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Bee - Haviour

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The Orange Tail Resin Bee enjoys relatively protected hotel life and I get a few shots in return.

    Female bee sealing up the nest which is a 3/8" hole I drilled in a wooden post hung under the veranda.
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    Foraging in the sunflowers.
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    Wasp parasitising the bee's nest.
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    New born, looking back from whence it came.
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    Something I don't see often.
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    Alone at last.
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    One I gave a helping hand to.
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    Let go, let go … I saw it first.
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  2. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

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  3. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Regular

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    Peter Campbell
    Sublime, as usual
     
  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Unreal skills! These are outstanding.
     
  5. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks for comments all, appreciated ...
     
  6. StefanKruse

    StefanKruse Mu-43 Veteran

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    Stefan
    Impressive and beautiful, always enjoy your posts
     
  7. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Excellent captures. Which lens, any lighting, and how did you get that close?
     
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  8. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    Wonderful Mark, as always.
     
  9. dannsing

    dannsing Mu-43 Regular

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    Your work is amazing. Love how close you get with capturing the details!
     
  10. drd1135

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    Steve
    Greats shots. I admit, however, that it startles me when I open the forum on my large monitor and I am confronted with an enormous bee.:eek-31:
     
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  11. ashburtononline

    ashburtononline Mu-43 Veteran

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    Stunning ! my compliments sir!


     
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  12. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks for comments all, appreciated ...
     
  13. felipegeek

    felipegeek Mu-43 Enthusiast

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    Felipe
    I was on a relative's 32" Vizio 1080P screen connected to his PC and those bees were humongous. The detail, the even lighting and the even the titles were outstanding.
     
  14. lowlight

    lowlight Mu-43 Regular

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    A fantastic set! The quality is supreme. Great work!
     
  15. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Teemu
    Superb stuff!!! :bowdown: Wanna share methods/equipment used (lens? flash? diffuser? tripod? etc.)?
     
  16. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

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    I think he get's that question quite a lot :)

    In his sig is a link to the post:
    http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/
     
  17. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks for comments all, appreciated ...

    Felipegeek; I wouldn't have expected they would show well on a large screen.

    Serhan, Pake; Getting close is a matter of habituation; I have these bee hotels (wooden posts drilled for the bees to make nests in) under the house and after a while they just ignore me, unless I disturb them.

    I used the old FZ50 + achromats and the Pany G1 with Oly f2/50mm macro lens + achromat for the pix this post. The FZ for the harder to get at because it's smaller and AF works best, the G1 is MF so takes more time to get focus right. Always use flash, snooted and diffused - see middle of second sik link page for pix - never use a tripod, too slow. A stick serves as the third leg of a tripod, with an arm or/and legs serving for stability, when needed, but mostly working distance (2" - 6") is such I hold what the creature is on in left hand and rest lens on same platform for stability - one moves with the other.

    Just got a good S/H G6 and once I figure out how I want it set up and get a few spare batteries I'll start using that too, maybe with the Oly 35mm/f3.5 macro.
     
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  18. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  19. klythawk

    klythawk Mu-43 Veteran

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    John
    Excellent macro work.
     
  20. DannyHx2

    DannyHx2 New to Mu-43

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    Beautiful shots.