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La Bee en Rose

La Bee en Rose
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Copyright: David Plummer (DiaAzul) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-27
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, 50mm/f1.4
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-01 4:26
Viewed: 5662
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
May is a great time to visit the Jardin De Bagatelle in Paris. This little garden is hidden in the Bois De Bologne (a park to the western edge of Paris) and whilst not particularly well know is a little magical oasis. It is also what I would describe as more of an English country garden rather than formal French style (which I find boring and uncomfortable). The garden was originally created by Marie Antoinette as a place to hold garden parties for the Parisian socialites and as a rest from the courtlife in the Palaces.

Jardin De Bagatelle is also special as it holds an annual Rose competition. May/June is a good time to see the roses before they start to disintegrate in the summer sun. Whilst photographing some of the roses I was lucky to capture this bee as it came out of a red rose.

[This is taken with 50mm plus 25mm extension tube, unfortunately as this was my first outing with this set-up I hadn't quite got the depth of field correct and so the foremost antenna is a little out of focus.]

[Title note, this is supposed to be a play on the Marlene Dietrich song La Vie En Rose, a Bee has a happy life working amongs beautiful flowers in the warm sun all day. The French for bee is Un Abeille, so apologies for changing the bees gender to fit the title - what the heck, it's a photograph rather than language lesson :-X ]

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To gerhardt: We have all the time in the worldDiaAzul 2 08-03 01:05
To japie: You do the bee an injusticeDiaAzul 1 08-01 18:13
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-01 7:54]

Nice title :-) I like the photo composition, and colour - I would have liked to have seen a bit more detial in the with a greater DOF, OR if you were to have kept just the face, some sharpness in the antennae would have bee nice and that is never easy! The glint of light on the eye is a nice touch too.

Well done David.

joliement cadré, j'aime beaucoup les couleurs

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-01 17:02]
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They say "Wake-up and smell the roses" - It will be a rather harsh wake-up call if you smell the rose with this guy in it. Nice capture

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-02 14:41]

I am sorrie that I miss this one David.
Wauw I like that shot. It's coming out, what a capture, good colours, very good note, very good job

David, very nice take. It creeps out of the flower and.. the monitor. 3D effetc nicely wrapped. Love it. Thanx for sharing. Lovely song too have Louis Armstrong version. :-X

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2004-08-13 1:33]

Hola David, excelente composición, me encantó el título. Los colores son vibrantes y sumamente hermosos. Me gusta la iluminación. Es una foto natural con elementos espontáneos de suavidad, elegancia, y belleza. Esta foto me atrapa así como tu atrapaste en el vuelo a este lindo insecto. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

Good shot David. The rose is so vibrant and the bee is a fantastic contrast. Good note. TFS.

Hello David, I love it as is. Even if the antenna is out of focus a bit, is it really important or does it make the subject more interesting with these parts of the pic in focus and those parts out of focus?

I prefer the way it is. Great work, great title too.

I love the way that you framed it. Take care, Yan

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