A messy European Wool Carder bee that was semi active even though I waited until 6AM to shoot it. I found it the night before but was hoping it would be a little more lethargic if I waited until the morning to photograph it. When it would calm down I'd look for an interesting angle. Took over one hundred frames and I'll probably only publish four.
Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 3.5x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT with a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe on the "A" head (the key), E-TTL metering, -1/3 FEC, second curtain sync). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I'm holding on to the stem of the flower with my left hand, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady.