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Aug 16, 2014 14:29 |  #1

Lately I've been going after active subjects. The world, and my gallery, doesn't need another dormant insect. As a result I'm getting fewer "keepers", but I like the images that I have been getting. Here's a Carpenter Bee feeding in a Passion Flower. A pretty "confused" scene, but the best I could do shooting an active subject in a jumbled mess of a flower.

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Aug 16, 2014 15:07 |  #2

Nice shot! Love the pollen all over his face!


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Aug 16, 2014 16:51 |  #3

Very colorful and sharp. I like it.


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Aug 17, 2014 08:43 |  #4

Lovely shot John, confused scene maybe but it is always good to see natural behaviour.


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Aug 17, 2014 08:51 as a reply to  @ Lester Wareham's post |  #5

Nicely done. How do you have time to set up the background before the bee flys off to the next flower?


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Aug 17, 2014 14:01 |  #6

Thanks folks :cool:

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Nicely done. How do you have time to set up the background before the bee flys off to the next flower?

I used a syringe to inject honey into the flower (gives the critter a reason to let me get close) and set up the plexi behind the flower with a clamp. Then I just wait for the target to find the bait. Even with the bait these Carpenter Bees are skittish and I never get more than 2 or 3 frames.


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Aug 17, 2014 15:28 |  #7

Agree with Lester, a lot of backgrounds in natural shots are messy but a good subject well captured often takes the eye away from it. You must have a lot of patience to get this type of shot

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Aug 18, 2014 01:30 |  #8

LindaB wrote in post #17101853 (external link)
... You must have a lot of patience to get this type of shot

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I think that I have become one with the Universe and the delete key on my keyboard Linda -lots of missed frames just to get one good one. Nature of the beast when shooting active critters though.


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Aug 18, 2014 07:13 |  #9

Splendid capture, John


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Aug 18, 2014 12:31 |  #10

Lovely colourful shot.


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Aug 19, 2014 03:13 |  #11

Thanks Travis and George :cool:


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Aug 19, 2014 08:07 |  #12

Amazing capture and the background came out very well.


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Aug 19, 2014 18:15 |  #13

Impressive and unusual capture.


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Aug 20, 2014 03:24 |  #14

Great one john! Wonderful framing and comp


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