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May 25, 2009 02:34 |  #1

My favourite bee, Osmia caerulescens. Actually sitting on an old football. One of the few times I actually waited at the spot for the bee to turn up. These bees patrol on a fixed route and seem to have fixed resting points where they come down for a few seconds before continuing. Two shots taken on different visits.

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May 25, 2009 03:02 |  #2

great shots


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May 25, 2009 03:31 |  #3

Cute little guys
Thanks Brian another species I never seen before


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May 25, 2009 11:02 |  #4

can you give some shot info? was that the sigma 105? tubes? focus stack? tripod? how much of a crop from the original frame?

your work is awesome, and i can never get the sort of DOF you achieve. Thanks for any details you care to share.

i love the eyes on those.


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May 25, 2009 11:04 |  #5

doubt Brian needed to stack at that angle which is ideal for good DOF but let the master respond.

Lens: 105 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/11, ISO 100


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May 25, 2009 11:05 |  #6

That's amazing that you have recognized this pattern and knew to wait for these cute shots! Nicely done.


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May 25, 2009 11:10 |  #7

Great shots Brian, esp love #2. Very photogenic bee!


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May 25, 2009 12:17 as a reply to  @ orionmystery's post |  #8

These are too cute,looks like he is a poser alright.


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May 25, 2009 12:18 |  #9

Your description of their behaviour makes me think of Dragonflies.

As for the images - great and what (to me) unusual eyes they have.

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May 25, 2009 20:25 as a reply to  @ Box Brownie's post |  #10

nice shots. I like the soft, diffused light reflection in the eyes.. good job.


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May 25, 2009 20:57 |  #11

Great captures as usual. :)


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May 26, 2009 01:55 |  #12

Thanks for the comment everyone- much appreciated.

Mike yes sigma 105 at about 1:1, handheld with me crouched down on my elbows - luckily the football is slightly deflated. Both shots uncropped
F11,1/200th camera in manual, ETTL flash +.66FEC.
#1 single shot, #2 focus stacked from 2 shots (but just the bees bum)

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May 26, 2009 05:29 |  #13

wow. i guess its all in my technique then.

i think my next step is to get the flash on there. i have been only shooting in bright daylight, and can go past f/11 but that is not helping the shots in the ways i thought it would.

I am also going to try the sigma 150 macro on the crop camera to see how it changes things from my 5d.

Thanks for the info.


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May 26, 2009 09:14 as a reply to  @ MikeMcL's post |  #14

Fabulous shots Brian - it certainly is a very attractive bee.

Not sure if I have seen this one around our garden - have some similar but I guess the eyes are a good way to differentiate them.

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May 26, 2009 13:14 |  #15

LindaB wrote in post #7990227 (external link)
Fabulous shots Brian - it certainly is a very attractive bee.

Not sure if I have seen this one around our garden - have some similar but I guess the eyes are a good way to differentiate them.

Linda

Thanks Linda - these are fairly small but very predictable in their behaviour :)
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