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Technique: I found this European Wool carder bee snoozing on a Lavender stalk before sunset and woke up early the next morning to photograph it. I placed an artificial flower in the background to keep it from being black. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 2/3 FEC).
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:iconjant-photo:
jant-photo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Amazing work! :la: :+fav:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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MadMike27 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
Nice work !!!
do you know what are these three eye like looking dots on the most insects are? are these 3 extra eyes?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

There's simple light sensors that most insects have, and they use them to avoid predators (or photographers ;) ).
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
Awesome. Are those actual eyes in the top of its head?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

Those are simple light sensors that most insects use to avoid predators.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
I have never seen those before.
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Miykaels7 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
The three eyes at the top of the bee’s head are called ocelli . These don’t see images but can detect  changes in light. The ocelli help bees escape danger because if something is swooping down to eat them, the shadow created by the predator alerts the bee that something is wrong. 
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup.
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livingwithpurpose Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy macro mother of cthulhu. I don't think I've seen that much detail before.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!

Wander Emote: WOW THATS AMAZING
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!!!

Tsukiko Tsukikakushi (Nyaa) [V1] 
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:iconwright867:
wright867 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
How did you do this?!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I found the bee early in the morning while it was still lethargic, cut the Lavender stem, and I set an artificial flower on my pick-nick table and used it as a back ground. Then while holding on to the stem with my left index finger and thumb I rested the lens on that same had to help keep the scene steady. What little motion was left was frozen by the flash.
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wright867 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
That's awesome! My camera has a problem with focusing when something is right in front of it.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
All of my macro work is with manual focus, either because the lens is manual only or because the depth is so thin. 
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wright867 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
I would love a camera like that still. Keep up the awesome work 😊
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Will do :)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh! She tried to mimic your icon!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed :)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great light, another great shot. I can look hours on these details.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No thanks you are a great role model.
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Canon
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Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
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F/11.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
May 27, 2016, 5:22:12 AM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 14.0 (Windows)
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22mm

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