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Blue Banded Bees in flight

 
nardes
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Oct 06, 2017 03:46 |  #1

Blue Banded Bees in flight, visiting a Sacred Bamboo shrub in our back garden. Sadly, over the last couple of years, their numbers have dwindled and we rarely see them now.:-(

Cheers

Dennis

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Oct 06, 2017 03:54 |  #2

Very nice Dennis always hard to catch them flying these are good




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Oct 06, 2017 05:06 |  #3

Most excellent! :-)


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Oct 06, 2017 14:51 |  #4

These are terrific!


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Oct 06, 2017 18:33 |  #5

Always enjoy seeing these in the garden :)
nicely done , cheers


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Oct 07, 2017 00:53 |  #6

Wonderful BIF captures
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Oct 07, 2017 03:47 |  #7

lesno1 wrote in post #18467025 (external link)
Very nice Dennis always hard to catch them flying these are good

Thanks for your comments lesno1, I appreciate them.:-)

Snowyman wrote in post #18467056 (external link)
Most excellent! :-)

Thank you Snowyman, the bees were quite cooperative on this occasion.:-)

FPP wrote in post #18467356 (external link)
These are terrific!

Thanks FPP, I appreciate your comments.:-)

justrick wrote in post #18467483 (external link)
Always enjoy seeing these in the garden :)
nicely done , cheers

Thanks justirck, I appreciate your comments.:-)

And yes, they are quite striking bees to watch.

LordV wrote in post #18467639 (external link)
Wonderful BIF captures
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Thanks Brian, I appreciate your comments.:-)

I guess I should also add your name to the credits ;-)a, as I have implemented your suggestion of using a bean pole, in my case a 1.5 metre length of 25mm dia dowel which has proven to be very versatile and adaptable with these fast-moving insects.:-)

Cheers

Dennis




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Oct 07, 2017 10:32 |  #8

Wonderful captures, these are very lovely bees.


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Oct 07, 2017 14:04 |  #9

Wow


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Oct 07, 2017 14:16 |  #10

Superb! Amazing skill involved.


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Oct 07, 2017 14:43 |  #11

WOW These are Awesome shots!


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Oct 07, 2017 15:00 |  #12

Lester Wareham wrote in post #18467825 (external link)
Wonderful captures, these are very lovely bees.

AZGeorge wrote in post #18467941 (external link)
Wow

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18467943 (external link)
Superb! Amazing skill involved.

Gnhntn wrote in post #18467962 (external link)
WOW These are Awesome shots!

Thanks for your comments Lester, George, Jake and Gnhntn, I appreciate them.:-)

Just for info, here is the home made macro rig that helped me grab these agile beauties.

Cheers

Dennis


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Oct 08, 2017 03:52 |  #13

very sharp for flight shots


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Post has been edited 12 days ago by nardes with reason 'low speed, not high speed drive mode.'.
Oct 08, 2017 04:13 |  #14

racketman wrote in post #18468258 (external link)
very sharp for flight shots

Thanks.:-)

Illumination was provided by the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II and I was able to use low speed continuous shooting (around 3-4 fps) and with the Canon external battery pack, the Speedlite kept up with the bursts.

The Canon Speedlite 580 EX II User Manual writes that the flash duration (normal) is 1.2ms or shorter, so I assume that a shorter flash duration than 1.2ms was used (E-TTL II Mode with +2/3 FEC) which has nicely frozen the action, as the bees were perhaps only some 15-30 CMS from the front of the lens.

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