Shooting Carpenter Bees in the heat of the day is some of the most difficult macro photography that I've ever done! Hoping to get another chance to photograph them before the "macro season" is over.
Tech Specs: Canon 1D Mark III (F16, 1/250, ISO 800) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (1x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken with a monopod that had no ball head. The monopod helps me to steady the camera, and not using a ball head means that I can rapidly change the height of the my rig.