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Heavy Laden

Bee coated in pollen he is collecting on hibiscus

16 total reviews 
Comment from Cephus


This image is out of focus, nothing is sharp. Subject matter is good but I could not identify the subject without seeing the comments. The white area is burnt out and the blacks contain no details. Composition is lacking with an unbalanced image, the empty left side. The bee's wing should not be parallel with the edge. The pollen has a murky color. The out of focus thing in the bottom left is distracting.

You have some nice images but this is not one of them. I believe that this one may be an over reach of the capabilities of your equipment - macro/close up photos are difficult at best and this is one area of photography where equipment does matter.

I am not always right but I try to be honest. I find it difficult to not always having a positive view of all images but a lie will help nobody.

I am at a total loss as to how this image could received rave reviews.

Sorry, but it is what it is. And the only people that never have a failure are those that never try. We learn by our mistakes and should not fear trying and being put off when we miss the target. We all do at times.

 Comment Written 22-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Your review was brutally detailed, thank you for apologizing. Pakost je za nepristojnu djecu.
reply by Cephus on 22-Sep-2019
    An image like this is difficult at best. The depth of focus is very, very small and unless one is using some special technique such as very small aperture or does focus stacking, one will have extreme difficulty in achieving a decent amount in focus. Quite often when shooting a house fly, I will get one eye in and the other eye out of focus. Using good equipment, my camera and macro lens alone cost me over $4,000 and I consider myself lucky to get one in 2-300 images to be acceptable. Good results are possible in close-up/macro photography with your equipment, but the success rate is going to be very small. If photography was easy, it would no longer be a challenge.
    I have been doing this for over a half century and I still only am able to generate a rather small number of macro photographs that I consider acceptable.
    When I encounter a subject like this, if the subject remains around, I will shoot perhaps 50 images and often still have none worth anything.
    Little that is worthwhile is obtained with ease and the hard work required to obtain success makes the accomplishment all the more sweet. Keep going forward, be your own most critical reviewer, revel in the small steps required to obtain perfection and never lose sight of the goal and let none detract you. If you have the will, you will succeed.
    Good luck.
reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    YOU blocked ME?
    Unbelievable.
reply by Cephus on 22-Sep-2019
    I have not blocked anyone in the last five years. What are you talking about? Will check to make sure that somehow it is not turned on.
reply by Cephus on 22-Sep-2019
    The only person that I have blocked is CMMeyers from five years ago. She kept giving me revenge reviews and had blocke me.
reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    I tried to send you a message and you sare not listed.
Comment from nikman


A quite good entry into the competition posted here! Your fine and central composition clearly shows just how greedy he is!! Like the detail in the shot. Exposure and sharpness are good. Well done and good luck!

 Comment Written 21-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you very much for your review.
Comment from KristiV


A very nice compostion and very cool subject...I just love the little bee full of pollen...I have never seen one so covered before! The background is a bit noisy and the white of the flower is a bit blown out but other than that a great photo:)

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you so much for taking your time to review this.
Comment from alaskapat


I have never seen a bee with so much pollen, I hope he is able to fly! I like also the pink flower with red detail, the bee shows pretty well but it could be sharper, the white just to the left of the bees head is blown out, look at that bright spot , it appears very smooth without texture that is because it's too bright, there is no way to correct a blown out spot, also I see noise especially in the red part, that could be from cropping too much, or slight movement when you clicked the shutter. When shooting in bright sun on a white subject, find a way to shield the subject from the light , I have stood over Flowers to shade them from the bright sun. If this was with a phone camera, I don't know of a way to compensate for that brightness.this is a learning sight, we are all amateurs, looking to improve, don't get discouraged, you chose a good subject, it's interesting, the way you composed this is good, it's just a matter of practice , always take several shots of a subject if possible and always be sure to hold the camera very still.

 Comment Written 20-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you so much for your feedback! I do appreciate it.
Comment from Sange


Clever title for this busy bee covered in pollen like sugar candy. It's a nice shot, but I am afraid your focus and white balance are off. You also may have cropped too large as there is noise throughout the shot.
I always encourage all who are Learning and growing behind their lens, so it's a nice shot, but more work is needed in order to get razor sharp focus and color temps Controlled.
;)

 Comment Written 19-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you for your review.
Comment from GaliaG


the focus is bad and the photo is totally blur and also the white areas are over exposed and this is why I gave you a low rate

thanks for sharing

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 Comment Written 19-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you for your review.
Comment from Susan F. M. T.


A brilliant picture of the busy Honey Bee collecting Hibiscus pollen in her pollen baskets & more sticking to her bristles & her wings. Beautiful composition framing and lighting taken with superb camera techniques and sharp focus.
Susan

 Comment Written 19-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you so much for your review!
Comment from cakemp55


I have never seen a bee this laden with pollen. You have zoomed in well, however when the image is enlarged it is quite out of focus and the details are not clear. The lighting is good and great colours.

 Comment Written 19-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you very much for your review.
Comment from seshadri_sreenivasan


Wow! Great looking shot!. Fine example of nature photography. Your timing appears to be perfect and you have captured the bee feasting himself very well. Good luck!

 Comment Written 19-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you so much for your rating and review!
Comment from helvi2


Hi Cicanistar, I think the image you have is awesome! I have never seen a bee so heavily covered in pollen. This shot might have been a big contender for the insect contest! If you had gotten the shot in focus it would have been a super contender. Try to make sure you always have the shot you submit in focus. Lighting is good but the clarity falls short. You definitely have talent, so work on the focus and you'll be a great photographer. :o) Helvi

 Comment Written 18-Sep-2019


reply by the author on 22-Sep-2019
    Thank you so much for your review!