Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read More.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Macro
Thread started 29 Jun 2015 (Monday) 12:38
Prev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)

Baited Bees

 
Dalantech
Goldmember
Dalantech's Avatar
Joined Jul 2006
Bacoli, Italy
Post has been last edited over 2 years ago by Dalantech. 2 edits done in total.
Jun 29, 2015 12:38 |  #1

Now that it's summertime there's no such thing as a lethargic bee -they are hyperactive even before the sun comes up.

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

Technique: I injected 2:1 sugar syrup into a lavender flower so the critter would have a reason to let me get close. I then took a few test shots with the camera set to F16 and ISO 200, adjusting the shutter until I got a properly exposed background. The sun was at my back, and I shaded the bee so that the flash would be the primary light source on it to help freeze motion.

IMAGE: https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3671/19199585935_a3bb680735_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/vfAT​ZH] (external link)Baited Series 1-1 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I almost binned this next shot -the out of focus Lavender flower in the foreground might be a compositional buzz kill for some. But I like the overall look and feel of this image, and if you look at that trailing antenna you can see just how close I was to the natural light exposure for the subject (not good). I had the flash set to second curtain sync just in case I did record some movement. Since the flash is the last significant light source to illuminate the subject before the shutter closes I still managed to capture the detail in the antenna. If I didn't have the flash in second curtain sync then it would have fired right when the shutter opened, and the movement of the antenna would have blurred out most of the detail. BTW: Someone on Flickr mistook this for an HDR shot, and it's not. I just managed to get a really good balance between the natural light exposure in the background and the flash on the subject.

IMAGE: https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3813/19223212322_847beab8c8_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/vhFZ​id] (external link)Baited Series 1-2 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I like this next frame because it shows the bumblebee's Glossa -that pipe cleaner looking area at the end of its proboscis.

IMAGE: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/327/19083228010_c5a09514ee_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/v5jw​QA] (external link)Baited Series 1-3 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Due to being close to the natural light exposure, and not always being able to properly shade the subject, I recorded a lot of motion blur and deleted a lot of frames...

My Gallery (external link)
My Blog (external link)
Macro Tutorials (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
LV ­ Moose
Moose gets blamed for everything.
LV Moose's Avatar
Joined Dec 2008
Jun 29, 2015 12:58 |  #2

These are beauties. Lovely light and detail. Congrats on the excellent shots.


Moose

Gear... Flickr (external link)...Macro (external link)...Hummingbirds (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
AaronMB
Member
AaronMB's Avatar
Joined Apr 2015
California, U.S.A.
Jun 29, 2015 13:25 |  #3

Fantastic - inspiring as always.


Canon EOS 70D | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 | Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III USM |

LOG IN TO REPLY
CanopicJar
Goldmember
CanopicJar's Avatar
Joined May 2014
Bethel, Ohio
Jun 29, 2015 13:25 |  #4

Beautiful captures John. Number 2 does have a great look to it :)


Travis
Canon 70D | Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 STM | Canon 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM | Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 USM | Twin Speedlite 270EX II's | Speedlite 550EX | Set of tubes
flickr (external link) My other hobby (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
Snowyman
Goldmember
Snowyman's Avatar
Joined Oct 2011
Post has been edited over 2 years ago by Snowyman.
Jun 29, 2015 15:46 |  #5

Your Bees won't stay bloody still, my Bees are always facing the wrong bloody way... it's a conspiracy I tells ya! vmad


Snowy's Gear
Deviant Artexternal link
Flickrexternal link
Blogexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY
MedicineMan4040
The Magic Johnson of Cameras
MedicineMan4040's Avatar
Joined Jul 2013
Jun 29, 2015 19:01 |  #6

I'm smitten with all three images, but I love the bombas :)


flickr (external link)
Vid Collection: https://www.youtube.co​m/user/medicineman4040 (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
MargusL
Senior Member
MargusL's Avatar
Joined Apr 2012
Tartu, Estonia
Jun 30, 2015 08:16 |  #7

Excellent set!


5D Mark III, 24-105mm f/4 L IS, 100mm f/2.8 L IS, 70-200 f/4 L IS, Canon MP-E 65mm, Canon 50mm f/1.4, Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 AF DGX 1.4x, Extension tube set, Canon 600EX-RT and 270EX II flashes

LOG IN TO REPLY
Dalantech
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Dalantech's Avatar
Joined Jul 2006
Bacoli, Italy
Jun 30, 2015 14:14 |  #8

Thanks folks :)


My Gallery (external link)
My Blog (external link)
Macro Tutorials (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
jerrythesnake
Senior Member
565 posts
Joined Feb 2005
Post has been edited over 2 years ago by jerrythesnake.
Jul 01, 2015 15:19 as a reply to Dalantech's post |  #9

Lovely shots and really helpful sharing your technique ,I think if everyone shared their own technique when posting shots it would be helpful to newbies and seniors alike.
Thanks for sharing.
Jerry


http://www.pbase.com/j​errythesnakeexternal link
canon 7d canon 300mm 2.8 canon 100mm 2.8

LOG IN TO REPLY
Dalantech
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
Dalantech's Avatar
Joined Jul 2006
Bacoli, Italy
Jul 02, 2015 00:58 |  #10

Thanks Jerry :)

Too many people see photography as a competition, and are afraid that if they share what they know then other people will get better than they are. But if they set out to develop their own photographic style then the only person they'd end up competing with is themselves...


My Gallery (external link)
My Blog (external link)
Macro Tutorials (external link)

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)

976 views & 0 likes for this thread
Baited Bees
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Macro


Not a member yet? Click here to register to the forums.
Registered members get all the features: search, following threads, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, settings, view hosted photos, own reviews and more...


AAA

Send feedback to staff    •   Jump to forum...    •   Rules    •   Index    •   New posts    •   RTAT    •   'Best of'    •   Gallery    •   Gear    •   Reviews    •   Polls

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Privacy policy and cookie usage info.

POWERED BY AMASS 1.4version 1.4
made in Finland
by Pekka Saarinen
for photography-on-the.net
Spent 0.0012 for 4 database queries.
PAGE COMPLETED IN 0.07s
Latest registered member is Manish kashyap
898 guests, 458 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 6430, that happened on Dec 03, 2017