Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Paper Wasp

This evening I found this wasp building a nest on the branch of a flowering shrub along my neighbourhood dog walking route.  I had actually stopped to take some pictures of the beautiful blossoms when the movement of the wasp caught my attention.  I love how the nest looks like it grew there!

I decided to use a gradient map adjustment to change the photo to black and white and then use a layer mask to remove the black and white adjustment from the wasp itself.  I bumped up the hue/saturation to give the wasp a little more of a colour pop and then I added the quote about anger.  I tried adding a texture, but with the natural texture in the wooden fence and the wasp nest I decided to leave well enough alone.

This photo is being linked to Texture TuesdaySweet Shot TuesdayOur World TuesdayThis or That ThursdaysPhoto Art FridayShoot, Edit, Submit, Fabulous Friday and Photo Friday Link Party.

72 comments:

  1. Creepy!! I had my own unexpected run in with a wasps nest this last week. I think you took it much more calmly :) Great photo, the b&w makes the nest look like something else entirely.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks April. I have to say I do love such things. One day I'm sure I'll get stung, but until then I will continue to be fascinated and focussed on the opportunity for a great photo op!

      P.S. Was it your pic. I was just looking at? And if so, I hope the toe is feeling better. LOL

      Delete
  2. Great shot and quote... (I'm scared of wasps though.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I haven't been stung (yet) so for now I'm just fascinated by them.

      Delete
  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Michelle. It really was a lucky find. I'll probably to back to see how the nest is developing.

      Delete
  4. Bees are so cute and bumble bees but I really hate wasps!!!! Grrr....

    Nice shot, really nice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I must say I wouldn't want this nest on my back deck, but I do find paper wasps fascinating.

      Delete
  5. Gorgeous shot and I love the edit! I wouldn't be brave enough to be anywhere near there!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Kate. I think there's a fine line between bravery and stupidity. I guess if I get stung I know I've crossed it. LOL

      Delete
  6. Lovely image and great quote! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great quote! It goes well with the photo too. I like how you used the B&W gradient map and then brought back some of the color - so effective!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Pat. I love photos that just have that little pop of colour.

      Delete
  8. What a great shot Linda. The quote is perfect!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Cherie. I'm certainly glad to have found such a fitting quote.

      Delete
  9. I love this! It came out just perfect!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jean. I went back today to try to get some more shots.

      Delete
  10. Great shot--and I love that quote, don't think I've heard it before!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jaymi. I did a google search for the quote. I hadn't hear of it before either.

      Delete
  11. We have one of these wasp nests in our barbeque. We keep knocking them off but they come back and make another. Lovely photo and processing. Valerie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Valerie. I know it would be a nuisance in the barbecue, but think of it as a great photo op!

      Delete
  12. What a great capture and the perfect quote for it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. this turned out beautiful! it is amazing really how they build those nests!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Tanya. I find wasp's and their nests fascinating so I was thrilled to find this one building at a convenient height for me to photograph it. ;~)

      Delete
  14. Perfect quote, beautiful photo.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Kate. Have an art-full day!

      Delete
  15. This is an awesome (but scary for me!) image and I love the selective color. Very cool -- the quote matches perfectly. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Nancy. Welcome to my blog. I see you've joined as my newest follower. Have a wonderfully creative day!

      Delete
  16. Great shot Linda! Love the way you put it all together! Lovely work!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kathy. It was a lucky find. I love taking macro shots like this.

      Delete
  17. Your post processing of this shot is awesome. Love how the wasp is the only color against the black and white.It is such a striking photo. genie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Genie. It was a fun photo to process.

      Delete
  18. Usually too shy to comment, but this is a very nice picture!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much. Your comment is appreciated! Have a super day.

      Delete
  19. Wasps nests are so intricate and delicate but you have captured this one beautifully.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much. Have a wonderfully creative weekend!

      Delete
  20. nice shot! is it original or photoshopt?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Tina. As the post says, the photo is original. The only photoshopping was the gradient map and layer mask to achieve the B/W with the touch of colour and then adding the text. Other than that, that's the shot I took with my iPhone.

      Delete
  21. Nice shot! I have become weary lately since I recently got stung and it wiped me out for the rest of the day. Take care. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. The fascination still has me taking the risk, but then I've never been stung...(yet)...

      Delete
  22. Great shot! I found one in our backyard too. I'm so eager to take a photo while the wasp is at work but my severe allergic reaction to wasp's bite once is keeping me so far away from it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I can certainly see your hesitation. Maybe you can get someone else to take the shot for you. If not, just enjoy from afar. Have a great weekend.

      Delete
  23. This is wonderful - your processing is so striking! And what a fitting quote to go with it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Sherri. I must say I do love this shot.

      Delete
  24. What a great combination of black and white and selective color!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Heidi. It's fun to just have that one pop of colour isn't it.

      Delete
  25. Wow! Just wow! So glad I found your blog!! And the quote on the photo is TRUE!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Shannon. I'm glad you found it too. Have a great weekend.

      Delete
  26. This is a wonderful capture and edit, Linda! I think the mark of a true artist is knowing when to 'leave well enough alone'. Thank you for sharing your piece and your process with PAF.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Bonnie. Your black and white inspiration is what got me started, but as you can see I needed a bit of colour to make it pop.

      Delete
  27. it's a great piece. I love the quote you use as well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks you! Have a wonderfully artful weekend.

      Delete
  28. so artistic...and creative....and brave!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Phyllis. It wasn't so brave. There was only the one wasp and he seemed pretty much occupied with his building.

      Delete
  29. This is fabulous. What a great find on your walk. The edition of the color on the wasp really makes this piece extra special and I'm glad you left well enough alone as it couldn't have turned out any better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Ida. It really was a lucky find.

      Delete
  30. Replies
    1. Thank you. I'm very pleased with how it all came out.

      Delete
  31. Perfect pairing of quote and photo! I like your use of selective color here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Pat. That little pop of yellow really works in this piece.

      Delete
  32. Replies
    1. Thank you. It's one of my favorites right now. Have a wonderfully ARTFul week!

      Delete
  33. This is a great shot. I hope you were using a zoom lens, so you didn't have to get too close. I like the honeycomb pattern of the wasp nest. Nice processing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Marilyn. And no, I took it with my iPhone, so I was right up close.

      Delete
  34. Always enjoy the color masking technique - very lovely processing. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Karen. It's a fun technique to play with.

      Delete
  35. Great editing of your photograph, what an opportunity to find this setting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Kaylene. It was a great discovery when I found that wasp nest under construction. I may go back next week and see if it's getting bigger.

      Delete

I love to hear what you think . Thanks for your comment .

I've had to add moderation because of a lot of spam, but your message will be posted soon. Thank you!
Linda

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.