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Oct 10, 2015 12:06 |  #1

The weather has been terrible lately so I'm going through my back catalog and posting some images I took earlier this year.

Technique: It was early in the morning and this Wool Carder Bee was having a tough time getting its metabolism going. I was holding onto the stem of the flower it was on with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. The bee would occasionally move, and when it stopped I'd roll the flower's stem with my fingers to turn the critter toward the camera and look for a composition. I'm shooting from a low angle so that you can connect with the subject, and because that top down "I'm about to step on it" angle is really boring (it's how we see the small world most of the time). I used an artificial flower in the background to keep it from being black. My goal isn't to make an image look "natural" since the word is just too subjective. But I do want you to be able to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the scene.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F10 to F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x to 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX. These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held. The one shot at F10 was due to accidentally hitting the aperture adjustment wheel on the camera and I didn't notice.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5769/21868581768_54b024ae46_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zjsc​tf] (external link)Sleep Walking (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5737/22055514632_29288fb3f2_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zAYh​6E] (external link)Sleep Walking II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

From time to time it would simply go back to sleep. To me it looked like the bee was cuddling the flower petal like it was a pillow.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5698/21417622633_a8bf292e61_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yCAV​2K] (external link)Wool Carder Bee Portrait II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Oct 10, 2015 20:02 |  #2

Excellent light and details,John!


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Oct 11, 2015 02:30 |  #3

Thanks Denis 8-)


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Oct 11, 2015 09:43 |  #4

Fantastic detail. I really like number 2 here :)


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Oct 16, 2015 13:07 |  #5

very nice! great set John


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Oct 16, 2015 23:45 |  #6

Thanks Travis and alquimista :)


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Oct 17, 2015 09:40 |  #7

Great work John.


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Oct 17, 2015 15:33 |  #8

Thanks Bas )


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Oct 19, 2015 20:10 |  #9

Wish I had your camera




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Oct 19, 2015 22:27 |  #10

dariusluo wrote in post #17752591 (external link)
Wish I had your camera

The camera doesn't take the photos, or allow me to get close to the subject, or automatically compose the scene, etc. So would you want my camera, or my experience?...


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Oct 20, 2015 06:18 |  #11

Dalantech wrote in post #17752763 (external link)
The camera doesn't take the photos, or allow me to get close to the subject, or automatically compose the scene, etc. So would you want my camera, or my experience?...

We all know you have some special, pixie-dust coated, magical 70D, and is time that you admitted it. :) ...I heard you found it under a rock at stone henge


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Oct 20, 2015 22:14 |  #12

CanopicJar wrote in post #17753026 (external link)
We all know you have some special, pixie-dust coated, magical 70D, and is time that you admitted it. :) ...I heard you found it under a rock at stone henge

I use nothing but the finest open range organic pixels :)


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Oct 21, 2015 12:53 |  #13

Beautiful pictures:):):):):):):)




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Oct 21, 2015 14:01 |  #14

Great Job... I love it. I have a 70D too.




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Oct 21, 2015 22:21 |  #15

Thanks folks :)


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