Flower Tower

I got this shot last June of the flowering spike of a Pickerel Weed as it was being visited by one of the many bees coming to this patch of plants in a lake in northwest Tennessee.

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Sony A7III, 1/250 @f/5.6, ISO 100. Canon lens 100-400 II at 400 mm on a Sigma MC-11 converter.

This was cropped +/- 50% to a vertical composition and some light editing in Lightroom.

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Patrick: Excellent DOF management to get the flower and bee sharp with a pleasing BG. I’m not sure about the OOF bloom. If it was closer to the main subject it would seem like an echo but the separation between is a bit too much for my taste. Another alternative if you have the room would be to put some more space on the right so that the OOF bloom isn’t crammed into the corner. And of course you could just clone it away. Still a fine capture of what matters. >=))>

Thanks, Bill. I’ll give your suggestions a try.