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John Kimbler
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"El Torro"

The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this Long Horned Beetle was that it looked like an Ox.

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

Technique: This one is really simple -it was just early in the morning and the beetle was lethargic, temperature around 16C. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers #beetle #insect  
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Great capture.
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"Brushed Metal"

This beetle likes to eat my Lavender flowers. Now it's in the neighbors yard :D

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: I got it to climb onto a sunflower petal and I held it in front of an artificial sunflower for the background (easier to shoot at the patio table than the garden). The tricky part was following it with the camera and shooting it while it moved. #macro #beetle #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers #insect  
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+Hector Cantres thanks :)
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"Mining for Gold"

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: I'm holding on to the flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. As the bee moves around the flower I rotate the stem to keep it looking at the camera (helps the viewer to connect with the subject and to maximize my chances of getting a usable image). I pay attention to the area that I want to be in focus, and use my peripheral vision to compose the frame. I'm also twisting the camera in my hand, and the flower's stem, so that I can lay the flat area of acceptable focus over as much of the curves in the scene (the bee's head and the flower).
Conditions: Partly cloudy with temps in the 18C range and a light wind. Due to the breeze I was able to grab onto the stem without the bee noticing. Also when the sun went behind the clouds its metabolism would tank, making it easier to get close. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers #bee #pollen  
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Anyway better to get rid of allergies!
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Sure thing John... all the best to ya friend. ✴✴✴
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"Tree House II" Same bee from the first Tree House image, but this time it's the next morning and I camped out in front the hole for over half an hour waiting for the Mason Bee to get active. I made several attempts at this image, but the critter would just go back into its home when I moved or cast a shadow over it with the camera. But eventually he realized that I wasn't a threat and I got the frame that was stuck in my head from 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. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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+John Kimbler yup
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"Solitary Bee on a Dandelion I"

The sun finally came out and now there seems to be an explosion of solitary bees.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/50, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (> 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: It was windy and the bee could not tell the difference between the vibration induced by the breeze and me grabbing onto the stem of the flower (with my left index finger and thumb). I then rested the lens on my left hand, so that subject and camera were on the same "platform". I set the shutter to 1/50 to pick up some color in the background. The flash was the primary light source on the subject, so I was able to use the short duration of it to freeze what little motion was left and get a sharp image. I was also shadowing the subject, but the critter was more hungry than afraid of me. Once I got close and set up I stayed close, turning the stem between my finger and thumb as the subject moved so I could keep it looking toward the camera. Once I take the camera away the subject will fly off. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macromonday #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers #insect #bee  
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+William Banik so far pretty good -only one connection point that's removable (the rest are glued) so no issues with durability.
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I found this little jumping spider on my patio table, and it reminded me why I don't photograph them very often. It would only sit still for a few seconds at a time.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (4x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. #macro #spider #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #canon #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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+Michael Parry thanks :)
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"Female Mason Bee"

The female Mason Bees are hatching from the dead tree in my yard, and I'm hoping that the new generation builds their nest in it as well.

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

Technique: Go looking for bees that didn't find shelter early in the morning when their metabolism is low. This girl surprised me because it was 14C and she was semi active. I took her to my patio table perched on a Dandelion and took this shot with an artificial flower in the background (keeps the background from being black due to flash falloff). Footnote: I'm not comfortable shooting with the camera vertically, but my gallery would be a little boring if every image was horizontal. To get a "vertical" shot I hold the camera horizontally and frame for a vertical composition (adjusting the flash so the lighting is from "above" and not "below"). #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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+Celeste C +Abdul Basit thanks :)
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Pre-Flight Maintenance

This solitary bee is trying to clean the pollen off of its antenna before moving on to the next flower, and it's common behavior among flying insects.

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

Technique: I'm holding on to the flower with my left index finger and thumb, and resting the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. As the bee moves around the flower I rotate the stem to keep it looking at the camera (helps the viewer to connect with the subject and to maximize my chances of getting a usable image). I pay attention to the area that I want to be in focus, and use my peripheral vision to compose the frame. I'm also twisting the camera in my hand, and the flower's stem, so that I can lay the flat area of acceptable focus over as much of the curves in the scene (the bee's head and the flower). #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers #bee  
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Pretty much the same setup as the first images in this series, but I'll list it all again here.

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

Technique: It was windy and the bee could not tell the difference between the vibration induced by the breeze and me grabbing onto the stem of the flower (with my left index finger and thumb). I then rested the lens on my left hand, so that subject and camera were on the same "platform". I set the shutter to 1/50 to pick up some color in the background. The flash was the primary light source on the subject, so I was able to use the short duration of it to freeze what little motion was left and get a sharp image. I was also shadowing the subject, but the critter was more hungry than afraid of me. Once I got close and set up I stayed close, turning the stem between my finger and thumb as the subject moved so I could keep it looking toward the camera. Once I take the camera away the subject will fly off. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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"Tree House"

A Flower Mason Bee has made a nesting spot for himself in a dead tree. Not sure if it was carved by him, or if he just found it.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (1x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #mason_bee #bee #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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+Maxi Winter all the best to you and yours!
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Excellent sharpening technique using Topaz Denoize!
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+Tommy Lim KW I need to take another look at the adjustments that I have saved in Topaz Detail. I recently overhauled my diffuser and the soft light that I'm getting now allows me to apply more sharpening in post.
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I'm using Google + primarily for my photography, and to keep in touch with other photographers. You may know me from my macro work, or you could have served with me in the U.S. Navy :)
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Studio Macro II
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Using Canon's MT-24EX with the 320EX as a C channel slave.