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A Mason and a Miner

 
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May 09, 2016 07:05 |  #1

Male of Megachile (Chalicodoma) parietina.

Technique: It was a cool day (18C) with partly cloudy skies and intermittent light showers -perfect weather to go looking for solitary bees since they'll have a tough time keeping their metabolism up. I got lucky and found this Mason bee semi-dormant in my Lavender. Occasionally it would move, and when it paused I'd look for an interesting composition.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 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. I used an artificial flower to keep the background from being black.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/G1Co​Ka] (external link)Get My Good Side (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: Nesting Miner Bee Deconstruction (external link).

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GRE3​Vb] (external link)Nesting Miner Bee (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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May 10, 2016 00:22 |  #2

Lovely captures John
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May 10, 2016 00:29 |  #3

Whoa! Outstanding photos. I really apprecite seeing the full disclosure from technique to gear. Thanks for sharing.


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May 10, 2016 07:36 |  #4

Thanks Brian and Nate 8-)

NateD wrote in post #18001939 (external link)
...I really apprecite seeing the full disclosure from technique to gear. Thanks for sharing.

Happy to help :)


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May 10, 2016 08:25 |  #5

Wonderful shots John.


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May 10, 2016 10:50 |  #6

Nice photos but 18C in April is not cool, I have gone in the sea in August and it was 18C air temperature (don't stop moving is a very important at this temperature).




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May 10, 2016 22:17 |  #7

Thanks Bas and Davholla 8-)

davholla wrote in post #18002323 (external link)
Nice photos but 18C in April is not cool, I have gone in the sea in August and it was 18C air temperature (don't stop moving is a very important at this temperature).

There was a cool breeze, and the sun kept dipping behind the clouds. Maybe I should have said "cool enough to slow the Mason bee down".


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May 11, 2016 11:10 |  #8

Wonderful shots as usual John - love that second one as its coming out of the nest.

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May 11, 2016 11:50 |  #9

LindaB wrote in post #18003636 (external link)
Wonderful shots as usual John - love that second one as its coming out of the nest.

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Thanks Linda 8-)


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