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Copyright: Kimberley Broyles (Gardenwife) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 1 N: 30] (107)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
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
Viewed: 5173
Points: 10
[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.

PDP, angybone, marhowie, livios has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-21 18:11]
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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.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [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. :)

Hi Kimberly,
Great color and exposure, with the thistle dominating the frame. I prefer the TL post of course, with the honey bee well focused there..
Well done.
Howard

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [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.

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