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MarkB1



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Noble Nature - Nomadic Bee Reply with quote

It's a new season and this young bee is in its prime, flowing mane, proud stature, a lightness of being. Wonderful creatures. Roosting on a grass stem at dusk where 'he' will catch the first rays of the morning sun.

Though recent flooding has disrupted things, for now.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luscious composition and colors -- I love the way the background complements the subject in both colors and alignment.

I know your work tends to be true-to-nature, but I just have to ask: are the colors naturally this bright?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't done anything here that I don't do with everything else. It's more or less OOC jpg (on std to min settings) with minimal PP in Picasa, denoised and sharpened in NeatImage - the usual.

BG is a handful of grass from the field the bee is in, held behind while holding the grass stem bee is on, same hand. The grass colours can be very bright, depends on the handful and the situation or orientation of the subject and access to it without disturbance. So many things make a difference to the shot I get.

I don't aim for true-to-nature, I aim for the best out of it with what I have and do. I just don't like to do a lot.

And I think true-to-nature applies in macro only up to a point. We see one thing and often the camera and flash 'see' another.

rjlittlefield wrote:
Luscious composition and colors -- I love the way the background complements the subject in both colors and alignment.

I know your work tends to be true-to-nature, but I just have to ask: are the colors naturally this bright?

--Rik

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkB1 wrote:
I don't aim for true-to-nature, I aim for the best out of it with what I have and do. I just don't like to do a lot.

Good distinction -- thanks for the lesson!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't usually go into these things people often argue about. Most of what I've seen called true-to-nature is just dull and lifeless, to me. There is no other vision, and that's ok for them.

I have an 'other' vision is all.

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MarkB1 wrote:
I don't aim for true-to-nature, I aim for the best out of it with what I have and do. I just don't like to do a lot.

Good distinction -- thanks for the lesson!

--Rik

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkB1 wrote:
I don't usually go into these things people often argue about.

Not to worry -- argument is discouraged here at photomacrography.net. Smile

By policy we're into collegial discussions, mostly bent on figuring out how to get desired results, whatever each person happens to desire. If people want to argue about "right" and "wrong" ways to do things, there are other forums where that's welcomed.

I was serious about "thanks for the lesson", by the way. That trick of positioning a handful of grass for background is one that would not have occurred to me, and it's very helpful to have insight into how you go about making your striking images.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem. It's not always manageable though, I might have to devise a frame for the grass/BG - to keep it where I want it with the least fuss, but I am loathe to add to 'things'.

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I was serious about "thanks for the lesson", by the way. That trick of positioning a handful of grass for background is one that would not have occurred to me, and it's very helpful to have insight into how you go about making your striking images.

--Rik

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a beautifull picture and the first time I have seen a bee wrap its legs around something. I obviously need to get out and use my eyes some more Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just so you know...

I've moved a reply by Tesselator to its own thread, Constructed backgrounds. It addresses a technical topic that is only peripherally related to this image gallery post by MarkB1.

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Edit: corrected typo


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jan. There are plenty about, around 1500 species known, many too small to recognize without some magnification.

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That's a beautifull picture and the first time I have seen a bee wrap its legs around something. I obviously need to get out and use my eyes some more Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Rik.

rjlittlefield wrote:
Just so you know...

I've moved a reply by Tesselator to its own thread, Constructed backgrounds. It addresses a technical topic that is only peripherally related to this image gallery post by MarkB1.

--Rik

Edit: corrected typo

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful composition and great colors. Nice looking bee.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mitch, appreciated. They are beauties.
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