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Aug 22, 2015 05:59 |  #1

The first two frames were taken using a new prototype diffuser that I recently built.Waiting on some new materials before I commit to something more permanent.

Bumblebee. Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/20, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (+1/3 FEC) with head "A" set as the key and head "B" as the fill. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I used a syringe to inject 2:1 sugar syrup into a Basil flower. Ignore the shutter -the flash is the only significant light source on the subject. I dragged the shutter to expose the background. I shot this scene with the camera held horizontally but framed it, and adjusted the position of the flash heads, for a vertical shot. To me it's easier to take portraits with the camera held in a landscape orientation. Personal note: Not that it matters, but one reason I'm happy with this shot is because the bumblebee gave me just this one frame -the reason why I still practice...

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Coelioxys sp. Leaf Cutter Cuckoo Bee. The way that solitary bees sleep fascinates me.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique:I'm holding on to the Daisey that bee is sleeping in with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/xmwR​4S  (external link) Lounging Cuckoo Bee (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Wool Carder Bee. Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 5x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: Early morning shot while the critter was still trying to get it's metabolism going. I was holding on to the flower petal with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/wyUe​Az  (external link) Wool Carder Bee Portrait II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Aug 22, 2015 18:21 |  #2

Thinking about the MP-E 65.

These shots make that decision a lot easier. Thanks for sharing




  
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Aug 23, 2015 00:42 |  #3

IOPNER wrote in post #17679006 (external link)
Thinking about the MP-E 65.

These shots make that decision a lot easier. Thanks for sharing

I own and use both the MP-E 65 and the EF-S 60mm. The 60mm comes in handy when I'm shooting free hand between 1x and 2x because it's lighter and easier to control when I'm using it free hand.

In what way has my post made the decision easier for you?


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Aug 23, 2015 05:13 |  #4

Fantastic series. :)
The Wool Carder close up is scintillating. One doesn't usually see this kind of detail on a macro photo without the poor critter looking staked, stacked and swimming with the fishes.
I find detail thoroughly appealing and rigor mortis thoroughly unappealing. :rolleyes:


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Aug 23, 2015 05:54 |  #5

Snowyman wrote in post #17679483 (external link)
Fantastic series. :)
The Wool Carder close up is scintillating. One doesn't usually see this kind of detail on a macro photo without the poor critter looking staked, stacked and swimming with the fishes.
I find detail thoroughly appealing and rigor mortis thoroughly unappealing. :rolleyes:

I keep telling myself that one of these days I'm gonna focus stack, and then I take a shot at 5x and F16 that has so much depth and detail that folks think it was stacked anyway...


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