Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read More.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Macro
Thread started 23 Oct 2015 (Friday) 11:12
Prev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)

Bees and a Dragon

 
Dalantech
Goldmember
Dalantech's Avatar
Joined Jul 2006
Bacoli, Italy
Oct 23, 2015 11:12 |  #1

Sorry for the long post, but got some explaining to do with this set.

Technique: It was early in the morning and this Wool Carder Bee was having a tough time getting its metabolism going. I was holding onto the stem of that flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. The bee would occasionally move, and when it stopped I'd roll the flower's stem with my fingers to turn the critter toward the camera and look for a composition. Sometimes it would clamp onto a petal and go back to sleep.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x and 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/742/21682974863_b1aa0cc9de_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/z33V​1c] (external link)zzzZZZzzzZZZ (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/620/22174318720_e1265a4e41_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zMtb​q1] (external link)Sleep Walking III (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: I'm not sure why it happens, but sometimes a bee's metabolism will drop and they become immobile. Sometimes it happens due to drops in temperature, or when the sun goes behind the clouds on a cool day. But that normally effects small solitary bees, not large ones like this bumblebee and it was at least 23C (73F) when I took this photo.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F13, 1/60, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 25mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX with head "A" set as the key and head "B" as the fill. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5760/21701476983_8faa5f8dfc_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/z4FK​3g] (external link)Bumblebee Resting on Mint (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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

Technique: These Sweat Bees will go all the way to the bottom of the flower looking for nectar. It was windy, so it was easy for me to grab onto the flower without spooking it. Once I had the flower's stem in my left index finger and thumb I rested the lens on that same hand and waited until the critter came to the top. As the critter surfaced I slowly turned the flower so I could get a good angle, one that would make the most out of what little depth there is at almost 3x.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5690/22146502880_300de06057_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zK1B​Jy] (external link)Sweat Bee in a Sour Grass Flower II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Coelioxys sp. Leaf Cutter Cuckoo Bee

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I went looking for dormant bees early in the morning and found this Cuckoo Bee sleeping in my Lavender. After it woke up I placed it next to a Daisy and it went back to sleep. I used an artificial flower behind it to keep the background from being black.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5732/22202395829_3bf1834515_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zPX5​L6] (external link)Sleeping Cuckoo Bee II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I wanted to get some full body shots of this dragonfly, but it woke up before I could finish the portraits.

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

Technique: Early morning shot while it was still a little lethargic, although it only gave me time for a few portrait shots (about 22C). I was holding on to the leaf it was perched on, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. An artificial flower kept the background from being black.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/667/22223773290_5dfb060542_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zRQD​x1] (external link)Dragonfly Portrait III (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

My Gallery (external link)
My Blog (external link)
Macro Tutorials (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
abhilaashps
Junior Member
20 posts
Joined Oct 2015
Oct 23, 2015 14:32 |  #2

Good one




LOG IN TO REPLY
CanopicJar
Goldmember
CanopicJar's Avatar
Joined May 2014
Bethel, Ohio
Oct 23, 2015 15:06 |  #3

Outstanding set John. All great, but number one is superb :)


Travis
Canon 70D | Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 STM | Canon 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM | Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 USM | Twin Speedlite 270EX II's | Speedlite 550EX | Set of tubes
flickr (external link) My other hobby (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
racketman
Cream of the Crop
racketman's Avatar
20,642 posts
Gallery: 12 photos
Joined Oct 2005
Richmond Surrey
Oct 23, 2015 15:47 |  #4

nice set, particularly like the Cuckoo bee.


Toby
6D, 80D, 100D & Olympus EM-1 MKII
Flickr collections (external link)
Gear

LOG IN TO REPLY
Dalantech
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Dalantech's Avatar
Joined Jul 2006
Bacoli, Italy
Oct 23, 2015 16:06 |  #5

Thanks abhilaashps, Travis, and Toby :)


My Gallery (external link)
My Blog (external link)
Macro Tutorials (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
tnp
Member
149 posts
Joined Oct 2015
Oct 24, 2015 01:21 |  #6

Awesome set!




LOG IN TO REPLY
LindaB
Cream of the Crop
LindaB's Avatar
11,374 posts
Joined Sep 2006
Surrey (UK)
Oct 27, 2015 04:02 |  #7

A wonderful set of pics John

Linda


http://lindabuckell.ze​nfolio.com/ (external link)
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/dragonwings55/ (external link)
Canon 7D Mk II and Canon 7D |40D |G12 | 350d (300D long gone)
400 F5.6L|70-200 F4L IS|24-105 F4L[COLOR=black] IS|18-55
Macro: 100mm F2.8L IS|100mm| F2.8 |60mm F2.8.

LOG IN TO REPLY
Dalantech
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Dalantech's Avatar
Joined Jul 2006
Bacoli, Italy
Oct 27, 2015 12:27 |  #8

Thanks tnp and Linda 8-)


My Gallery (external link)
My Blog (external link)
Macro Tutorials (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)

2,002 views & 4 likes for this thread
Bees and a Dragon
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Macro


Not a member yet? Click here to register to the forums.
Registered members get all the features: search, following threads, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, settings, view hosted photos, own reviews and more...


AAA

Send feedback to staff    •   Jump to forum...    •   Rules    •   Index    •   New posts    •   RTAT    •   'Best of'    •   Gallery    •   Gear    •   Reviews    •   Polls

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Privacy policy and cookie usage info.

POWERED BY AMASS 1.4version 1.4
made in Finland
by Pekka Saarinen
for photography-on-the.net
Spent 0.00119 for 6 database queries.
PAGE COMPLETED IN 0.04s
Latest registered member is erpmason
999 guests, 487 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 6106, that happened on Jun 09, 2016