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  #219 Curves
Entry 7 of 22
Watching The Flight Path       ©2019 hifi
Panasonic DC-G9       7th place, 80 points
1/2500s, f5.1, ISO 1250, 426mm, Shutter Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: combined multi shots from high speed burst of bee in flight, modified colours, denoise and sharpen       Extra Info: this is a multiple exposure shot
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Aug 16, 2019
    Hi ysal, you can use PS to cut out the insects, but you are correct- it can be quite tricky. There are 2 methods I use to do this, depending on the background. If the OOF background is not complex, I might just copy the insect and some surrouning area along with it and then blend the layer edges together with the healing tool. For more complex work, I highly suggest you look at a piece of software called Topaz ReMask. I have been using this for a long time and have achieved great results with it. There are some wonderful tutorials on Youtube showing how it works, but the software is quite simple to use and very effective.

Aug 14, 2019
    Congrats on your top ten finish!

I’m impressed with your Photoshop work because I find it difficult to cut out fine features such as the legs of these bees. Do you just use the select tool or is there another trick?

Aug 13, 2019
    Wow! Congrats on your unconventional entry and a great finish! Good to see you back in the challenges. Hope you'll be back often.

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Aug 12, 2019
    Excellent execution of a clever idea to capture a moving curve. Focus is excellent, as well as lighting and bokeh.

Aug 12, 2019
    Thanks everyone for your comments! The process of having the multiple bee/butterfly shots put together is just Photoshop work. I am taking a single exposure with the bee/butterfly as the base later and cutting out the other insects from a burst and pasting them in the base layer, then flatten all the layers to make a single composite image. I use Photoshop to do this, but there are probably other image editing programs that will do the same. One tool I often use is Topaz Remask which can really help in isolating the insects from their background.

For the camera, I am using the G9 which also really helps in doing stuff like this, because it has a very fast burst rate, and has a 6k photo mode which captures 18MP jpg's at 30 fps. There is also a SH2 burst mode which captures full size 20MP jpg and raw at 60fps! (but only captures 50 frames). Another main feature of the G9, which works in both 6K photo and SH2 burst modes, is the pre-burst option which is just incredible. You can capture the instant the bird/insect takes off along with the burst of the flight pattern, then bring the images into a single composite image. Fun stuff!

Aug 11, 2019
    Beautifully done. The circular motion of the bee along with the curving leaves of the thistle make this perfect for the theme. The detail against the blurred background is perfect.

Aug 11, 2019
    I've always fancied having a go at something like this. It worked out well for you but it's a shame there is no detail in the bees bum.

Aug 11, 2019
    Very creative. A good photo technically.

Aug 9, 2019
    I think this is a great effect, I must try soon! I think the real subject of this image is the nice curved leaf (?) of the flower which unfortunately is out of focus. I like how the bee(s) is creating a circle around that curve.

Aug 9, 2019
    Interesting and intriguing take on the challenge. Quite novel in my opinion. Flight path is more circular than curved but I guess one could argue that a circle is a meta curve. On the other hand, there are several curves emanating from the plant. Well done.

Aug 9, 2019
    I don't think that the multiple bees do anything to help this shot. The flower head has its own curves and it would be a beautiful shot without the bees. The background bokeh is lovely.

Aug 8, 2019
    Cleverly shot.
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