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Photographing Hyperactive Miner Bees

 
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May 11, 2015 05:20 |  #1

The trick to getting images like these is to go shooting on days when it's windy, so when you grab onto the flower the bee is in it won't notice. Try it on a calm day and more often than not the critter will sense the vibration in the flower and take off. Once you have the flower between your index finger and thumb rest the lens on that same hand, so that everything is on the same platform. You can then turn the flower, gently, and look for different compositions. When possible I like to keep the bee looking into the lens -easier for the viewer to connect with the subject that way. Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x to 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). All images are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held. Expect to delete a lot of images -they don't slow down often when it's warm.

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May 11, 2015 05:46 |  #2

Lovely captures John.
Suspect it's a sweat bee rather than miner bee
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May 11, 2015 06:03 |  #3

Beautiful set John. Photo 3 is my favorite :)


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May 11, 2015 06:13 |  #4

My Bees - like Tigers - simply don't go out on windy nights, they don't need to wet their appetites... apparently. :D

Thanks for sharing your insights John. :)


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May 11, 2015 06:26 |  #5

Thanks folks :)

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Suspect it's a sweat bee rather than miner bee
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Thanks Brian! I suspect you're right -they are quite small.


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May 11, 2015 07:48 |  #6

excellent set mate....number three for me.


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May 11, 2015 08:18 |  #7

Great set!


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May 11, 2015 08:56 |  #8

great action shots & thanks for teaching ... cheers :)



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May 11, 2015 10:04 |  #9

Great captures!


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May 11, 2015 13:09 |  #10

Amazing. Number three for me as well.


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May 11, 2015 17:10 |  #11

Beautiful shots.


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May 14, 2015 11:40 |  #12

Thanks again folks :)


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