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.
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 LINK: https://flic.kr/p/yCAV2K Wool Carder Bee Portrait II by John Kimbler, on Flickr