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Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp
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Copyright: Behrad Sharifi (BEHRAD) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 69 W: 31 N: 109] (449)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D EOS, SIGMA APO 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-13 23:39
Viewed: 3329
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everybody

I found these two Paper wasps in a park couple of month back.

Here are some info about them :

Paper wasps are 3/4 inch to 1 inch (2-2.5 cm)-long wasps that gather fibers from dried plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests that appear to be made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.

The nests of most true paper wasps are characterised by having open combs with cells for brood rearing, and a petiole, or constricted stalk, that anchors the nest . Paper wasps secrete a chemical which repels ants, which they spread around the base of the anchor to prevent the loss of eggs or brood.

Hope you like it.


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-14 2:41]

Hi Behrad,
very good photo and interesting note.
I like that you photographed it from below.
Good job.

hi behard,
nice macro shot,
well composed with fine pov,
lovely colours,good dof,
nice bg,
the head of the bee is a bit out of focus,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-14 3:52]
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Hi Behrad

This is a very interesting and colourful posting showing these paper wasps at work on their nest.

I really like your composition and POV. The colours (as mentioned) is stunning and the perfectly OOF BG does well to enhance the subject. Your exposure control was very good.

Now for the nits and some suggestions (and please, I’m not trying to pretend I know all, but these are pointers I received here on TN and it made a great difference to my macro photography). I think you could have done even better on the details if you narrowed down on your aperture. With macro photography the DOF becomes very critical and because you are so close to your subject the DOF range really comes down to a couple of millimetres. So, at f/5.6 there is just not enough range to cover the total field of this kind of object. Maybe you should have pushed it to around f/8 or even f/11. That would have meant that you probably had to make use of a fill-in flash, but I am sure your flash would have been able to maintain the required outcome even at 1/200 shutter speed.

Anyway, well done and TFS.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-14 12:10]

merhaba Behrad;
güzel bir çalışma tebrikler selamlar

I can make out it must be a very small nest, Behrad. You have mentioned the body size of this insect and the one in the foreground provides the scale for judging the size of the nest accurately.
A promising shot even though with the kind of advanced equipment you have, the focus perhaps could be a little better.
All the best.

Nice shot. Excellent background.
Like the POV but think the focus would be more effective on the closest wasp's head instead of body. Colours warm but realistic.

Thanks for sharing this.


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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-15 4:23]

Hi Behrad,
Beautiful shot, with brilliant colours and vry sharp detail. Exposure is spot-on and the well blurred BG puts more emphasis on the subject.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-15 13:50]

Very nice macro with amazing point of view Behrad.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, focus, colors, sharpness, background, lighting, framing.

I like it: DOF (something scarce for this capture and keeping in mind the bottom of the same one), notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Excellent capture... thank you for sharing.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-15 14:27]

Hello Behrad,
Magnificent close up.POV,BG,details,lighting and composition are excellent.Have a great week!


Nice capture, wasps with eggs. Sigma 70-300 gives even greater details at smaller apertures.

Murali Santhanam

Hello Behrad
What a great moment to shoot,
Informative note,Perfect composition
and colors,Welldone.


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