Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/60, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (+1/3 FEC) with head "A" set as the key and head "B" as the fill. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
Technique: I used a syringe to inject 2:1 sugar syrup into a Basil flower. Ignore the shutter -the flash is the only significant light source on the subject. I dragged the shutter to expose the background. This time the bees recognized me and knew what I was doing, going directly to the flowers as soon as I added the syrup.
Was kinda stunned to find this dormant little bee in my lavender because it was at least 25C. Coelioxys sp. Leaf Cutter Cuckoo Bee.
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 went looking for dormant bees early in the morning and found this Cuckoo Bee sleeping in my Lavender. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/xd7f7C]Resting Cuckoo Bee I by John Kimbler, on Flickr [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/xfkyXW]Resting Cuckoo Bee II by John Kimbler, on Flickr
Due to that splinter of Lavender stem sitting between the bee's antenna my compositions were limited, so as it started to get active I held the stem close to a small Daisy and got lucky when it went back to sleep. I've posted this next shot a while back, just posting it again to show you the connection: [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/wGAbQW]Cuckoo Bee Series 2-1 by John Kimbler, on Flickr