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Sep 23, 2015 11:46 |  #1

It's tricky to just shoot one active subject, even more fun when they start pushing each other out of the way (second image).

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I cut an Eggplant flower and used gaffers tape to secure it to a leaf so it would be in a good position and I'd have something to keep the background from being black. When they started feeding I wrapped my left hand around behind the leaf to keep it steady and then rested the lens on that same hand. Video of the studio (external link).

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There's a difference in the color and saturation between the two images because the sun was out for this second shot and it influenced the scene even though I was shading the bumblebees.

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Sep 23, 2015 14:35 |  #2

Wonderful shots as usual John. Love the second image.

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Sep 23, 2015 19:42 |  #3

Wonderful shots,John!


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Sep 23, 2015 22:04 |  #4

Thanks Linda and Denis 8-)


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Sep 24, 2015 11:29 |  #5

Wonderful work John.

Bumbles are another awkward one for me. They always seem to have their heads buried and generally their rear end facing the camera.

It took me a year to find out they had eyes. :)


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Sep 24, 2015 15:24 |  #6

Thanks Bas 8-)

BasAndrews wrote in post #17720214 (external link)
...Bumbles are another awkward one for me. They always seem to have their heads buried and generally their rear end facing the camera.

It took me a year to find out they had eyes. :)

Heat up 1/2 cup of water and add 1/2 cup of refined sugar to it. Mix the sugar until it is dissolved. Can also add a tablespoon of artificial nectar mix or honey. Wait for it to cool and put some in a hypodermic and inject it into the flowers that the critters are feeding on. They will have a reason to let you get close...


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