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Liegroupoid Sep 18, 2006 8:15 AM

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Hi,This is my first post to this board, and also the first post where I am uploading an image, so I hope I do everything right in terms of etiquette... (I read something somewhere about producing 800x600 crops to post up here; unfortunately my subject is a wee bit bigger than that)I took the following photo yesterday, and would appreciate any comments/feedback on how I could improve the quality of my work. I've not done any post-processing other than cropping and resizing.I have no idea if any of the metadata will survive: it was taken on a 350D, with a Sigma 70-300mm APO DG macro, ISO 800, 1/500 and f/16 in fully manual mode... to me, it looks a little washed out.Any thoughts/advice appreciated!Cheers,PaulPS Sorry about the lack of carriage returns, maybe something to do with safari and this forum software...???

Liegroupoid Sep 18, 2006 8:15 AM

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Here's the resized version... Paul

smac Sep 24, 2006 12:41 AM

Hey Paul, Good to have another Mac user. I love nature photography, and keeping in mind that each photographer has their own viewpoint to express, here are my opinions concerning your shots. I think you have a nice shot of a bee. If your purpose in cropping it so close was to show as much detailed anatomy of the bee as possible then that worked. If you were trying for more of an nature shot than the crop is to close. Your second uncropped picture is, in my opinion more interesting. I can see more of the bee's world. I like the background colors, they compliment the flower the bee is sitting on. Perhaps a vertical crop of the bee an flower would offer a different perspective. It's all so subjective. As for the picture being "washed out" that's easy to fix with a little post processing. I took the liberty of re-working your shot in Photoshop Elements 4. I just applied three simple affects to bring out the details and color that was already there. The secret to good photographs in my opinion is to shoot what you like, try and develope the ability to look at things from a unique point of view, and go after those subjects that really get your passion. Hope some of this helped.
Cheers Mate,

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