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Posted by
Spike (not Bristol, United Kingdom) on 24 March 2010 in Animal & Insect.

This little chap had come up for air in between enthusiastic bouts of flower-diving.

The "big" camera was still in the bag; this was a lucky catch with the pont-and-shoot a second or two before the little crittur took off.

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

dang from Atlanta, United States

Good going in acting quick, they don't give much time. Honey bee of some type, but I can't be sure of the species.

24 Mar 2010 5:36am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Must be a pretty special point and shoot - one of those little Canons perhaps?
Great macro shot, sharp and pretty noise free.

24 Mar 2010 8:56pm

@Curly: It's a Ricoh CX-2. Venerable brand, not the best known, but has some neat tricks up its sleeve and is a joy to use. The image here was pretty good to start, but has been through some processing: noise reduction in the smooth areas, deblurring (deconvolution, not unsharp mask) around the bee, and a touch of local-constrast enhancement.

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

An incredibly good shot for a P&S camera. Great detail and those petals look like velvet.

24 Mar 2010 9:58pm

@Michael: Thank you. It's a nice little camera :-) The photo's had a bit of processing (see above) but the original is pretty good.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Sweet! The colours are splendid here and the bee´s crisp and sharp - top!

25 Mar 2010 7:22am

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This looks really good. The textures are so detailed I could reach out and touch it! Great job, especially for the little Ricoh p&s. I shall have to look into 'deblurring and deconvolution' as I tend to just rely on unsharp mask now that I've switched back to the bayer sensor and it doesn't always do what I want it to.


25 Mar 2010 5:21pm

@drphoto: Thanks, Dan. Deconvolution has been around for a while; I don't really know why it's not more mainstream by now, although I hear Photoshop CS4 has it as one of the more obscure sharpening options.

I use FocusMagic. It's a little old now (a promised update has been queued behind Real Work for several years), but it works well. The freeware raw converter RawTherapee also has deconvolution as an alternative to unsharp mask.

If you're a Mac user, you'll probably need to look at FocusFixer, or dig down into CS4 if you have it.