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Canon EOS 40D
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1/250 second
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F/11.0
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65 mm
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100
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Jul 22, 2008, 5:24:07 PM

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July Solitary Bee I by dalantech July Solitary Bee I by dalantech
Shot at almost three times life size with a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens.

I found this solitary bee on a Lavender flower after a rain storm -the sudden drop in temperature caused its metabolism to tank. I picked the flower and moved it to a table so I could position it and keep the bee steady. Since I was shooting for the Detail in Macro contest I set up a 580EX II as a slave off of an MT-24EX and hit the bee with three flash heads to get as much light as possible on its compound eye.
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:iconkajua:
Kajua Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008   Writer
how did you keep the bee steady?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It had rained and there was a drop in temperature, so the bee's metabolism was very low.
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:iconkajua:
Kajua Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008   Writer
good god you're my idol.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It just takes practice, and it helps to learn a litle about the subjects that you want to shoot.
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:iconkajua:
Kajua Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008   Writer
i hear you, its like that for my pelicans
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:icondavincipoppalag:
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on honorable mention
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:icondavincipoppalag:
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
=D Welcome
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KillerAngel47 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
I really like how the light is reflected on its eyes. :XD: :D :D
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconkillerangel47:
KillerAngel47 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
No probs!!! :XD: :D :D
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:iconvertasual:
Vertasual Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
This one is soooo gorgeous !

( Immediately set this image as representing the level I'd like to get to, well after I get my new macro lens anyways ;-) )
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the props 8-)

Just be patient with yourself and realize that I still delete a lot of frames...
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:iconamelsen:
amelsen Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome.... makes me think about your HDR miner bee shot... awesome colours...

I'm wondering if I will come up short doing macro with the boring nature we have in Denmark... Or perhaps it is just because I haven't been observant enough....

Man... can't wait for wednesday where I finally will be getting my 150mm sigma =)
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Once you start shooting macro you'll notice critters that you've never seen before...
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JoKeR0720 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
What a great shot.. you get a lot of 'mohawk' shots!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I like to catch them after is rains -really slows them down ;)
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:iconjoker0720:
JoKeR0720 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
understandable... I cannot get one to stand still if my life depended on it... how do you find them when it rains?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Go looking for them in the heat of the day when they are active and make note of the flowers that they feed on. After it rains search those same flowers for any bees that got caught out in the open.
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:iconjoker0720:
JoKeR0720 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I've tried :( Of course the population of bees is through the floor right now, so maybe that is my problem.
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply spectacular. You make me crave that MPE 65mm more with every shot!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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