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Apr 10, 2016 03:12 |  #1

Not much time with the camera lately, and some roller coaster weather, so I shoot what I can and lately that's been Mason bees.

Technique: It was a cool morning (17C) and the sun had gone behind the clouds. So I went looking for something that might be effected by the sudden lack of heat and I found this male Red Mason Bee.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 400) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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Technique: This female Red Mason Bee stopped for a moment on a leaf to sun herself and do some maintenance. It's a pretty common behavior, and the trick is to move slow enough so that she doesn't get spooked before I can get a few frames.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 400) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens (1x) + a diffused MT-24EX with both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering. Early morning diffused sunlight to camera right. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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Apr 10, 2016 11:31 |  #2

Wonderful shots John. Love the first one in particular on the pink - I thought you only had yellow flowers in your garden lol.

At 17c here, they would be zipping about lol.

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Apr 10, 2016 14:10 |  #3

LindaB wrote in post #17967021 (external link)
Wonderful shots John. Love the first one in particular on the pink - I thought you only had yellow flowers in your garden lol.

At 17c here, they would be zipping about lol.

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I'm trying some different colors this year -tired of exposing for yellow ;)

I've noticed that the bees in different areas get active at different temps. The solitary bees at my sister in laws house, at a much higher elevation, get active in cooler weather. The bees at sea level where I am seem to need more heat. That Mason bee didn't take too long to get active though, so the sun going behind the clouds just slowed him down.


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Apr 10, 2016 15:11 |  #4

Dalantech wrote in post #17967156 (external link)
I'm trying some different colors this year -tired of exposing for yellow ;)

I've noticed that the bees in different areas get active at different temps. The solitary bees at my sister in laws house, at a much higher elevation, get active in cooler weather. The bees at sea level where I am seem to need more heat. That Mason bee didn't take too long to get active though, so the sun going behind the clouds just slowed him down.

I think the pink works better - lovely pastel shades would look nice against a bees colouring as I think bright yellow can be a bit harsh. I think some of my best results last year were on the pink Cosmos flowers for both the little Lassioglossum bees and hovers.

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Apr 10, 2016 15:33 |  #5

LindaB wrote in post #17967237 (external link)
I think the pink works better - lovely pastel shades would look nice against a bees colouring as I think bright yellow can be a bit harsh. I think some of my best results last year were on the pink Cosmos flowers for both the little Lassioglossum bees and hovers.

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Sounds good!


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Apr 11, 2016 00:53 |  #6

Lovely captures- esp #1
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Apr 11, 2016 01:48 |  #7

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Lovely captures- esp #1
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thanks Brian 8-)

Those glossy black eyes have done more to influence my diffusion than anything else that I shoot.


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