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Feeding Chafer Beetle

Technique: I found this Chafer beetle feeding early in the day and it didn't seem to mind me getting close. I held on to the flower's stem with my left index finger and thumb, and then rested the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Beetle on a Strawberry Flower

Technique: I spotted this tiny beetle foraging for pollen on a Strawberry flower and looked for an angle that would make the most of what little depth of field I had. I held on to the stem with my left hand and then rested the lens on that same hand to help keep the scene steady.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Long Horned Beetle

Technique: My son found this Long Horned Beetle and I moved it to my patio table so that it would be easier to photograph. Sometimes the critters get so acclimated to me that they start going about their day as if I'm not there. In this case the beetle decided to clean itself. I used an artificial flower to keep the background from being black.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 2/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Beetle on a Leaf

Technique: I spotted this beetle while walking around the yard early in the morning and photographed it before it had a chance to warm up and get active. I used an artificial flower to keep the background from being black.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Mating Beetles

Technique: As I walked through my garden in the evening I spotting this mating pair. I simply held on to the lavender with my left index finger and thumb, and then rested the lens on that same hand to keep the scene steady. An artificial flower provided the color for the background. The tricky part with a scene like this one is that both of their eyes need to be in focus.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 with highlight tone priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 1x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering with -1 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Flower Chafer Beetle I

Technique: I found this lethargic beetle on a cool overcast morning, about 16C, and just shot it in place on the flower it was feeding from.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Pollen Like Snow

Technique: I found this Flower Chafer Beetle covered in pollen and shot it by grabbing onto the flower and forcing it to come up behind the critter so I could use it to keep the background from being black. Then I just rested the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 3.5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (-1 1/3 FEC). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Bug Birth Day

I had no idea that these True Bugs (Hemiptera) hatch at this time of the year.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/60, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (2x) + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key on a Kaiser Adjustable Flash Shoe and "B" as the fill). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I held onto the plant stem with my left index finger and thumb and rested the lens on that same hand to keep everything steady. Also dragged the shutter to expose for the sky. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #insectphotography #beetle #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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Scarlet Lilly Beetle Series 1-3

This was the first real field test of my new diffuser design, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. These Scarlet Lilly Beetles practically have a clear coat on that shell -extremely reflective. Last frame in this set.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (5x) + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key and "B" as the fill). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I found this critter late in the day and it was pretty lethargic. I held the grass stem that it was on in front of an artificial flower and rested the lens on that same had to keep the scene steady. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #insectphotography #beetlw #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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Scarlet Lilly Beetle Series 1-2

This was the first real field test of my new diffuser design, and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. These Scarlet Lilly Beetles practically have a clear coat on that shell -extremely reflective.

Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F16, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-24EX (flash head "A" set as the key and "B" as the fill). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.

Technique: I found this critter late in the day and it was pretty lethargic. I held the grass stem that it was on in front of an artificial flower and rested the lens on that same had to keep the scene steady. #macro #macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #macromonday #beetle #insectphotography #canon #canonphotography #canonphotographers #canonusers  
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