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Mar 08, 2016 14:41 |  #1

The first three frames are from last year and the last one is new.

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.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F10, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 1x to over 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/EPqz​gb] (external link)Sleep Walking VIII (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DWGs​8e] (external link)Sleep Walking IX (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ECQz​SL] (external link)Sleep Walking VII (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: I found this Flower Chafer Beetle covered in pollen and shot it by grabbing onto the flower and forcing it to come up behind the critter so I could use it to keep the background from being black. Then I just rested the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 3.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1 1/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DYco​63] (external link)Pollen Like Snow (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Mar 08, 2016 15:25 |  #2

great ones! esp the 1st one


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Mar 08, 2016 22:14 |  #3

alquimista wrote in post #17928409 (external link)
great ones! esp the 1st one

Thanks :) The first one is my favorite of this set as well.


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Mar 08, 2016 22:18 |  #4

Amazing set!
I really need that lens!


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Mar 08, 2016 22:33 |  #5

5280Pics wrote in post #17928788 (external link)
Amazing set!
I really need that lens!

Thanks :)

All of those images could have been taken with an EF-S 60mm and a full set of extension tubes. So you really don't need the lens, you need the experience shooting macro and getting close to subjects that don't want you to be close. I say that not to put you down but to remind everyone that it's your skill, and the willingness of the subject, that determines if you can take a shot and not the gear. For about every image I post there are two or three that I didn't even get the chance to take because the critter said no...


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Mar 08, 2016 23:42 |  #6

Wonderful shots, and thanks for the background information.


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Mar 10, 2016 02:03 as a reply to BasAndrews's post |  #7

Thanks Bas 8-)


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Mar 10, 2016 04:43 |  #8

Dalantech wrote in post #17928800 (external link)
Thanks :)

All of those images could have been taken with an EF-S 60mm and a full set of extension tubes. So you really don't need the lens, you need the experience shooting macro and getting close to subjects that don't want you to be close. I say that not to put you down but to remind everyone that it's your skill, and the willingness of the subject, that determines if you can take a shot and not the gear. For about every image I post there are two or three that I didn't even get the chance to take because the critter said no...

That is quite a high ratio, for centipedes and millipedes I would be happy with 1 in 10.
For stick insects I probably get 1 in 3.
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Mar 10, 2016 07:19 |  #9

davholla wrote in post #17930212 (external link)
That is quite a high ratio, for centipedes and millipedes I would be happy with 1 in 10.
For stick insects I probably get 1 in 3.
Nice photos.

Thanks 8-)

Some days are definitely better than others :)


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Mar 10, 2016 07:50 |  #10

Wonderful shots as usual John.
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Mar 10, 2016 10:30 |  #11

LindaB wrote in post #17930303 (external link)
Wonderful shots as usual John.
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Thanks Linda 8-)


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