Archive for July 18th, 2009



Happy Harvester

Happy Harvester

Of course the happy part is pure anthropomorphism. Can bees be happy? I certainly don’t know, but the sight of one busy in a flower makes me happy, once I get by my diffuse fear of stinging insects.

It was a brilliant day at the Coastal Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Maine, and the high sun cast strong shadows, but picked out all the subtle detail in both petals and bee. One of the advantages of the articulated LDC on the H50 is that I can hold the camera one-handed, well away from me, out over a bed of flowers, for this kind of close in and personal shot.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide and macro. F5.6 @ 1/400th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Just my basic added Vibrance and Clarity and Landscape sharpen preset in Lightroom. There was a bit of purple fringing along the bottom petal edge which I also removed in Lightroom.

From Coastal Maine Botanical Garden.

And a second bee in flower from the same day…this time in open shade.

Happy Harvester 2

Happy Harvester 2