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Dalantech
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Feb 21, 2016 08:12 |  #1

This first one is from last year. I had been trying, unsuccessfully, for a few weeks to get this shot. Every time I tried the bumblebee would just fly off. But after a break in the weather the critters were more hungry than afraid. I was baiting them on a flower and after getting them acclimated to me I held my finger close to a bumblebee and it took the bait. It's really cool when they realize that I have the sweet stuff and they lose their fear of me.

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DgqR​6q] (external link)Finger Fed Bumblebee III (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I took this yesterday. Technique: I found this butterfly at the beginning of its day, a little more hungry than afraid of me. I held my finger close to the critter and waited for it to start eating the artificial nectar I had on my finger, then carefully coaxed it into climbing on. Took me three tries, and I was surprised that I pulled it off. Later in the day when the butterfly is casually feeding I don't think it would have worked.

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, both on the Canon flash mount). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1704/25029417192_03cf40df82_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/E8Li​HJ] (external link)Finger Fed Butterfly (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Paul ­ Iddon
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Feb 21, 2016 08:49 |  #2

Amazing tight focus - and as much as I love bees, I would still think twice about holding one!

Paul.


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Feb 21, 2016 11:05 |  #3

Paul Iddon wrote in post #17906675 (external link)
Amazing tight focus - and as much as I love bees, I would still think twice about holding one!

Paul.

Thanks Paul :)

One of the benefits of either holding on to whatever the subject is perched on, or just shooting them on my finger, is being able to precisely control where I'm placing the area of acceptable focus.

The only time I've been stung was when I was shooting honeybee's on their comb, and I think I just didn't wait long enough for them to calm down before I got close.


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Feb 21, 2016 21:34 |  #4

Simply stunning


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Feb 21, 2016 22:08 |  #5

Ahazra wrote in post #17907691 (external link)
Simply stunning

Thanks :)


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