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A bee and a beetle

 
Dalantech
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Apr 19, 2015 12:25 |  #1

Since most of the people who visit macro forums are also macro photographers I've been including all of the information that I'm posting with my images on Flickr and Deviant Art. Let me know if you like it, or if it's not necessary (since most of you shoot macro anyway).

A female Miner Bee foraging for pollen. Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I'm holding on to the flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. As the bee moves around the flower I rotate the stem to keep it looking at the camera (helps the viewer to connect with the subject and to maximize my chances of getting a usable image). I pay attention to the area that I want to be in focus, and use my peripheral vision to compose the frame. I'm also twisting the camera in my hand, and the flower's stem, so that I can lay the flat area of acceptable focus over as much of the curves in the scene (the bee's head and the flower).

Conditions: Partly cloudy with temps in the 18C range and a light wind. Due to the breeze I was able to grab onto the stem without the bee noticing. Also when the sun went behind the clouds its metabolism would tank, making it easier to get close.

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This beetle likes to eat my Lavender flowers. Now it's in the neighbors yard :D

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I got it to climb onto a sunflower petal and I held it in front of an artificial sunflower for the background (easier to shoot at the patio table than the garden). The tricky part was following it with the camera and shooting it while it moved.

IMAGE: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7659/16990816977_97879879f6_b.jpg

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Apr 19, 2015 13:49 |  #2

It's Rosemary's Baby all over again! :evil:


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Apr 20, 2015 00:34 |  #3

I love the shots, and really appreciate the technique explanation.


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Apr 20, 2015 00:44 |  #4

Lovely captures John
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Apr 20, 2015 04:05 |  #5

Superb shots as usual.


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Apr 20, 2015 12:37 |  #6

Thanks folks :)


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Apr 21, 2015 07:26 |  #7

The pictures are excellent and really like the info added with them.


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Apr 21, 2015 14:17 |  #8

chrisa2007 wrote in post #17526112external link
...and really like the info added with them.

Thanks -gonna make that a habit.


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