Meet dalantech - Macro PhotographerWhen I recently discovered the incredible macro photography of John Kimbler :icondalantech: I was immediately struck by how little real appreciation he seems to be getting for his work. Of all the macro photographers of bees and other insects I have come across, I'd say he is amongst the very best. Not only that, but he is very open with ideas for techniques, choosing equipment, choosing the subject and composition, as well as indicating things to watch out for. A really helpful person with an enormous skill, I really would like to see him get far more attention, both to his informative journals and to his macro photography, which goes up to 4x life-size!Meet dalantech - Macro Photographer by AnnaKirsten
In light of this, I asked him if he would be willing to be interviewed, and I was delighted when he agreed.
How long have you been doing photography, and who or what got you started?
I started shooting in 1989 while I was in Singapore (I was in the US Navy at the t
I found this solitary bee immobile on one of my sunflowers after a storm came through. I waited until early in the morning to photograph it hoping that it would be lethargic, but it became active. So I put some honey on a flower petal and got the critter to climb onto it and start feeding. What I like about this frame is how the bee's gola (tongue) is bent -it was literally lapping up the honey like a kitten drinking milk.
Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F14, 1/250, ISO 200) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I am holding on to that petal with my left hand, and I'm resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. The "blue sky" is a piece of light blue plexiglass with a piece of glossy photo paper behind it.