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bee ceratina monster, f, ukraine, angle_2014-08-09-12.21.55 ZS PMax

Ceratinas occur world-wide and really have the color/form/sculpturing thing down. They are the definition of crispness and elegance in my book. Expect more to come. This one comes from another worn-torn part of the world, the Crimean peninsula, but, really, bees, the study of natural history, pretty neutral ground that all can appreciate. Haven't figured out the species yet, but this is a big one. From Laurence Packer's Lab.

 

 

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All photographs are public domain, feel free to download and use as you wish.

 

 

Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200

 

 

The murmuring of bees has ceased;

But murmuring of some

Posterior, prophetic,

Has simultaneous come,--

 

 

The lower metres of the year,

When nature's laugh is done,--

The Revelations of the book

Whose Genesis is June.

 

 

-Emily Dickinson

 

 

Want some Useful Links to the Techniques We Use? Well now here you go Citizen:

 

 

 

Basic USGSBIML set up:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-_yvIsucOY

 

 

USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdmx_8zqvN4

 

 

PDF of Basic USGSBIML Photography Set Up:

ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/How%20to%20Take%20MacroPhotographs%20of%20Insects%20BIML%20Lab2.pdf

 

 

Google Hangout Demonstration of Techniques:

plus.google.com/events/c5569losvskrv2nu606ltof8odo

or

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c15neFttoU

 

 

Excellent Technical Form on Stacking:

www.photomacrography.net/

 

Contact information:

Sam Droege

sdroege@usgs.gov

301 497 5840

 

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Taken on August 28, 2014