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Paul Lagasi
07-12-2010, 02:09 PM
Its been fairly warm and humid up here, so I haven't been out much. I managed this image of what I think is an Adrenid Bee..lolol..I finally got a insect book. At least I think it is but I'm pretty safe there's 1300 bees in this group worldwide...Thanks for looking
Nikon 105 macro 2.8
vr on

Bob Miller
07-12-2010, 04:57 PM
Hi Paul.....The first thing that stands out to me is oof plant and the noise in the bg. Is this a large crop? Next time you might consider more DOf with a smaller f stop....as much of the bee seems a bit soft. Hope to see more posts!

Jackie Schuknecht
07-12-2010, 08:54 PM
Like your comp and the position of the bee Paul. Agre it looks a little soft. Do you sharpen for web. Might want to try LAB sharpening too. Think you can get more sharpness out of the bee.

Kaushik Balakumar
07-13-2010, 04:43 AM
Lovely green BG.
Eye, thorax and legs (towards us) look sharp. You had sufficiently fast shutter speed - may be stopping down the aperture would've got you more DOF as pointed above...?

Jerry van Dijk
07-13-2010, 05:07 AM
Nice bee and pleasing perch. Agree with comments already given.

Roman Kurywczak
07-13-2010, 09:24 AM
Hey Paul,
Yep...the DOF got you here....as Kaushik mentioned....eye and near legs are sharp...so it's falloff on DOF. Even w/o flash.....1/2500 SS puts you at f8.....probably have entire body and good portion of wing sharp.....but also some unwanted elements. As you had the perfect angle on it......moving was not an option! Really close on this one!

Julie Kenward
07-13-2010, 06:46 PM
Paul, I really like the bee as shown here but agree that the OOF flower at the left side is a bit distracting. Still, lovely light and the pose/angle of the bee really works for me. I also think a bit more sharpness on the bee head/eye would be nice and NR on the BG would help. I do like the image overall, though!

Paul Lagasi
07-13-2010, 09:08 PM
Thanks for all the comments..feedback appreciated..