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Some images from a the last week or so that didn't make it into the other series I've been posting.

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens (@ 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens (@3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

Some images from a the last week or so that didn't make it into the other series I've been posting.

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens (@ 5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

Best viewd large -and when not eating...

 

Sorry folks, but I felt the need to document the level of mite infection in the Miner Bees. I've seen these guys bury their heads into a daisy and I wonder if they were doing it to rub off the mites...

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE65mm macro lens (@2x) + a diffused MT-24EX macro twin flash (-1/3 FEC).

Some images from a the last week or so that didn't make it into the other series I've been posting.

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens (@ 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

Tiny miner bee shot at x5 mag

Four straight days of rain and this little guy needs a hair dryer :)

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens (@ 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

Critters that I shot while I was in Tuscany.

 

Thanks for the ID Nico! It's a cuckoo bee, genus Nomada.

Five times life size -and I'm really running out of depth here.

 

For this series I placed the area of sharp focus on the mandibles and tried to center it so that it would fall onto the eyes and include some of the hair.

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens + MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

I just can't take enough pictures of these cool globe thistles.

This female Sweat Bee looks like she's eating this flower's stamen, but she's really rust trying to anchor herself while she packs pollen onto her hind legs. Also looked like she was trying to strip pollen off with her mandibles.

 

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (> 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

 

Technique: It was windy, so it was easy for me to grab onto the flower that the bee was in without spooking it. Once I had the flower's stem in my left index finger and thumb I I rested the lens on that same hand and waited until I could get an angle that would make the most out of the shallow depth at almost 3x. Lots and lots of frames...

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65 (4x) + a diffused MT-24EX at -1/3 FEC.

Best viewd large -and when not eating...

 

Sorry folks, but I felt the need to document the level of mite infection in the Miner Bees. I've seen these guys bury their heads into a daisy and I wonder if they were doing it to rub off the mites...

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE65mm macro lens (@5x) + a diffused MT-24EX macro twin flash (-1/3 FEC).

Miner bee shots at higher mags taken whilst the sun was obscured by some clouds

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This is just a quick post to demonstrate why shooting on days when the weather is less than ideal is a good thing. This Miner Bee was so lethargic when the sun went behind the clouds that I was able to pick the flower he was on and move it to a location where there wasn't any wind. I'll have at least one full set to post of this guy (from life size to 5x) but I'll have to do it later -I'm pressed for time.

Finally got near to an Andrena sp Mining Bee with my MP-E, this little one was really checking out my camera and was having a real nosey, I found an area of fences where these kept landing frequently, after a lot of failed attempts at creeping up on these with my camera, this one decided to stay put, they are very attractive little Bee's these, I think this might be a male Andrena fulva, as the females were also landing on the fence as well. However, I may be proven wrong as I am hopeless putting an ID to these Andrena species Bee's.

 

Hope everyone is having a great week, hoping for good weather this weekend and a possible early wake up :o)

 

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Different Mason Bee from the first two Tree House images. This little guy's hair is all slicked down because it rained the night before.

 

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 1.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

 

Technique: Early morning about 14C with the sun warming up the bee's nest. As the bee became active I'd move in to take a shot only to watch it duck for cover. But eventually it became acclimated to me and I managed to take several images. The key to shooting subjects like this one is to just be patient and keep trying.

Well loaded miner bee. Focus stacked using zerene

Using the canon macrophoto 20mm f/3.5 again, but this time with Andrea's slow sync flash suggestion, and less magnification. Seems to make all the difference.

 

67 images in zerene. Ping pong ball diffuser.

 

This miner bee is of the social variety. I found it struggling along the floor next to a nest at the base of a tree on a sunny day. Literally hundreds of them. This one must be a youngster as it was significantly smaller than most of them.

Canon 5D, Sigma 180mm macro Canon 580ex camera left... set to ETTL+2.

 

Four times life size.

 

For this series I placed the area of sharp focus on the mandibles and tried to center it so that it would fall onto the eyes and include some of the hair.

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens + MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

Sigma 180mm macro, Canon 5D, Canon 580ex

Shot at Bodnant gardens north wales

I took advantage of a late afternoon storm to shoot this minor bee that had been slowed by the drop in temperature. Images in this series range from life size to four times life size.

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens + a diffused MT-24EX (0 to -1/3 FEC).

This is usually the last pose that I see when photographing a solitary bee like this Sweat Bee. It knows that there is something wrong, and it's trying to figure out the best way to escape.

 

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

 

Technique: It's early in the morning, around 18C, and almost too warm for this subject. There was a slight breeze which made it easier for me to grab onto the stem of the flower with my left index finger and thumb without spooking the subject. I'm resting the lens on my left hand to keep the scene steady and sliding it to focus. I tilted the top of the camera into the frame to try and get both antenna in focus as well as the leading eye of the bee.

Portrait miner bee, made with magnification 8 and f/8 using a Canon 7D, a Canon MP-E 65mm/f2.8 and a 2x Canon teleconverter. It is a single picture, made outside in our garden. The large version can be seen at

 

www.huubdewaardmacros.com/

 

I have written a new article about practical tips to micro photography which can be found at

 

www.wildphotomag.co.za/

 

Andrena (Miner bee) is the largest genus in the family Andrenidae, and is nearly worldwide in distribution, with the notable exceptions of Oceania and South America. With over 1,300 species, it is one of the largest of all bee genera. Species are often brown to black with whitish abdominal hair bands, though other colors are possible, most commonly reddish, but also including metallic blue or green.

 

Body length commonly ranges between 8 - 17 mm with males smaller and more slender than females.

Not only another, another bee :), but it is another miner bee. This time with a funky white haircut and matching beard. As far as I am aware this bee is a A. cineraria, it didn’t have a thick black band of fur on the thorax and I live a little bit too far north in the UK for it to be a vega. It’s amazing how just 300 miles is enough to change the climate to the point where one species can thrive and a very similar species struggles to live. This image is a stack of a prepared specimen, 40 frames in total at a 3:1 magnification ratio.

 

Update : I have had the ID confirmed, it is indeed A. cineraria

 

Four straight days of rain and this little guy needs a hair dryer :)

 

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65mm macro lens (@ 4x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1/3 FEC).

I'm going to guess that this one is male since they do not collect pollen -only the females build nests.

 

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (> 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

 

Technique: It was windy, so it was easy for me to grab onto the flower that the bee was in without spooking it. Once I had the flower's stem in my left index finger and thumb I I rested the lens on that same hand and waited until I could get an angle that would make the most out of the shallow depth at almost 3x. Lots and lots of frames...

Nikon D7000, Sigma 150/2.8 macro, tubes (72mm), SB600, homemade diffuser.

Focus stacking - 5 exposures combined with focus stacking software CombineZP

This female Sweat Bee looks like she's eating this flower's stamen, but she's really rust trying to anchor herself while she packs pollen onto her hind legs.

 

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (> 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on Kaiser adjustable flash shoes). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

 

Technique: It was windy, so it was easy for me to grab onto the flower that the bee was in without spooking it. Once I had the flower's stem in my left index finger and thumb I I rested the lens on that same hand and waited until I could get an angle that would make the most out of the shallow depth at almost 3x. Lots and lots of frames...

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65 (4x) + a diffused MT-24EX at -1/3 FEC.

Canon 40D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + MPE-65 (4x) + a diffused MT-24EX at -1/3 FEC.

 

Published: thrumyeye.deviantart.com/journal/17693480/#journal

I had two of these little guys buzzing around the backyard today, and after about 30 minutes of chasing them around with the camera this was the best of about 20 shots.

 

Taken with Canon 40D, MP-E 65mm at 3:1 Magnification, and a diffused MT-24EX Twin Flash.

 

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