Sepia in Spring

It has been cold here and while that is fine since it is winter, I do find myself looking forward to warmer weather and longer sunlit days.  A few days ago I was looking back through some photos from the spring and I found one I hadn’t yet edited.

ISO 800 100mm 0ev f/5.6 1/60
ISO 800 100mm 0ev f/5.6 1/60

I have a series of pictures of this bee and I have been trying to edit them in different ways.  Here is one edited version:

ISO 800 100mm 0ev f/5.6 1/60
ISO 800 100mm 0ev f/5.6 1/60

This version I edited in Aperture.  I cropped it, put it in a sepia tone, and sharpened it.  I like this version, not really sure if I love it.  I think this photo shows one of the downsides to not having a macro lens.  With a macro lens, this picture would be sharper, even before editing.  My kit lens did a decent job though.  I think the 50mm lens I have wouldn’t have worked because I was having trouble getting any closer to the bee.

So, what do you think? do you like sepia for this particular subject matter? Your comments are welcome in the comments section.




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  1. As you say, using an 18-55 lens means you would have to get in closer and scare it away. Sometimes it’s lens over macro. I wish that I could get in close to bees and especially butterflies 🙂


      1. Yeah when I got the shot I did last year I was happy. It’s nowhere near as good as some of them that I see, but I was fairly happy with it. Maybe one day, I’ll get a good shot of one. I can hope


      2. Haha yes 😀 Once I’ve deleted the jpg’s I then have to delete the corresponding RAW’s. That bit will be the slow bit as they don’t have previews


  2. Yes, I really like what you have done with the cropping and the sepia tone. It creates an intimate atmosphere like we are in there with the bee, I think the sepia monotone has a unifying effect because it decreases the colour contrast between the bee and the flowers, allowing us it focus on shape and texture.


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