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!
Heh, well this one was a bit dozey, so it was a bit easier to do :o)
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...
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)
Thanks for your comment, Jem :o)
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.
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.
"... 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.
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.
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.
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!
Yeah, tell me about it! LOL
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.
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.
2004-08-15 09:57 am (UTC)
that's a really nice picture.
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!
it looks like it's running, what kind of digital camera do u have??