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A Busy Day...

A Busy Day...
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-07 11:19
Viewed: 2780
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The nectar source in a given area depends on the type of vegetation present and the length of their bloom period. What type of vegetation will grow in an area depends on soil texture, soil pH, soil drainage, daily maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation, extreme minimum winter temperature, and growing degree days. The plants listed below are plants that would grow in USDA Hardiness zone 5. A good predictor for when a plant will bloom and produce nectar is a calculation of the growing degree days. Hopkins' Bioclimatic Law states that in North America east of the Rockies, a 130 m (400-foot) increase in elevation, a 4° change in latitude north (444.48 km), or a 10° change in longitude east (two thirdth of a time zone) will cause any given biological event to occur four days later in the spring or four days earlier in the fall. In botany, the term phenology refers to the timing of flower emergence, sequence of bloom, fruiting, and leaf drop in autumn.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-07 11:32]

Hello Claude,
a very unusual composition because the eye-catcher is non-sharp and blurred but the main-object is less colourful and less contrasting against the background. Your picture is a psychological experiment with a main object on which one should concentrate and a strongly distracting component, the Limenitis archippus, in the background.
Interesting and two edged.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-07 11:32]

Hi Claude,

Wonderful capturing the lovely butterfly and the busy bee in one picture. The colors are marvelous. Details of the bee are fantastic showing the textures so well. I like the composition with the out of focus butterfly and the beautiful flowers.


Hola Claude.
Una imagen muy bien ejecutada, con esos buenos efectos y detalles.
Perfecto encuadre y delicada iluminación.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-07 13:02]

Hello Claude
What a curious and beautiful composition! The close-up and the bg are so well achieved that it looks as if the bee was coming out from the screen. The butterfly in the background is really superb.
Magnificent job!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-07 14:01]

this is a superb composition! I love the way you have captured both the bee and the butterfly. This would make a grand picture for a book on pollination!

This is a treat, Claude -- an interesting juxtaposition of both the two subjects and your foreground sharpness and background softness. I don't know that your frame is particularly necessary, but it is simple and artistic. The colors are rich, and the POV is good. It adds up to a pleasing composition. Good note, too.

Hi Claude,
I love this BG image blurred. It shows us excellent OOF and DOF. Nice shot, claude.
Outstanding details and sharpness, well composed and fine POV, well framed too.
(FYI, the butterfly in the BG looks like Viceroy (Limenitis archippus), not Monarch. )
TFS and best wishes,

bonjour Claude,

une prise de vue splendide une que j'aimerait faire , des couleurs superbe et une netteté impecable une composition parfaite bravo

Hello Claude,
Best DOF on the bee and the beautiful flowers but also included the Monarch at a distance! A great composition!
Exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done and well seen

Very different composition, it would be great in a science textbook about botany. The DOF iver interesting. I think that is a Viceroy because of the band across the hindwings, a Monarch doesn't have this. Great picture.

Bonjour Claude,

Une bonne prise de vue du bourdon et du papillon Monarque, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-08 10:06]

Hi Claude. This shot looks as if its in 3D. the Bee looks so big. excellent detail with your sharp focusing. rich colours. to show it of so well. a nice POV with the butterfly in the BG out of focus. works very well. TFS. good notes too.

Have a good week ahead.

Ah! Claude quelle merveille j'adore cette abeille tellemen en détail en premier plan et derrière le papillon, une composition extraordinaire, des couleurs rayonnantes, une grande netteté, une réussite.

Hello Claude,
what an opulent feast in a meadow of pleasures. Creatively well decided to leave the well visible butterfly - a viceroy mimicking a monarch - in the back out of focus, and to concentrate on the bumble bee in front, creating a cheerful, funny, unusual, surprising image.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Claude,
Interesting shot, beautiful sharpness on the bee and flower, very pretty blended background! TFS

salut Claude

ta photo comme toutes tes autres
photos d'ailleurs, est/sont superbe(s)

quelle belle image avec l'abeille en avant-plan
et le papillon dans l'arrière-plan,
dans ta photo j'aime particulièrement
ces tous petits details de l'abeille,
excellent profondeur de champs



Bonjour Claude,

Originale cette composition!quel esprit d'observation!
Le focus sur l'abeille est réussi et les couleurs naturelles.
Franchement, c'est bien vu!


Hi Claude,
In my view it is just fantastic capture. How luck you were for getting such a view and thinking it so fast. Nice work. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi (again :-0) Claude
This os fantastic. I have never seen a similar shot. Very good idea and great realisation. Great sharpness and DOF, great composition.
Another great photo :-)
Best wishes

Hi Claude,
A very good image, surely a busy place! Very good details in bumblebee. Butterfly in Bg looks perfectly marvelous.

That's a real masterpiece of a picture. Can't improve this one at all. Nicely done!

Hi Claude,
perfect and different macro shot with great composition of sharpen bee in front and unsharpness butterfly on back. Superb colors. BG, pinky flowers, POV very nice. good notes. TFS, well done.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-07 5:18]

Godd picture, indeed. Good sharpness and colors. Love the butterfly in the BG.

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