Post Your Bee Shots (including wasps and other pollinators)

Michael456

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Bees are probably my favorite photographic subject. I simply love watching and shooting them.

Bees on willow catkins:

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That's a cool looking bee, love the eyes!
It's the only one I have with these colors. It's possible it's a different type of bee altogether. I've been studying bee identification, and I've worked my way up from nearly clueless to baffled most of the time :). But it is a beautiful bee regardless.
 
Love all the detail. Are these stacks or single shots?
Hi Michael

Both photos are a stack of two frames, where I manually placed the AF Point on the head and then on the wing section of the body. They were moving too much to attempt a larger stack.

Canon R7, RF 100mm F2.8L with diffused MT26EX Macro Flash.

Dennis
 
Paper Wasps dodging the rain this morning in our back garden.

DennisView attachment 1508View attachment 1509

Wow and Yikes!
I had a paper wasp nest under the eves of my house near the front door..
Left it alone and they left at the first signs of winter. They never bothered us and we left them alone..
It was a beautiful structure. Amazing
 
Dennis, great wasp shots! What does your diffuser setup look like?
Body is the EOS R7.
Lens is the Canon RF 100mm F2.8L IS USM.

The rear ring closest to the body is a “Silence Corner Atoll X – Black” which allows me to rotate the body/lens. It has click stops at 90-degree intervals which is useful. The OEM Canon ring for the RF 100mm is useless, it sticks, binds and resists rotation, very poor design compared to the Canon Ring for my EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM.

The front ring on which the ball heads and Kaiser adjustable bounce flash shoe with tilt control is an old telescope mounting ring which I have drilled and tapped ¼” Whitworth threads so I can move the MT26 Heads on a DIY Alu bracket.

The base Diffuser is the Intra Dental Diffuser for the MT-26. I have fitted Gary Fong Puffers directly (push fit) onto the Intra magnetic bracket heads which clip onto the MT-26 Heads.

I then fitted a layer of China Silk in between to further diffuse the light.

The insect-facing Diffuser comes with the Intra Kit.

ATOLL Model X (silencecorner.net)

Adjustable Bounce Flash Shoe, Hot Shoe Flash 201200| Kaiser Foto (kaiserfotous.com)

$276 Intra Diffuser for Canon MT-26 Macro Flash | Buy Cameras Direct Australia

Puffer™ PLUS: Canon Mount – Gary Fong Lightsphere
R3 IMG_5191 Crop 1600.jpg
Dennis
 
Body is the EOS R7.
Lens is the Canon RF 100mm F2.8L IS USM.

The rear ring closest to the body is a “Silence Corner Atoll X – Black” which allows me to rotate the body/lens. It has click stops at 90-degree intervals which is useful. The OEM Canon ring for the RF 100mm is useless, it sticks, binds and resists rotation, very poor design compared to the Canon Ring for my EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM.

The front ring on which the ball heads and Kaiser adjustable bounce flash shoe with tilt control is an old telescope mounting ring which I have drilled and tapped ¼” Whitworth threads so I can move the MT26 Heads on a DIY Alu bracket.

The base Diffuser is the Intra Dental Diffuser for the MT-26. I have fitted Gary Fong Puffers directly (push fit) onto the Intra magnetic bracket heads which clip onto the MT-26 Heads.

I then fitted a layer of China Silk in between to further diffuse the light.

The insect-facing Diffuser comes with the Intra Kit.

ATOLL Model X (silencecorner.net)

Adjustable Bounce Flash Shoe, Hot Shoe Flash 201200| Kaiser Foto (kaiserfotous.com)

$276 Intra Diffuser for Canon MT-26 Macro Flash | Buy Cameras Direct Australia

Puffer™ PLUS: Canon Mount – Gary Fong Lightsphere
View attachment 1592
Dennis

Should we start a sticky "Show us your macro rig" thread?
 
I managed to sneak out early before the Paper Wasps became too active, hoping to get a few focus stacks.

I used the Canon 180mm F3.5 L Macro lens with the x1.4 EF Extender on the R7 body. I set the lens to MF as the AF is slow and hunts. I used a manual focus rail and just turned the screw ¼ turn and grabbed 12 frames before the subject moved and another Wasp crawled into the frame.

I loaded the 12 shots into PS CC and used Edit-Auto Align and Edit-Auto Blend Layers for the stack.R7 R7__0988 Crop 1600.jpgR7 R7__1016 Crop 1600.jpg

Dennis
 
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