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Oct 07, 2015 11:33 |  #1

I shot these scenes with both flash heads elevated using Kaiser Adjustable Flash Shoes, so that the flash heads were firing almost straight down. After taking these images I set just the Key on a flash shoe, but will end up just using both flash heads directly connected to the Canon flash mount because I get more light on the subject, and better specular highlights.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/125, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 25mm of extension (1.7x max) + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key and "B" as the fill). These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held.

Technique: Cut a Wall flower so I could move it to the back yard (where the insects are), put it in a glass with some water to keep it from wilting, and injected the flower with artificial nectar. I had an artificial flower nearby and when the insect started feeding I carefully picked the wallflower up and positioned it in front of the artificial one. I was shading the subject so there is no natural light in this frame. I like the way that the angle of the light made the background a little darker than normal, but at the same time I lost a lot of fine texture detail in the flower. Also had to boost the detail in the shadows.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yyVg​Yx] (external link)Feeding Bumblebee Light Test I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: Injected artificial nectar into a zucchini flower and once the bee started feeding I turned the flower so that I could get the sky in the background. I was shading the subject so there is no natural light on the bee in this frame. One benefit is that the white flower acted like a bounce card and it kept the shadows from getting crushed. I'll probably use this flash head position more when I'm shooting at my patio table (white plastic).

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5763/22031330181_68003472e8_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zyQj​Un] (external link)Feeding Bumblebee Light Test II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Oct 07, 2015 14:01 |  #2

Very nice John.


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Oct 07, 2015 16:55 |  #3

Superb colour and detail on these John. The technical info is very interesting - thank you.


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Oct 07, 2015 17:17 |  #4

Excellent details,John!


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Oct 07, 2015 19:01 |  #5

Great captures and I always love to read your detailed information.


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Oct 07, 2015 19:18 |  #6

Beautiful. Fantastic details.


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Oct 08, 2015 01:55 |  #7

Thanks Ed, Alex, Denis, Travis, and Sonia 8-)


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Oct 09, 2015 05:36 |  #8

Wonderful pics John.

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Oct 09, 2015 18:46 |  #9

Great set of pics, thanks for the Tech Details also. When you say "Artificial Nectar" is this just water and sugar, or have you a secret lab?? :-P


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Oct 10, 2015 00:05 |  #10

Thanks Linda and John :)

Steelydan wrote in post #17739336 (external link)
...When you say "Artificial Nectar" is this just water and sugar, or have you a secret lab?? :-P

Currently using a 1:1 sugar syrup with a healthy tablespoon of artificial nectar mix (the kind you can buy for a butterfly feeder). A 2:1 sugar syrup slows them down a little better, but it's too thick for a standard hypodermic needle. The critters seem to like sugar syrup with the artificial nectar better than just the plane syrup. Once the bees figure out that I have the sweet stuff I can hold the flower out for them and they will land on it. Honeybee's and bumblebees can also recognize my face -they are coming directly to me when they see me in the yard.


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