Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby AdamP » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:01 am

Some of my first bee shots...these guys are hard to capture! Greg, your shots are incredible man. Kudos brotha

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I was about to pass the last one, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked how out of focus the bee was compared to the flower. Thought it gives it a cool look.
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:34 pm

Thank you AdamP. If you want to have the whole Bee (and plant) in focus you have to stop right down. This means you then need to use a flash - I use a ring flash on the front of the macro lens. Happy Bee hunting :D
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby AdamP » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:51 am

Thanks for the tip Greg...I know I'm kinda limited right now since I don't have a flash or tripod. Which flash do you use, or would you recommend for a beginner? Also, what range of f values do you usually shoot with in your pictures?
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby Thomas » Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:03 pm

AdamP, yes I like your last shot very much, esp. the "dof-perspective" so to speak.
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby AdamP » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:31 am

Thanks Thomas 8)
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:51 am

I use the Canon MR-14EX ring flash and usually work at f#22 with the flash on +3.
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:43 pm

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I meant to stick this post on the end of this thread instead of creating a "stand alone" - been so long since I posted a Bee pic I forgot how to do it :shock: :shock:

We're coming up to mid-June and the Bees simply haven't been about
Their numbers have dropped enormously over the last couple of years.
Last year was almost non-stop rain.
This year we have had a late Spring and the temperatures still aren't anything to write home about.
Not surprisingly the wildlife is confused and suffering.
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby Thomas » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:01 pm

Yeah, this is a very depressing, wet, dark 1st half in most of Europe, I think. Everything is late in nature.
But surely the bees will be around, now that most flowers have recovered. Won't they?
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:23 pm

It seems not so in the U.K. :( :(
The Government is now looking at so-called Bee safe pesticides which appear to have been anything but.
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:21 am

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Bumble Bee on Rhodo this morning.
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:44 am

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This one came out rather nicely too :D
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:06 am

From 19/06/2013

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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby pierovera » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:53 pm

You captured some really detailed bee shots Greg, good job! :)
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby cybermystic » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:06 pm

Thank you Pierovera. If you notice, every year they get a little better as we go through the year, starting off mediocre and ending up reasonably sharp. For some reason I seem to have to re-learn the technique every time it comes to Bee season.
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Re: Bees and Wasps: The Definitive Thread

Postby pierovera » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:50 pm

Well put simply, practice makes perfect :D
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