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Long Night In The Undergrowth

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The blue banded bee sleeps this way, gripping a suitable stem or edge - gives an opportunity for setting the background.

    Careful to avoid waking him or he will fly to the nearest light - from where it is possible to capture him and set him to sleep again, from where he can take off in the morning, and return to at dusk.

    p1030625-mark-berkery.
     
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  2. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Loren
    Beautiful macro!
     
  3. tonyturley

    tonyturley Mu-43 Veteran

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    Stunning capture, right down to the tiny drops on the bee's dorsal side.

    Tony
     
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  4. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Loren and Tony. Your comments are appreciated.

    'tis a wonderful world at our feet.
     
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  5. macro

    macro Mu-43 Regular

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    Stunning shot and a good angle on this for perspective. Selective focus is bang on where it should be and excellent fine details.

    Mind you, I should have known it was you from the shot Mark ;) Brilliant as always, great to see you.

    Danny.
     
  6. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    An echo from the past.

    Thanks Danny ...
     
  7. StefanKruse

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    Stefan
    Fantastic shot! How did you capture the shot in terms of lens, camera, lighting, tripod?
     
  8. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Stefan. 2nd link in my sig covers my process, including some on tech 'n' technique. Basically, I still use the FZ50 + achromats most of the time, light is through a snoot and diffused (pix half way down sig/link page) for appropriate apparent size, never use a tripod - do use a stick often but more likely I will grip the platform in one hand and rest lens on same for stability.

    So this bee is asleep at night at the end of a stem which I hold in left hand and rest lens on same, lens doesn't extend and achromat more or less fixes working distance so it's not that difficult with some practise. Check the link for more ...
     
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  9. StefanKruse

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    Stefan
    Great tutorial! Exactly what I have been looking for, as I want to keep things "simple" and as I struggle with poor eyesight I pretty much rely entirely on AF. So very encouraging to see what can be achieved with your techniques. I doubt I will ever be able to capture as stunning images as you have - they are nothing short of amazing - but it has certainly inspired me to try harder as it is obvious that I have not made the most of my equipment yet.

    Thanks a lot
     
  10. Lcrunyon

    Lcrunyon Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Loren
    I read your tutorial with great interest. I want to improve my macro a lot this year, using the EM-1 and 60mm macro lens. It looks like it's important that I improve my use of flash (something I haven't had much success with).

    Thank you for the excellent tutorial!
     
  11. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Seriously so annoyed.

    With your tips in mind I got up extra early this morning to hunt blue stripe bees.

    Found one. Still sleeping, not even in the pump-and-heat phase yet.

    Got close - oh dear wrong angle here.

    Turn around the other side.

    Go to carefully move the branch obscuring him from that spot.

    Accidentally thump it straight into him.

    Bee annoyed, falls off, sound of groggy buzzing somewhere in the undergrowth :(

    Enjoy photos of bee bottoms everyone.

    p4090001thagph9.

    p4090003thzypp8.
     
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  12. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Stefan. As long as it's enjoyed that's best. Poor eyesight, know it better as I get older ... :)
     
  13. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks Loren. Good lighting is all about apparent light size - http://strobist.blogspot.com.au/2007/07/lighting-102-unit-21-apparent-light.html - diffusion and angle. Have a look here - http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820/ - you will see the kind of lighting/diffusion of some very good macro shooters, and compare their output. If you get the idea you're halfway there. The other half is practise and experiment.
     
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  14. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Good first shots m8. Practise makes ... and don't wake the little fellas, they need their rest for a very busy day.
     
  15. StefanKruse

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    Stefan
    I enjoyed even more now, knowing that it is not the equipment which is the limiting factor, thanks for the inspiration :)
     
  16. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apparently I got even the type of bee it is wrong, it's a teddy bear bee?! :D
     
  17. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    And when these bees aren't asleep, this is the best I could come up with so far (cropped).

    M3233973-s.

    One day Mark..... maybe I'll get a good macro shot like yours Mark. :hail: :2thumbs:
     
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  18. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Andrew
    Visited your links. @MarkB1@MarkB1 and the sites are filled with excellent images! Love them all.
     
  19. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Welcome ... :)
     
  20. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Ha, it is missing the blue bands usually found on a Blue banded Bee - but then they don't all have them at all times in all places.