Taking her time

Was out at the gardens yesterday afternoon looking for bees. With the cold weather here, there were not many. I spend a lot of time just siting waiting for a bee to sit just right on a flower that I think would be a nice photo.

Type of Critique Requested

  • Aesthetic: Feedback on the overall visual appeal of the image, including its color, lighting, cropping, and composition.
  • Technical: Feedback on the technical aspects of the image, such as exposure, color, focus and reproduction of colors and details, post-processing, and print quality.

Specific Feedback and Self-Critique

I have my histogram display to help control the highlights a little bit before taking this shot.

Technical Details

R6m2 RF 100-400 at 373mm 1/1250 f/14 ISO 1250 Did a square crop on this one. Used Topaz Photo AI for noise reduction and darken reduced saturation on the background. Removed a couple of foreground green leaves where the bee is.


Hi Dean,

This looks really good!
The focus, DOF, colors, saturation levels, composition, highlights, shadows, contrast and the subject(s) are well balanced with each other in a very pleasing and fun looking image!

Well done, Sir! :slight_smile:

Excellent image, Dean. I love the details. Well done.

Wonderful, Dean. Aesthetically, IMHO, it is picture perfect. A beautiful flower with a bee in the perfect profile position. Technically, I like how you have monitored the whites in the flower so there is nice definition in the petals. Also with f/14 you’ve gotten great detail in the bee. Definitely an image I would love to have gotten.

Dean, I think you nailed it with this one. I especially like the angle of light, highlighting the “hairs” on the bee. You managed the lighting quite well. Very well done.

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Dean: This is way up on the list of my favorite bee images from you. For me the perch and environment make the shot. A special moment superbly captured. >=))>

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