanx very much that was quite usefull
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 17 May 2006, 06:38
David Kleindhert has stern competition!Stunning macro : mindblowing colours : GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!
sk: WOW thats very kind thank U
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 17 May 2006, 07:31
WOW, very very nice macro dude, love this shot! one of your best i think! smile take care smile
sk: thanx Bruno
  • Mask
  • Europe
  • 17 May 2006, 07:34
The 17-40mm is my baby, I love this len, like I have said time and time again. I can't wait to get a 5d so i can do reallywide angle shots. I tried a little bit of macro myself, but I have not come up with anything i really like, I have actually typically shot in the evening without flash, so there is an issue of sharp pictures.
sk: yea loving it too, I might not give it back to Duane
WOW! this beats the pants out of all my macro shots. Lovely
sk: WOW thats a serious a compliment Mr Alakija, but I know its because U haven't got a Macro lens. When U get urs u'll produce amazing shots
  • anda
  • Italy
  • 17 May 2006, 08:51
Great yellow.
  • Funmi
  • 17 May 2006, 10:25
great shot, love the vibrancy the colour adds to the picture. However, im inclined to agree with skee on how cramped it is in there...
sk: Funmi ur "other comment" touched me, thank U very much. And I'm glad u stop by
  • Funmi
  • 17 May 2006, 10:41
I want to apologise for the rather harsh and unfriendly way i left my comment 2 'photobloggings' ago... it was not only unkind but rude. i went back there today and i was ashamed of what i wrote and subdued by your response. im very sorry and will try not to let the happenings of my day interfere with my people skills.
apart from that, i think you have amazing talent and a truely unique creative angle.
although i dont leave comments regulary, im a regular visitor and just want u to know how much i appreciate your work and how sorry i am.
have a nice day...
  • Funmi
  • 17 May 2006, 10:44
I want to apologise for the rather harsh and unfriendly way i left my comment 2 'photobloggings' ago... it was not only unkind but rude. i went back there today and i was ashamed of what i wrote and subdued by your response. im very sorry and will try not to let the happenings of my day interfere with my people skills.
apart from that, i think you have amazing talent and a truely unique creative angle.
although i dont leave comments regulary, im a regular visitor and just want u to know how much i appreciate your work and how sorry i am.
have a nice day...
  • jlc
  • 17 May 2006, 10:56
Nice shot àsìkò wink!
sk: thanx
  • lilo
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 17 May 2006, 11:14
excelent macro shoot
sk: thank u very much lilo
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 12:16
Lovely colours man.
sk: tains meyne
still in flower land abi, you are tempting me to attempt one of these!!
sk: men I triple dare u to take a flower shot, oya now show us LOL
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 13:32
wonderful, vibrant colours; the image almost leaps off the screen.

we've been trying to encourage bees to come into the garden the past year or so, and finally this year we have a little hive of harvester bees: fantastic to watch them coming and going - i would encourage everyone to give it a go!!
sk: thanx David, dude sounds scary having a hive in ur garden, hope u don't get bitten
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 13:39
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Lots of colours
Sharp, really sharp.
Upclose, you were very daring, I would not like to disturb this guys meal

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looks like a shot i have seen so many times,
could have done something to make it look a bit different.

=
Great Shot !
sk: thanx man
  • Paul
  • United States
  • 17 May 2006, 14:57
Very nice shot. Nice, bright colors and lots of detail.
  • Denosha
  • Singapore
  • 17 May 2006, 16:22
Great shot there. Never managed to get any good bee macros myself. The yellow of the flower seems to overwhelm the bee though but that's not your fault. =^p Hope to see more macros from you soon smile

On the topic of L fever. Yep. Once you've got it you can kiss your savings goodbye. I've still got it and I can't shake it! Someone should come up with a 5-step programme or something...
sk: WOW a thumbs up from the macro master, thanx a lot
Aaaaah Asiko, you have openely declared war abi!! Shutterchance is not big enough for the both of us. You've have picked the wrong man!!
(Hahahahah evil laugh)

WATCH OUT FOR THE SHOWDOWN (COMMING SOON)!!
sk: LOL LOL LOL
bring it on
  • Ricardo
  • Barcelona - Spain
  • 17 May 2006, 17:30
Perfect macro. It enchants to me. Greetings.
sk: Greetings Ricardo, glad u like it
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 17 May 2006, 17:40
Weeeeee (that is my way of showing joy as a fighting squirrel - my nickname, in case you are confused ;-)! This is a brilliant shot, because of the shining yellow and the highlights on the bee. I don't mind the tight crop at all, though maybe I also would have tried something different.
sk: LOL thanks very much Ella
  • Mona
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 20:24
Okayyyy @ Labinjo et. Al pls calm down on all this geeky photie lingo! Some of us are not photographers you know!
sk: Mona I was just looking at ur blog hmmmmmmmmm...............
Great capture, lovely details.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 23:12
wow! the detail on the bee is mind boggling!
OUCH!!
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 May 2006, 23:25
ok sola and asiko calm dwn calm dwn....... Lovely shot!!!! (said crying more hysterically than mona)
amazing colors and detail...love the bright yellow here!
Impressive details in this one, we can see the fur of this insect
Did you have a teleconverter on or was it really only a focal length of 105mm? Excellent work. Cheers, Brent
sk: hi Brent i was using a prime macro lens at 105mm. i am just beginning to learn how to use my lens. is ur 200mm a dedicated macro? If not u won't be able to get close to get good detail
I'm finding it hard to get macros with 200mm. ;(
Excellent shot, I've just decided not to post my bee shot now!
  • atunbi
  • London
  • 2 Jun 2006, 16:01
Great shot! Tell em about cheap lenses bro, waste of money if you take ya photography seriously. Most of my shots now is to practice composition and to train mi eye to see a good shot. My darling 70-200 2.8 just cant cope for all types of photography. Sigmas are just as good and a lot cheaper than the canon L series. (More overtime for me then)

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