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Oct 23, 2015 11:12 |  #1

Sorry for the long post, but got some explaining to do with this set.

Technique: It was early in the morning and this Wool Carder Bee was having a tough time getting its metabolism going. I was holding onto the stem of that flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. The bee would occasionally move, and when it stopped I'd roll the flower's stem with my fingers to turn the critter toward the camera and look for a composition. Sometimes it would clamp onto a petal and go back to sleep.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x and 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. These are single, uncropped, frames taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/742/21682974863_b1aa0cc9de_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/z33V​1c  (external link) zzzZZZzzzZZZ (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zMtb​q1  (external link) Sleep Walking III (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: I'm not sure why it happens, but sometimes a bee's metabolism will drop and they become immobile. Sometimes it happens due to drops in temperature, or when the sun goes behind the clouds on a cool day. But that normally effects small solitary bees, not large ones like this bumblebee and it was at least 23C (73F) when I took this photo.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F13, 1/60, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 25mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX with head "A" set as the key and head "B" as the fill. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5760/21701476983_8faa5f8dfc_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/z4FK​3g  (external link) Bumblebee Resting on Mint (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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

Technique: These Sweat Bees will go all the way to the bottom of the flower looking for nectar. It was windy, so it was easy for me to grab onto the flower without spooking it. Once I had the flower's stem in my left index finger and thumb I rested the lens on that same hand and waited until the critter came to the top. As the critter surfaced I slowly turned the flower so I could get a good angle, one that would make the most out of what little depth there is at almost 3x.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5690/22146502880_300de06057_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zK1B​Jy  (external link) Sweat Bee in a Sour Grass Flower II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Coelioxys sp. Leaf Cutter Cuckoo Bee

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I went looking for dormant bees early in the morning and found this Cuckoo Bee sleeping in my Lavender. After it woke up I placed it next to a Daisy and it went back to sleep. I used an artificial flower behind it to keep the background from being black.

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5732/22202395829_3bf1834515_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zPX5​L6  (external link) Sleeping Cuckoo Bee II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I wanted to get some full body shots of this dragonfly, but it woke up before I could finish the portraits.

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: Early morning shot while it was still a little lethargic, although it only gave me time for a few portrait shots (about 22C). I was holding on to the leaf it was perched on, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. An artificial flower kept the background from being black.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/667/22223773290_5dfb060542_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zRQD​x1  (external link) Dragonfly Portrait III (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Oct 23, 2015 14:32 |  #2

Good one




  
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Oct 23, 2015 15:06 |  #3

Outstanding set John. All great, but number one is superb :)


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Oct 23, 2015 15:47 |  #4

nice set, particularly like the Cuckoo bee.


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Oct 23, 2015 16:06 |  #5

Thanks abhilaashps, Travis, and Toby :)


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Oct 24, 2015 01:21 |  #6

Awesome set!




  
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Oct 27, 2015 04:02 |  #7

A wonderful set of pics John

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Oct 27, 2015 12:27 |  #8

Thanks tnp and Linda 8-)


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