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Nov 21, 2015 15:38 |  #1

Technique: It was early in the morning and this Wool Carder Bee was having a tough time getting its metabolism going. It went from being active and walking around the flower to clamping onto a petal and snoozing. I was holding onto the stem of that flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x and 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX. These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/753/22827137010_e8c8c16302_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/AMa3​xL] (external link)Nap Time (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/606/22473581533_ba9a4a629f_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/AeUY​PF] (external link)Sleep Walking V (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: Sometimes the subject I'm shooting gets so use to me being close that it just goes about its business as if I'm not there. All I had to do is set the camera to under expose the natural light in the background, and I shaded the subject so that the flash was the only significant light source on the mantis (to freeze motion).

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

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/717/22788287677_e0e3323d37_c.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/AHHV​ZF] (external link)Mantis Portrait I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Nov 21, 2015 18:13 |  #2

Stunning captures.


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Nov 22, 2015 05:36 |  #3

Excellent diffusion,and details,John!


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Nov 22, 2015 14:51 |  #4

Thanks Bas and Denise 8-)

The mantis shot has taken off on Flickr -hit Explore currently at #47 for the 21st of November with almost 39,000 views and over 600 faves. Always surprises me when it happens cause I don't have time to play the "social game": There is no legion of people waiting to comment on my photos because I'm commenting on their images cause I don't have time for it.


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