Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ellipsis - Monday Photo Shoot: Best Shot

This week Carly from Ellipsis says:
EMPS #26: HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT! Ok, now it is your time to shine! We photographers might tackle a lot of subjects, but we all have one type of photography that is our very favorite. Landscapes, Still Life, Night photography, Portraits, Pet photography, Seascapes, Sunsets, Macro photography... it's all good. For this assignment you are welcome to look in your archives and post your best photo, or you can set the scene sometime within this week, and show off the type of photography you feel you excel at. If you do go with a shot from your archive, try to make it one you haven't posted before, I am really interested in seeing something new if possible. HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

Extra Credit: Write a little about your personal style as a photographer. Why do you like a particular subject? What is the most challenging aspect of photography for you?
I still wanna know what we get for extra credit!

This is one of my all-time favorite photos. I took this late last summer after the artichokes had gone to bloom. One day there were honeybees almost swarming around the plants. They were so intent on getting the good stuff from the blossoms, they didn't care how close I got.

Clicking on the photo will enlarge it a bit more.

I love this photo for a couple of things - the detail on the bee, of course, but also the vibrant almost neon colors of the artichoke flower.

And for my extra credit (what? Carly's giving me an all expense paid trip to Paris?!): I'm very new to photography, so don't know that I have a style yet. I love macro photography because I get to see things in the photo that I didn't even see in real time, like the pattern in the bee's wings. I'm beginning to see art and beauty in places I never expected. I love playing with light and shadow, and I love taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary in the way I photograph it.

Right now the most challenging aspect is learning my camera. There are settings on it I haven't even tried yet; and I want to learn more about the manual settings. Some photog classes in the near future will help answer some of those questions.


Carly said...

Hi Terri :)

OUTSTANDING! Gosh the color is so vibrant, and the detail is just amazing! Isn't macro photography just fun? Great pic. Thanks for doing the assignment this week.


gwenlyn said...

Everytime I see one of your shots I get the phoms! Is there such a thing as photoharmony?

Jientje said...

Stunning!!!! Absolutely stunning picture!!! VERY WELL DONE!

Jama said...

This is a stunning macro!

Suzanne R said...

Such wonderful detail of the bee, especially her wing. Very excellent macro!

Fernando Pagán said...

Really fantastic shot!Congratulations.

Laura said...

From the bright color, I would have thought that was an underwater coral (not sure how the bee would get underwater though!) Awesome color contrast.

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