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Jan 24, 2016 10:41 |  #1

We had some cold weather here in Naples, Italy but it didn't drop below freezing and it's starting to warm up.

Technique: I found a pair of bumblebees foraging in 8C (46F) degree weather, but it was very sunny. I baited some of the flowers with artificial nectar so they'd 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, with the key on a Kaiser flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. The camera is set to expose for the natural light in the background, and the flash was in E-TTL mode (-1/3 FEC) and used to expose the subject.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/CiG9​QQ  (external link) First Bumblebee of 2016 (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: It was 11C but sunny at first so a lot of insects were out foraging today. I used a syringe to inject artificial nectar onto the flowers so the critters 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, with the key on a Kaiser flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. The camera is set to expose for the natural light in the background but the sun went behind the clouds, and the flash was in E-TTL mode (-1/3 FEC) and used to expose the subject.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1550/24557874025_711cc81cc2_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Dq6w​n8  (external link) Feeding Honeybee (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

Technique: It was 11C but sunny at first so a lot of insects were out foraging today. I used a syringe to inject artificial nectar onto the flowers so the critters would have a reason to let me get close. I debated posting this shot because I'm not happy with the background (too dark). But this is the best shot I've taken of a Carpenter Bee's proboscis in action.

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, with the key on a Kaiser flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. The camera is set to expose for the natural light in the background but the sun went behind the clouds, and the flash was in E-TTL mode (-1/3 FEC) and used to expose the subject.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1476/24551516046_b7c4d44340_c.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DpwW​mN  (external link) Feeding Violet Carpenter Bee (external link) by John Kimbler (external link), on Flickr

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Jan 24, 2016 11:07 |  #2

I'd say 2016 is off to a fine start! Thank you for sharing the additional details too.




  
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Jan 24, 2016 11:12 |  #3

You love your bees! Good start to the year, not the easiest subjects.


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Jan 24, 2016 12:01 |  #4

Thanks Bob and Toby! The bumblebee in the first frame is difficult to photograph -even though I'm baiting it most of the time I can't get close enough for a shot.


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