They say you shouldn’t have your foreground out of focus. That’s probably generally true. But sometimes… I think it works here with this composition. Always such a thin slice of focus when shooting this close to the subject.
Cute bee and great colors in this one. Happy Fall!
Been a while since I’ve seen one of these. Shot maybe twenty and only hit one in focus. Fast little one not staying long on any blossom. One of the neatest looking bees in the garden in my opinion. I like the green with the other colors in the shot. Very good detail on the bee today – even the eyes.
Didn’t get time to shoot until very late in the day yesterday so the light is a little weird. I liked this shot a whole lot more when I picked it than I do right now. But it’s interesting in that I think it’s the first aster shot against the sky. This is a pretty tall one – maybe four feet? Kind of a rangy plant but was full of bees in the early evening. So I selected it because the background was a first to me. Anyway, like it or not…
Only had time for about ten minutes of shooting yesterday. But caught this nice one in the asters. See how she’s not got much hair on her back anymore? Worked most of it off. Almost looks a little impressionistic with the bokeh in this one. That spiky thing is a yellowing iris leaf, I think. But I like the way it pulls toward the bee – something, anyway. Interesting element.
If you’re near Crested Butte, Colorado on this Saturday or Sunday, I’ll be there at the ARTumn Festival – come by and have a look at the art.
Makes me a little maudlin knowing that the weather’s going to be changing soon. Equinox yesterday. But the asters are in full flower…as are the ‘mums. Beautiful. And the little ones are really loading up.
I like this shot. Great detail on the bee. Even down to specks of pollen on her eye. With all the traveling I’m doing, I’m really feeling pressure to load up on shots when I’m home…get through the winter with this project.
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Got a lot of fun shots yesterday. Spent a lot of time with a variety of asters, in the blanket flowers, with some penstemmons, sunflowers, sedum, etc. Still lots going on in the fireworks-in-slow-motion show. Winding down, though. I’m reliably informed that five (or six?) more blanket flowers are going into the erstwhile parking strip (devil strip in Ohio?).
Love the hair on this one’s face and eye. And note the pollen grains on her back. Those aren’t from the asters. She’d been somewhere else before.
And here’s what today’s bee might look like in an acrylic honeycomb/hex – for that mosaic you need to put on your wall:
Hate the fact that summer’s winding down. Still lots of blossoms everywhere, but yesterday they were flocking to the asters. More than a dozen in bloom around here. Here’s one of the shots from yesterday – and I expect that you’ll see a number of them over the winter.
Just finalized a deal with a company out of Michigan for printing acrylic hexagons. Have had the 6″ versions at the last couple of shows and people really responded well to them. They make neat mosaics. More on that soon.