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Sep 14, 2015 13:33 |  #1

It's difficult to go more than a few meters out at the farm without seeing one of these neon looking Scarlet Lilly Beetles.

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Technique: I found this critter late in the day and it was pretty lethargic. I held the grass stem that is was on in front of an artificial flower and rested the lens on that same had to keep the scene steady.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/778/21298605196_f264ff14e4_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ys5V​hY] (external link)Scarlet Lilly Beetle I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I think the white spots on this dragonfly's eyes are pollen, and it was probably feeding on bees.

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: Early morning shot while it was still a little lethargic, although it only gave me time for a few portrait shots (about 22C).

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5810/21157173269_5b119826c8_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yeA3​vt] (external link)Dragonfly Portrait II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Image taken at the Butterfly House in Collodi, Italy.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX with head "A" set as the key and head "B" as the fill. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: This butterfly was hanging upside down from a railing and there was no appreciable light in the background. So I held an artificial flower behind it and shot it one handed. Normally I'd pass on a scene like that one because I was at too much of a mechanical disadvantage. Lots of deleted frames...

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5664/21187590610_0ca42e5066_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yhgW​wo] (external link)Butterfly Series 1-1 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Finally have an ID on this large bee: Xylocopa violacea common name Violet Carpenter Bee.

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 injected the flower with artificial nectar to give the critter a reason to let me get close.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/741/20793346293_f7c9daec08_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/xFrk​qz] (external link)Violet Carpenter Bee I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Sep 14, 2015 14:25 |  #2

Such a wonderful set of pics John - I adore the darter shot and butterfly in particular. Beetle looks a mean critter lol.

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Sep 14, 2015 14:28 as a reply to LindaB's post |  #3

Thanks Linda -was going for "attitude" with that beetle shot.


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Sep 14, 2015 14:31 |  #4

Outstanding John


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Sep 14, 2015 18:14 |  #5

great set John


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Sep 15, 2015 12:51 |  #6

Wonderful series John.


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Sep 15, 2015 13:46 |  #7

Thanks Travis, Andres, and Lester 8-)


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