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Dalantech
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May 02, 2015 17:35 |  #1

Sorry folks -this is gonna be a long one...

This female miner bee look like she's eating this flower's stamen, but she's really rust trying to anchor herself while she packs pollen onto her hind legs.

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: It was windy, so it was easy for me to grab onto the flower that the bee was in without spooking it. Once I had the flower's stem in my left index finger and thumb I I rested the lens on that same hand and waited until I could get an angle that would make the most out of the shallow depth at almost 3x. Lots and lots of frames...

IMAGE: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7746/17161144569_1c0feaba70_b.jpg

This tiny wasp seems to be striking a pose.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (@4x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: Early morning shot, so the subject was just semi-active. As it moved around the flower I looked for angles that would make the most out of the depth at 4x. I used a concrete fence post for the background.

IMAGE: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8859/17341967765_ccbfdbc759_b.jpg

Technique: I was holding on to the twig that the beetle was on with my left hand, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. Then as the critter moved I looked for an interesting angle to shoot it from -lots of deleted frames. The background is a piece of blue plexiglass with some glossy photo paper behind it.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8782/17319826871_4db2661a1e_b.jpg

Everyone that I've showed this frame to says that it looks like something different to each of them , so instead or prejudicing your imagination with a title I'm just going to tell you that it's a Long Horned Beetle shot at five times life size.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (@5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: This one is really simple -it was just early in the morning and the beetle was lethargic, temperature around 16C. As always I'm looking for a magic angle that makes the most out of what little depth there is at high magnification. The background is a piece of blue plexiglass with some glossy photo paper behind it.

IMAGE: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8765/17134214239_58ed259d23_b.jpg

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May 03, 2015 00:49 |  #2

Lovely captures John - esp like the last beetle.
Think your tiny wasp is a sawfly.
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May 03, 2015 01:11 |  #3

LordV wrote in post #17541278external link
Lovely captures John - esp like the last beetle.
Think your tiny wasp is a sawfly.
Brian v.


Thanks for the ID Brian -running around to the places I posted the shot and editing the text ;)


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