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May 03, 2016 13:09 |  #1

Technique: I found these two coupled while walking in the yard and I knew I didn't have much time to photograph them. They are very vulnerable when mating so they don't spend a lot of time together. Since the flower was shaped like a bowl I set the magnification to 2x and looked for an angle that would allow me to get both of their eyes in focus. Of course the flower acted like a curved reflector and flooded the scene with a lot of yellow light. This is one of those cases where, if I had time, I would have set the camera to under expose by 2 stops and taken advantage of the 80D's dynamic range.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1524/26392132695_eb53e1c361_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Gdbz​yB  (external link) Mating Red Mason Bees (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Osmia caerulescens (Blue Mason Bee). While inspecting my solitary bee house I thought some of them might hatch since it was 17C, so I had the camera ready.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1693/26513840801_a4f426d98e_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GoWn​9e  (external link) Newborn Blue Mason Bee V (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: I found this lethargic beetle on a cool overcast morning, about 16C, and just shot it in place on the flower it was feeding from.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1705/26317769150_105c2f86b9_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/G6Br​Sw  (external link) Flower Chafer Beetle I (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: I found this Woodlouse going through the leaf litter in my yard. I carefully picked up the leaf it was on and carried it to my patio table so I could shoot it in front of an artificial flower (to keep the background from being black). As it moved around it would pause and I'd look for an interesting angle. I held the leaf in my left hand, and rested the lens on that same hand to help keep the scene steady.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1600/26406692290_1b131fb2d5_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Getc​C7  (external link) Woodlouse (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7686/26192663843_9b17023b90_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FUyf​qt  (external link) Woodlouse II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: This flower is growing out of a pot that's sitting on top of a tree stump. I injected artificial nectar into the flower so the girl would have a reason to let me get close, and then I just braced myself on the tree stump. The light in this shot is the product of the flash, the way I diffuse it, and the angle of the light. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary in post.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 1x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1629/26142963043_19a4465e52_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FQaw​78  (external link) Feeding Honeybee (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: I went out in the yard early in the morning, hoping to catch some Sweat Bees that might be a little lethargic. When I found this one I simply held on to the flower's stem with my left index finger and thumb, and then rested the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 400) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 2.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1478/26709117081_374f609cce_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GGcc​YD  (external link) Sweat Bee in Sour Grass Flower (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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May 03, 2016 20:42 |  #2

Ridiculous clarity :cry: :mrgreen: Numbers one and four are my favorites :)


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May 04, 2016 00:40 |  #3

Lovely captures- esp like 3& 7
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May 04, 2016 02:38 |  #4

wonderful series,John......


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May 04, 2016 12:11 |  #5

All of them fabulous. Love the last one the best for the sleeping in the flower bee.


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May 04, 2016 12:26 |  #6

Wow! Beautiful work! I'm lovin' the first and last one especially.




  
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May 04, 2016 15:11 |  #7

Thanks Travis, Brian, Rob, Chrisa, and Bob 8-)


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