Image taken Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Posted Friday, March 28, 2014
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An Australian Stingless Bee collecting pollen from a sunflower.


At home, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Evelyn loves her sunflowers, so she and Lui planted three in the front yard. Once they flowered, the bees were all over it.

This is an Australian Stingless Bee - see here for more info on the bee.

This is captured from a video I shot for my One Second Per Day project (3 months in, 9 months to go).

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (macro mode)
ISO 400 (Movie mode - still taken from a video)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Capture frame from video. I had a hard time getting access to the frame after I captured it - I eventually had to rename the file in Finder and re-import it.
  2. Basic: Exposure +0.3 stops, highlights +100, shadows +40, clarity +45, vibrance +45, saturation -5, temperature -25.
  3. Hue: Red +30, Orange +30
  4. Luminance: Yellow +10

The wash-up:

I wasn't able to mimic the yellow colour as much as I wanted to.

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