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Ladybugs and a Honeybee

 
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Jul 11, 2015 07:14 |  #1

The hardest aspect of shooting mating ladybugs is not laughing when the male wiggles his backside -gonna have to work out the lighting so I can film it...

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

Technique: I'm holding on to the leaf they are on with my left hand, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. Then I went looking for an angle that would let me get as much in focus as possible -both of their leading eyes have to be in focus.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/338/19414349738_85c61b538d_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/vzzB​MU] (external link)Mating Ladybugs (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Honeybees are covered in hair and the beating of their wings generates static electricity that turns all that fuzz into a pollen magnet.

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

Technique: I injected 2:1 sugar syrup into a sunflower so this girl would have a reason to let me get close.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/466/19564737152_744e81b4dd_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/vNSo​Jm] (external link)Pollen Magnet (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Jul 11, 2015 16:54 |  #2

The first shot is wonderful, John.


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Jul 12, 2015 01:36 |  #3

Worcester Lad wrote in post #17628230 (external link)
The first shot is wonderful, John.

Thanks :)

I think that the second shot has too many out of focus foreground elements, and I've simply shot too many bees ;)


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