|Copyright: Kimberley Broyles (Gardenwife)
|Date Taken: 2005-07-18|
|Categories: Insects, Flowers|
|Camera: Minolta DiMAGE A1|
|Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-07-21 17:19|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This macro is of a globe thistle bloom (Echinops ritro). The globes are made up of hundreds of tiny flowers, though from a distance you might not notice this. They're loved by bees while blooming, and the seeds are a delicacy to finches and other birds. Come late summer and fall -- sometimes clear into winter -- the stems of these plants will be bobbing as birds hang on and feast. It's quite a show.|
The bee was an unexpected surprise and, as you can see, he was making haste to enjoy the nectar.
This was shot hand-held in waning evening light. Cropped and ran USM, upped contrast a bit, and framed in PSP.
UPDATE: Check out this shot at TrekLens. This time I got the flower and the bee in focus. I did more PP on it, so posted it there.
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- [2005-07-21 18:11]
Hi Kimberley, nice shot! The thistle looks great. It would have been a superb shot if the bee wasn't cut off and was in focus. It's nice as it is though, well done.
- [2005-07-22 16:53]
Great shot of the thistle Kim. Nicely focused and sharp showing all the intricate flowers. I find that is quite hard to do with a plant like this, so well done.
To me the bee is fine - it is the thistle that's on show, and he's just an added bonus. Bravo!
You know what...there is something interesting about that bee being out of focus. I guess I have a different sense of aesthetics. :)
Great color and exposure, with the thistle dominating the frame. I prefer the TL post of course, with the honey bee well focused there..
- [2007-08-16 19:49]
Kimberley, this is a very nice moment.
I checked the shot at TrekLens, and it's great too.
As for this, I like composition and colors a lot.