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Dalantech
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Apr 20, 2015 12:38 |  #1

The female Mason Bees are hatching from the dead tree in my yard, and I'm hoping that the new generation builds their nest in it as well.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: Go looking for bees that didn't find shelter early in the morning when their metabolism is low. This girl surprised me because it was 14C and she was semi active. I took her to my patio table perched on a Dandelion and took this shot with an artificial flower in the background (keeps the background from being black due to flash falloff). Footnote: I'm not comfortable shooting with the camera vertically, but my gallery would be a little boring if every image was horizontal. To get a "vertical" shot I hold the camera horizontally and frame for a vertical composition (adjusting the flash so the lighting is from "above" and not "below").

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Apr 20, 2015 13:04 |  #2

Lovely capture.

Thanks again for divulging the technique.


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Apr 20, 2015 13:19 |  #3

Great capture.


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Apr 21, 2015 07:24 |  #4

Great eye shot - and thanks for the info.


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Apr 21, 2015 14:17 |  #5

Thanks folks :)


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