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Dalantech
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May 22, 2015 11:30 |  #1

"Hungry Moth"

Hungry enough to put up with me and the camera :)

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: Find a moth in the house, gently trap it under a glass, inject sugar syrup into a flower and place it under the glass. When the moth starts feeding carefully raise the glass and take a lot of pictures. The critter will be constantly moving it's antenna, so you'll end up with a lot of frames that just won't work. The down side to using a yellow flower is that it acts like a bounce card and the resulting image is going to be very "warm".

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ta9Q​PH] (external link)Hungry Moth I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

"Tree House IV"

Another angle of the Red Mason Bee from Tree House III. Sadly this little guy is probably gone now since the males only live long enough to mate. The females are busy building nests in the same tree through, so I'll see his offspring next year.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I had to camp out in front of this tree, early in the morning, for quite some time before the little guy got use to me and the camera. We played a lot of "Bee-Ka-Boo".

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/sVZi​2W] (external link)Tree House IV (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

"Almost Awake"

Not long after I took this frame the bee decided that it had enough of me and the camera :)

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I went looking for something to shoot early in the morning and found this bee snoozing in one of my Lavender plants, but it was 21C and it didn't take long for it to get active. Shot with an artificial flower for the background.

IMAGE: https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7792/17280276703_fe9248ef26_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/sjZW​ee] (external link)Almost Awake (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

"21 Spot Ladybug on Sage"

Very tiny ladybug, and I think that's an egg in front of it (not sure what is is though).

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (+2/3 FEC no Kaiser flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: My wife spotted this ladybug that's only about 2mm long while gardening. I shot it with an artificial flower in the background, and the haze around the edges is natural -due to the fine "hairs" on the Sage leaf.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/sq1Z​pb] (external link)21 Spot Ladybug on Sage (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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May 22, 2015 11:40 |  #2

Stunning pics, what more can I say.

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May 22, 2015 13:29 |  #3

Wonderful pics John, the detail is really excellent.


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May 22, 2015 15:40 |  #4

Excellent set, great details


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May 22, 2015 16:57 |  #5

Excellent set John


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May 22, 2015 21:32 |  #6

great set john, esp "Tree House IV"


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May 23, 2015 00:30 |  #7

Lovely captures
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May 23, 2015 06:02 |  #8

Thanks folks :)


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May 23, 2015 10:12 |  #9

Wonderful set John and I really enjoy your informative narratives :)


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May 23, 2015 10:16 |  #10

CanopicJar wrote in post #17567958external link
Wonderful set John and I really enjoy your informative narratives :)

I agree completely. I like your use of the artificial flowers for backgrounds.


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May 24, 2015 02:38 |  #11

Excellent work John.


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May 24, 2015 03:07 |  #12

CanopicJar wrote in post #17567958external link
Wonderful set John and I really enjoy your informative narratives :)

I agree ... thanks for taking the time.


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May 25, 2015 01:09 |  #13

Thanks again folks -happy to help with the techniques.


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