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The one... [Aug. 15th, 2004|12:08 am]
The Love Bug
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You may have noticed that in previous posts, I've mentioned that I've not come up with many 'quality' photographs from my new digital camera yet.  But, I knew that - one day - I'd come up with an absolute cracker.

And here it is...



[ click on the thumbnail for a full size version ]

I have not altered this image at all, except that I've cropped it down to 800x600 from the original 2016x1512 that it was when I took it.  It's not been zoomed or otherwise modified apart from that.  The photograph itself was taken at supermacro, with no optical or digital zoom.
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[User Picture]From: artyste
2004-08-15 02:22 am (UTC)
Meh.. bees and wasps.. (especially yellowjackets), won't stay still long enough for me to macro-photograph them. I spent most of the afternoon yesterday trying to!
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 03:00 pm (UTC)
Heh, well this one was a bit dozey, so it was a bit easier to do :o)
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2004-08-15 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm in cunt mode right now, so take what I say with a pinch of salt. I'm being overly harsh.

Good photography in my eyes isn't about taking a high-res shot of something commonplace. It's about making people go 'ooh that's beautiful'. (take jem lambert's photos for example; she'll take pictures that you could really actually do with a disposable camera, but you still go "wow"!)

Taking a high-res shot of a bee in my opinion doesn't contitute 'good' unless the viewer gets to see something they don't usualay see, and it's a nice and *unique* picture

ie. if you took a pic of a droplet of venom dripping off the stinger, I think that'd be "good" by my description *if it was presented properly*, or even if you managed to make a wasp seem 'cuddly' by careful use of angles.... that'd be good.

It's not what you snap that makes a good picture; it's how you snap it...
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[User Picture]From: easytiger
2004-08-15 09:42 am (UTC)
I very much appreciate the compliment here, but it is true that it takes years of practice :o) If i'd taken a shot like this a year or so ago i'd have been pretty impressed myself! :o)
So, very nice photo Dave, thanks for the compliment Matt but yes it was quite harsh, and I hope you're hangover is okay ;o)
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Jem :o)
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 03:05 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your honesty Matt, and the fact that you might have been suffering a tad when you wrote this.

Whilst I don't necessarily agree with all that you said, one specific part of your comment backs my own theory up.

You said, "It's not what you snap that makes a good picture; it's how you snap it..."

It wasn't an easy picture to take, and I took a fair number of pictures to try and get the one that looked the best. But you also have to bear in mind that perception is relative. I'm not an expert photographer, although I've been taking domestic pictures for many years.

I've only just started to take artistic snapshots, and I know that I've got a long way to go. However, this photo - for me - was probably the best photograph I've ever taken.

It's that kind of thing that you need to take into account.
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2004-08-15 04:18 pm (UTC)
No, it's today I'm suffering. Both because of my hangover, and because I'm reading the bollocks I wrote last night.

I'm sorry Dave, my comment was just completely wrong.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 04:34 pm (UTC)
"... my comment was just completely wrong."

Not necessarily... unless the basis of what you were trying to convey was not accurate. I actually agree (to a point) with what you said.

However, I would agree that the way you conveyed it was perhaps a tad harsh. For that, I accept your apology.
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[User Picture]From: stephaniewalker
2004-08-15 07:45 am (UTC)
I'd disagree with what Matt says. Jem has many more years experience of taking pictures than you, you're still learning the camera and what it can do.

I know you've been striving to take a macro shot of an insect, or something to show it larger than life.

I think the photo is good.
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2004-08-15 08:30 am (UTC)
I'd disagree with what Matt says

Matt disagrees with what Matt says... while nursing his bitch of a hangover... :(

I really shouldn't drink Grolsch.

Sorry Dave.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :o)
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2004-08-15 07:59 am (UTC)
Well, I like it. I haven't seen one of those big fluffy bees in ages, we only seem to get bloody wasps around here lately!
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, tell me about it! LOL

Thanks :o)
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[User Picture]From: emsee
2004-08-15 09:02 am (UTC)
I think its a good photo too.
Probably not the sort of thing I want to see just before going to bed (I first saw it last night) :P but a good pic all the same :)

If I'm being critical, perhaps the levels/contrast levels could do with bringing up a bit to display a bit more detail in the bee's head and also perhaps a little bit of sharpening (unsharp mask) but it's often difficult to sharpen macro pics as the shallow depth of field at such close distances tends to mean a lot of the image is out of focus anyway.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that, Marcus. :o)

I do agree with you about the details on the bee's head, it's just a bit unfortunate that the bee was pointing away from the sun so I couldn't pick up as much detail.

Although I'll say with all honesty, I've never modified a picture after it's been taken, so I'm not really familiar with changing pictures post-snap anyway.
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[User Picture]From: gloi
2004-08-15 09:57 am (UTC)
that's a really nice picture.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2004-08-15 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks Bill!
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[User Picture]From: yumseta
2004-08-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
Knowing full well what you had to do to take that pic in the first place, I think it's a pretty good one, personally!
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From: elegantangel
2004-08-15 11:50 pm (UTC)
it looks like it's running, what kind of digital camera do u have??
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