Easter Bee

SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand
Caught this bee on my daughters egg hunt...

It took me a while to gather the courage to post this here.
So take it easy on me but be honest. lol.

This was taken withen seconds of the first.


  • mike_smike_s Posts: 396 Deckhand
    I think its a great photo. What lense did you use?
  • SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand
    Just the 18-55mm kit lens that came w/ my Canon T3.

    Thanks for the kind words.
  • SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand
    C'mon guys...
    Only 1 comment 60 views.
  • barlow46barlow46 Posts: 312 Deckhand
    I'm view #63 and here was my first thought when I opened the topic. Nice color, but "bee" didn't pop out at me. I think the color of the bee blends too much with the pollen stem. I think if you had taken the shot almost head on to the bee with the darker background, then the bee would have stood out more. Just a little angle from the head on could have given you plenty of "bee" with good contrast in regard to the background. Still is a very good shot as it is and keep posting. Hard to get feedback if you don't post. Just my amateur opinion.
    East Coast Florida
  • SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand

    Thank you, I have a photo of the bee at the angle you speak of.
    I did not like the bee as much though.
    I will post it later tonight when I get home.

    Thanks again,
  • SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand
  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    Try cropping out most of the photo until you get the bee slightly off center and only 3 of the flowers, perhaps the triangle of 3 around it.
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    Bees can be really tough as they tend to move around too much. I think cropping is a good idea and it appears that the focus was on the flowers and not the bee this time. That's happened to me more times than I care to count. In my case I set the camera to single point focus and that can usually let me focus right on the bug/bee as the case may be.

    This guy thankfully was cold that AM and was happy to sit there for me.
    DSC_0474crop2 by Flcrutch, on Flickr
  • SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand
    Thanks for the suggestions everyone...
  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    Much better. It doesn't look like you sharpened yet either. I would sharpen until you see a clear edge around the bee and petals. See what that gives you.
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    I used Zoner to adjust the contrast and sharpen in two steps and ended up with this. Znner is freeware and does a decent job for quick and dirty tasks.
  • SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand
    Wow!!! Thank you chuck.
    I am very new to this and can use all the help I can get.

    Thanks again for all the comments.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    What are using for your editing tasks? **** is freeware and powerful if you get used to using it. Zoner has a free edition that serves beginners pretty well, PaintShopPro can be had with the NIK 3.0 filter package for $40.00 -$50.00 depending on what sale they are running at the moment.

    If you have the patience to learn and the money to spend the Adobe package that fits within your budget is probably the best long term choice for most.
  • SeaNoEvilSeaNoEvil Posts: 126 Deckhand

    I only have the software that came with my camera.
    I am always open to suggestions.
    I appreciate you taking the time to offer yours.

    I will look into adobe and the others u spoke of.

    I am a complete beginner with photography.
    I have no clue how to edit photos.

  • Anclote KeyAnclote Key Posts: 2,354 Officer
    Nice picture. Enjoy learning photography. It's a great hobby to have.
    The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t. –Patrick F. McManus
  • FinsatiableFinsatiable Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    I like number 1
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