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  1. #1
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    Default Honey bees, close-up

    Hello all. Here are a few shots taken from my backyard hives here in Urbana, Illinois:


    coming in for a landing

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    feeding the queen

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    portrait of a young queen

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    foraging

    Cheers,

    Alex Wild
    www.alexanderwild.com

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    If only more people had a first post that looked like that! Great Photo's here and on the website. Welcome to the forum.
    Mind telling what your camera setup is?
    Brac

    Alex, here is a link to a fellow members site. http://nocroppingzone.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    Thanks, Brac! I've been lurking here for over a year and finally thought I should probably post something.

    I use a Canon dSLR with various macro lenses & flash units. I explain how I took the top photo (over a 2-week period!) here:

    Honey Bee in Flight

    Yes- I read Dalantech's blog regularly. He's got some simply spectacular close-in portraits using Canon's MP-E lens.

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    Amazing pics!

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    Alex,
    The photo of the ant biting your finger, is amazing! You can see how deep his grasp goes!

    Also, I don't see any tri-color bumbles, I could send you some in exchange for a photo.

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    GREAT pics Alex.

    How did you get the Young Queen pic on the white background? Thats splendid.

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    Thanks guys!

    The queen-on-white was done by placing her on plain printer paper in a large white box. A strobe fired upward in the box provided an even, diffuse light.

    This queen herself was not so good, giving a spotty laying pattern, and the hive was very weak. So instead of killing her when we combined the remains of her colony with a stronger one, I took her away for a studio photography session.

    Incidentally, several of we bug photographers are holding a weekend insect photography workshop this September outside of St. Louis. The techniques we'll discuss will be relevant to anyone looking to improve their bee photography. Here's the link:


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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    Great photos!

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    Outstanding photos Alex. I'm impressed. You should be proud.
    Mike
    If you're not confused you just don't know what's going on.

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    Default Re: Honey bees, close-up

    Excellent images!

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