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Nov 09, 2015 13:33 |  #1

Just about every insect will clean itself before moving to another flower. This little Sweat Bee is doing some antenna maintenance.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads mounted to the Canon flash mount, 0 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: It was very windy, so windy that the bee couldn't tell that I had grabbed onto the flower's stem with my left index finger and thumb. I then carefully rested the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/AH9E​u7  (external link) Preflight Maintenance II (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

This is a male Red Mason Bee. I watched a female build nests in the same tree, so I'll see her offspring next year.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I had to camp out in front of this tree, early in the morning, for quite some time before the little guy got use to me and the camera. We played a lot of "Bee-Ka-Boo".

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5709/22816614242_f99367cdea_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/ALe7​uJ  (external link) Tree House V (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: I injected artificial nectar into this flower so this female Drone Hoverfly would have a reason to let me get close.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/125, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key and "B" as the fill, both on the Canon flash mount). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. Camera set to use natural light to expose the background. I shaded the subject so the only significant light source for it would be the flash.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/AddK​v6  (external link) Drone Hoverfly (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

I was looking for bees and hoverflies, but I'll shoot anything that lets me get close. I like this shot of a common fly because it shows the mouth parts.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F14, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads directly connected to the Canon flash mount). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I injected artificial nectar into a flower to give the critters a reason to let me get close.

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/567/22281813313_086d0c5ca9_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zWY7​P4  (external link) Feeding Fly (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Nov 09, 2015 23:29 |  #2

Nice set and thanks for the tech data :-D


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Nov 11, 2015 07:59 |  #3

Wonderful set, especially the mason bee


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Nov 11, 2015 08:22 |  #4

perfect as usual :) last one turned out great!


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Nov 11, 2015 15:23 |  #5

Thanks folks :)


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Nov 15, 2015 08:48 |  #6

A fabulous set of pics John, love the bee in the hole shot lol

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Nov 15, 2015 14:51 |  #7

LindaB wrote in post #17784495 (external link)
A fabulous set of pics John, love the bee in the hole shot lol

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Thanks Linda :) They were hatching out of that tree, and I watched at least one female build nests in it again. So I'll be looking for them again this coming spring.


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Nov 15, 2015 15:29 |  #8

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Nov 15, 2015 18:37 |  #9

Stunning set, thank you for posting!




  
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Nov 16, 2015 05:33 |  #10

Excellent set!


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Nov 16, 2015 10:38 |  #11

Thanks James, Bob, and Denis!


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Nov 16, 2015 10:53 |  #12

Dalantech wrote in post #17784890 (external link)
Thanks Linda :) They were hatching out of that tree, and I watched at least one female build nests in it again. So I'll be looking for them again this coming spring.


Excellent! I will look forward to your hatchlings next spring then :-)

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