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A Bee and a Fly

 
Dalantech
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Nov 01, 2015 03:44 |  #1

I recently finished version 3.0 of a new diffuser design and took it for a test drive. The new diffuser set is smaller, and sits further back from the subject, than my previous two versions. Still get the same light quality though, so I'm hitting the limits of what can be done with the apparent light size (so close to the subject that I'd have to at least double the size of the diffuser to make any difference in the diffusion).

Just about every insect will clean itself before moving to another flower. I'm not sure if this little Sweat Bee is cleaning its legs, or its proboscis.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads mounted to the Canon flash mount, 0 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: It was very windy, so windy that the bee couldn't tell that I had grabbed onto the flower's stem with my left index finger and thumb. I then carefully rested the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Au6n​hz] (external link)Preflight Maintenance (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

This is a male Stomorhina lunata and it is an egg predator, laying its eggs in grasshopper and locust nests. So it's important for pest control.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads mounted to the Canon flash mount, 0 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: It was very windy, so windy that the fly couldn't tell that I had grabbed onto the flower's stem with my left index finger and thumb. I then carefully rested the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. I also had to bait this one with some artificial nectar because it was very skittish.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5765/22477974570_9c820ce986_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Afiu​HG] (external link)Feeding Fly (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Nov 01, 2015 11:49 |  #2

Awesome!


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Nov 01, 2015 11:55 |  #3

Thanks again Travis :)


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