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May 31, 2009 04:40 |  #1

As it is getting cooler (for us in the southern hemisphere ;) ) these guys are moving at a slower pace and are a bit easier to follow and photograph.

Taken with a 50D and 100mm f2.8 (Exif should be there, but if not: Tv - 1/250, Av - f16, ISO400, 580EXII speedlite with Lumiquest softbox - manual flash at 1/2 -0.3)

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May 31, 2009 04:46 |  #2

nice work, i think they are an "indigenious" Bee?? but,,, the ones down here in Melbourne go alot faster than the normal Bees! bloody hard to catch! cute little suckers,,


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May 31, 2009 04:51 |  #3

Great shots Andrew
I think I have seen a couple in my yard too. Will have to keep a better eye out


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May 31, 2009 05:19 |  #4

You lucky bugga. I've never been able to get one of these in focus, let alone that close. Really great set.


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May 31, 2009 05:25 |  #5

Great shots. Looks quite similar to the sleeping bee i shot recently. Love its colors :)


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Jun 01, 2009 08:17 as a reply to  @ orionmystery's post |  #6

Cheers for the feedback guys. These are a native bee. The good thing about them is they generally fly the same patterns time after time. The bad thing is they usually fly them at great pace and are very active - I just got lucky with this guy still warming up.


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Jun 01, 2009 08:22 as a reply to  @ AMD72's post |  #7

Awesome shots! I was chasing some bubble bee's all over a field yesterday but they would go to another flower before I could ever find him in my viewfinder, much less get a decent focus.


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Jun 01, 2009 09:28 |  #8

Great shots and awesome detail


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Jun 01, 2009 09:31 |  #9

amazing detail, well done


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Jun 01, 2009 19:09 |  #10

good job, mega sharp.


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Jun 01, 2009 19:16 |  #11

awesome shots !! very nice series


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Jun 01, 2009 19:47 |  #12

AMD72 wrote in post #8021164 (external link)
Taken with a 50D and 100mm f2.8 (Exif should be there, but if not: Tv - 1/250, Av - f16, ISO400, 580EXII speedlite with Lumiquest softbox - manual flash at 1/2 -0.3)

Great work, loved the lighting :) BTW if you don't mind me asking which lumiquest softbox were you using and was it off camera?


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Jun 01, 2009 21:17 |  #13

All of these are very nice, but #1 is my favorite. The pink flower really makes it even more colorful.


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Jun 01, 2009 23:18 |  #14

ddave wrote in post #8031382 (external link)
Great work, loved the lighting :) BTW if you don't mind me asking which lumiquest softbox were you using and was it off camera?

It is the LQ107 according to the link below:

http://www.lumiquest.c​om/lq925.htm (external link)

It is the one that has the lower side raised to allow for the exposure sensor / AF assist beam to still operate (not that I use those features for my macro). I am surprised I can still get so close to critters with this comparatively large white screen directed at them.

The softbox was on the 580EXII that was attached directly to the camera. I have pondered getting a cord and shoe for some off camera play, but haven't gone down that path yet.


Oh - and thanks for the feedback everyone - glad you liked the shots


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Jun 02, 2009 00:28 |  #15

AMD72 wrote in post #8032699 (external link)
It is the LQ107 according to the link below:

http://www.lumiquest.c​om/lq925.htm (external link)

It is the one that has the lower side raised to allow for the exposure sensor / AF assist beam to still operate (not that I use those features for my macro). I am surprised I can still get so close to critters with this comparatively large white screen directed at them.

The softbox was on the 580EXII that was attached directly to the camera. I have pondered getting a cord and shoe for some off camera play, but haven't gone down that path yet.

Oh - and thanks for the feedback everyone - glad you liked the shots

Thanks for the info, I am in search of a diffuser for macro :) thinking of the mini softbox of maybe just make one my own.


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