Masked Bee

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I had just pruned a rose bush and this one came along and proceeded to dig out the pith. It did that at a few cuts but I think the rain drove it off. I saw it around the garden an then I found it nesting in an old bamboo stem I had left to stand under the Passion-fruit Vine.

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  2. uci2ci

    uci2ci Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2012
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    Sam
    I alway know that im in for a treat when i see a new thread by you :biggrin:
     
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  3. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
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    Vin
    Amazing and wonderful work as always Mark.
     
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
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  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Awesome shots - wow! :2thumbs:
     
  6. North20

    North20 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Pat
    :thiagree: with all of the above.
     
  7. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Geoff
    Great shots ...
     
  8. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Robert
    Fantastic work.
     
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
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    Steve
    Amazing stuff. What lens, if I may ask?
     
  10. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Wow awesome! I just shot some macro over the weekend and found it challenging to get anything sharp. Well done, beautiful shots.
     
  11. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
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    Larry
    truly wonderful
     
  12. North20

    North20 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Pat

    Exif data here, and looking over at his site, shows he primarily uses a Panasonic FZ50 with various achromat screw-in lenses to get the desired magnification.

    That's an older bridge camera ... proof positive most of us - and this surely includes yours truly :redface: - just need to work on our technique with what we've already got.
     
  13. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks all for the comments, appreciated.
     
  14. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    True enough, but it's really the light that makes all the difference, I use flash 99%. High end gear will do a good job, basically because you have faster SS's to start with - without flash - but flash is still the best way to control the light at 1.5" - 5" WD.

     
  15. rnagoda

    rnagoda Mu-43 Veteran

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    Robert
    This is the absolute truth, and all the greater testament to how good MarkB1's technique must be ... it aint just the lights!!
     
  16. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Australia
    If you use flash as I do, most of the time, then the light is what everything else depends on. If you don't have it right it doesn't matter what the equipment, it might as well be a P+S - from what I've seen where people use high end gear without understanding the light/flash requirements.