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Feeding Bumblebee Set

 
Dalantech
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Jun 18, 2015 12:01 |  #1

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/60, ISO 200) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (just above 1x) + a diffused MT-24EX. These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held.

Technique: I injected 2:1 sugar syrup into a Lavender flower to give the critter a reason to let me get close. I shaded the subject so that the flash would be the primary light source (to help freeze motion) and set the shutter and ISO so that I could use natural light to expose for the background. In some of the frames you can see what looks like a "shadow" under the antenna. I was dangerously close to the natural light exposure for the critter, and managed to record some movement while the shutter was open. I thought my shutter speed / exposure might be a problem, so I set the flash to second curtain sync so that it would fire right before the shutter closed. The result is a sharp antenna even though the bee moved it. I really enjoy the challenge of shooting this way, but the "keeper rate" is low -too many variables, too many things that can go wrong.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/usch​oQ] (external link)Feeding Bumblebee Series 1-1 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/uMjm​qm] (external link)Feeding Bumblebee Series 1-2 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/uQAL​zB] (external link)Feeding Bumblebee Series 1-3 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Jun 18, 2015 13:22 |  #2

Wow, Beautiful set and great background info.


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Jun 18, 2015 14:37 |  #3

Great set and great lightning!


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Jun 19, 2015 01:23 |  #4

Not sure what is going on with re-sizing etc but these look rather over processed whist the 1024 size on flickr looks ok ?
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Jun 20, 2015 00:40 |  #5

Thanks folks 8-)

LordV wrote in post #17602805 (external link)
Not sure what is going on with re-sizing etc but these look rather over processed whist the 1024 size on flickr looks ok ?
Brian v.

Someone was mentioning Flickr's jpg compression over at Reddit -seems quite a few people don't like it.


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Jun 20, 2015 03:39 |  #6

Beautiful shots John.


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Jun 20, 2015 06:56 |  #7

Lester Wareham wrote in post #17604125 (external link)
Beautiful shots John.

Thanks Lester :)


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Jun 20, 2015 10:35 |  #8

A first class set of pics - you certainly enjoy a challenge don't you lol.

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Jun 20, 2015 10:47 |  #9

LindaB wrote in post #17604386 (external link)
...you certainly enjoy a challenge don't you lol.

Linda

That's pretty much what got me into macro in the first place. After shooting this set I got some additional compositions stuck in my head, and I think I can pull them off with just the flash. But I strained a muscle in my left calf and need to take it easy for a few days.


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