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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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Crawling Out of Bed II by dalantech
Crawling Out of Bed II
This bee was desperately trying to get its metabolism going the whole time I was shooting it.

Tech specs: Canon 1D MKIII (F13, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (@ ~2x) + a Canon MT-24EX macro twin flash.
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Feeding Solitary Bee Series 1-5 by dalantech
Feeding Solitary Bee Series 1-5
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.

Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F14, 1/250, ISO 200) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (~4x) + 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 (glossy side toward the camera).
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Honeybee Feeding on a Blackberry Flower III by dalantech
Honeybee Feeding on a Blackberry Flower III
I baited this honeybee with a little of her own honey. Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F16, 1/30, ISO 1600) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens + a 12mm extension tube. (~1.4x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I am holding on to the flower stem with my left hand, and I'm resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady.
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Get Out of My Face II by dalantech
Get Out of My Face II
My wife found this Bumblebee sleeping in one of our sunflowers. Definitely not a morning person :)

Tech specs: Canon 1D MKIII (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (@ ~3x) + a Canon MT-24EX macro twin flash.
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Honeybee Feeding on a Blackberry Flower II by dalantech
Honeybee Feeding on a Blackberry Flower II
I baited this honeybee with a little of her own honey. Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens + a 12mm extension tube. (~1.4x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. I am holding on to the flower stem 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 (glossy side toward the camera).

Blog post with a video of that background.
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dalantech Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Welcome to Nine-Muses!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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JulianGallagher Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Have you ever been stung by one of these creepy critters?
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dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I have photographed honeybees on their comb several times without protective equipment without getting stung. But one time the girls just didn't want me getting close and they tagged me twice. But that was several years ago and I've shot a lot of bees since then with no issues. 
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