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First Bee of Spring 2 by PhotuBug

Critique from the Extreme-Macro group [link] I love the low angle on this one -shooting from the subject's perspective is a great way t...

Orchids drops by Cookiephotos

Critique from the Extreme-Macro Group: I like the refraction in the drops, and I like the way the grass is crossing the frame. Excellen...

Blue beauty by Cookiephotos

Critique from the Extreme-Macro group: Looking at the overall area that's in focus I think that you nailed placing the depth of field a...

Superior by dandelgrosso

What struck me first about this image is the light -the way it plays across the petals and adds strong contrast to the stem. Light is o...

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

Technique: I injected 2:1 sugar syrup into a Sunflower so the critter would have a reason to let me get close. I shot from a low angle not just because it makes for a better mage but also to get the proboscis and the face of the bee in focus.
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Lunch Date by dalantech
Lunch Date
The tricky part, when shooting insect pairs like these Carpenter Ants, is getting both of their leading eyes in focus.

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

Technique: I put some 2:1 sugar syrup around the edge of an upside down plastic plate in an area where there were a lot of foraging Carpenter Ants.
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Honeybee in Basil I by dalantech
Honeybee in Basil I
Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/60, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (-2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I injected 2:1 sugar syrup into the Basil flower to give her a reason to let me get close. I shaded the subject so that the flash would be the only significant light source on the bee. The dragged the shutter to help expose for the natural light in the background.
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Bumblebee in Basil II by dalantech
Bumblebee in Basil II
Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/60, ISO 100) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (-1 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I used a syringe with a .8mm diameter needle to inject 2:1 sugar syrup into a Lavender flower. You can get bigger needles, but .8mm is a good compromise between being small enough to get into most flowers and yet big enough for thick liquids. Ignore the shutter -the flash is the only significant light source on the subject. I dragged the shutter to get more detail in the background.
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Wool Carder Bee in Basil I by dalantech
Wool Carder Bee in Basil I
You can add Basil to the list of plants that attract natural pollinators -I've lost count of the number of different bees I've seen feeding in it. As an added bonus the flowers are more flavorful than the leaves (I use them when I make Bruschetta).

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F13, 1/60, ISO 200) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens with 37mm of extension + a diffused MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I injected 2:1 sugar syrup into the flowers to give the critter a reason to let me get close. Since I shaded the subject the shutter speed only effected the background.
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John Kimbler
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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shereelouise Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Wow! Your bee shots are amazing!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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healthy-addictions Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
  Bee Great gallery man! Love the details and colors you capture.
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