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Bees in a Wallflower Series 1

 
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Sep 29, 2015 09:49 |  #1

I had a couple of hours to shoot this past Sunday and I've really wanted to get some images of critters feeding in the Wallflowers that we have in the front yard. Unfortunately all of the insects are in the back yard, where they are feeding mostly on mint. So I cut a Wallflower, put it in a glass of water to keep it from wilting, and used gaffers tape to secure the glass and flower to a fence post. It didn't take long for the bumblebees to start feeding once I injected the flower with some artificial nectar (a tablespoon of butterfly nectar mix in some 1:1 sugar syrup). The bumblebees know me, and they go looking for the sweet stuff when they see me in the garden. But the Sweat Bee was a total surprise. Video of the studio (external link)

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

This first frame has been stuck in my head for about two years, and is currently getting a lot of attention on Flickr after making it into Explore.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5742/21597936588_c744d15761_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yUx5​63] (external link)Bees in a Wallflower Series 1-2 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Did not expect to see this Sweat Bee, and it didn't care how close I got to it and even put up with me turning the flower to get the framing that I wanted.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/730/21129686654_cf61c47ecb_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ycaa​Gj] (external link)Bees in a Wallflower Series 1-1 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5659/21624901029_e31844b6da_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yWVg​Fc] (external link)Bees in a Wallflower Series 1-3 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Sep 29, 2015 14:43 |  #2

Awesome set and video John


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Sep 29, 2015 15:12 |  #3

Thanks Travis 8-)


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Sep 30, 2015 10:30 |  #4

Wonderful set of pics - love the last two in particular, superb!

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Sep 30, 2015 18:23 |  #5

Wonderful captures - particularly like the first shot. I can see the attraction of using the 60mm macro with extension as it must be so much lighter than the MPE. As always, your text is interesting and informative and the video is an extra bonus - thank you.


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Sep 30, 2015 22:23 |  #6

Thanks Linda and Alex 8-)

Poyatos wrote in post #17728120 (external link)
... I can see the attraction of using the 60mm macro with extension as it must be so much lighter than the MPE...

The weight is the biggest reason. Also I'm not going to go above 2x using natural light to expose the background unless the light source is the sky. Shooting with Lavender in the background put me dangerously close to the natural light exposure for the subject.


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