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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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El Torro by dalantech
El Torro
The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this Long Horned Beetle was that it looked like an Ox.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (almost 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: This one is really simple -it was just early in the morning and the beetle was lethargic, temperature around 16C.
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Female Mason Bee by dalantech
Female Mason Bee
The female Mason Bees are hatching from the dead tree in my yard, and I'm hoping that the new generation builds their nest in it as well.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 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: Go looking for bees that didn't find shelter early in the morning when their metabolism is low. This girl surprised me because it was 14C and she was semi active. I took her to my patio table perched on a Dandelion and took this shot with an artificial flower in the background (keeps the background from being black due to flash falloff). Footnote: I'm not comfortable shooting with the camera vertically, but my gallery would be a little boring if every image was horizontal. To get a "vertical" shot I hold the camera horizontally and frame for a vertical composition (adjusting the flash so the lighting is from "above" and not "below").
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Brushed Metal by dalantech
Brushed Metal
This beetle likes to eat my Lavender flowers. Now it's in the neighbors yard :D

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I got it to climb onto a sunflower petal and I held it in front of an artificial sunflower for the background (easier to shoot at the patio table than the garden). The tricky part was following it with the camera and shooting it while it moved.
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Mining for Gold by dalantech
Mining for Gold

A female Miner Bee foraging for pollen.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I'm holding on to the flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. As the bee moves around the flower I rotate the stem to keep it looking at the camera (helps the viewer to connect with the subject and to maximize my chances of getting a usable image). I pay attention to the area that I want to be in focus, and use my peripheral vision to compose the frame. I'm also twisting the camera in my hand, and the flower's stem, so that I can lay the flat area of acceptable focus over as much of the curves in the scene (the bee's head and the flower).

Conditions: Partly cloudy with temps in the 18C range and a light wind. Due to the breeze I was able to grab onto the stem without the bee noticing. Also when the sun went behind the clouds its metabolism would tank, making it easier to get close.

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Pre-Flight Maintenance by dalantech
Pre-Flight Maintenance
This solitary bee is trying to clean the pollen off of its antenna before moving on to the next flower, and it's common behavior among flying insects.

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'm holding on to the flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. As the bee moves around the flower I rotate the stem to keep it looking at the camera (helps the viewer to connect with the subject and to maximize my chances of getting a usable image). I pay attention to the area that I want to be in focus, and use my peripheral vision to compose the frame. I'm also twisting the camera in my hand, and the flower's stem, so that I can lay the flat area of acceptable focus over as much of the curves in the scene (the bee's head and the flower).
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dalantech Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
All the best! :cake:
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dalantech Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Betuwefotograaf Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday too you.........
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dalantech Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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