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.
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. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/G8FNsK]Taking a Break by John Kimbler, on Flickr