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Colony Collapse Disorder
From CNN:
A survey of bee health released Tuesday revealed a grim picture, with 36.1 percent of the nation's commercially managed hives lost since last year.
Bees are dying at unsustainable levels, the president of the Apiary Inspectors of America says.
Last year's survey commissioned by the Apiary Inspectors of America found losses of about 32 percent.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) effects everyone since we are all dependent on honey bees to pollinate many of the crops that we eat. As a macro photographer I see fewer and fewer wild honey bees every year.
For more information on CCD check out Wikipedia: Link
One of the potential threats that might be the cause of CCD is the Varroa Mite. You can see one of them at the top of this bee's head:

Wikipedia also has some good information on the Varroa Mite: Link
Arthur C. Clark once said that if bees beca
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Meet dalantech - Macro Photographer
When I recently discovered the incredible macro photography of John Kimbler :icondalantech: I was immediately struck by how little real appreciation he seems to be getting for his work.  Of all the macro photographers of bees and other insects I have come across, I'd say he is amongst the very best.  Not only that, but he is very open with ideas for techniques, choosing equipment, choosing the subject and composition, as well as indicating things to watch out for.  A really helpful person with an enormous skill, I really would like to see him get far more attention, both to his informative journals and to his macro photography, which goes up to 4x life-size!
In light of this, I asked him if he would be willing to be interviewed, and I was delighted when he agreed.
The Interview
How long have you been doing photography, and who or what got you started?
I started shooting in 1989 while I was in Singapore (I was in the US Navy at the t
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Critique from the Extreme-Macro Group: I like the refraction in the drops, and I like the way the grass is crossing the frame. Excellen...


Critique from the Extreme-Macro group: Looking at the overall area that's in focus I think that you nailed placing the depth of field a...


What struck me first about this image is the light -the way it plays across the petals and adds strong contrast to the stem. Light is o...

by buleria

I've known buleria (Remus) for a very long time, and I've watched him transform from an average macro photographer to one of the best n...

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Sleeping Solitary Bee II
Here's a higher magnification view of how this solitary bee uses it's proboscis to anchor itself while it sleeps.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 due to Highlight Tone Priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 3x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT ("A" flash head on a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe), E-TTL metering, -1/3 FEC, second curtain sync). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Sleeping Solitary Bee I
Not the first time I've seen this species of solitary bee sleeping with it's proboscis anchored into a flower's stamen.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 due to Highlight Tone Priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (around 2x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT ("A" flash head on a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe), E-TTL metering, -1/3 FEC, second curtain sync). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Mason Maintenance
The bad weather is really making it tough for the local pollinators. I was shooting this waterlogged Mason Bee when he started cleaning the water off of his fur.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 due to Highlight Tone Priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT ("A" flash head on a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe), E-TTL metering, -1/3 FEC, second curtain sync). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Red Mason Bee IV
This newly hatched Red Mason Bee (male) is one of mine. The cocoons I harvested last year are starting to hatch. Due to the cool temps (13C) and overcast skies this little one was having a tough time getting his metabolism up. He would move around and then freeze, and I'd look for a photo.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/125, ISO 200 due to Highlight Tone Priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 2x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT ("A" flash head on a Kaiser adjustable flash shoe), E-TTL metering, 0 FEC, second curtain sync). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Red Mason Bee III
About a dozen Mason Bees hatched today, and I carried them to some flowers so they could get some energy. Due to the cool (14C) partly cloudy weather they had a hard time getting their metabolism going. This little guy would forage for a while then turn around to look outside the flower. His metabolism would tank and every time he stopped moving I'd look for a photo.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 200 due to Highlight Tone Priority) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (about 2.5x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount to keep the flower from blocking the "A" flash head), E-TTL metering, (+1/3 FEC, second curtain sync). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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John Kimbler
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katermit Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
thank you for your gallery.
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Freya7 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday John Hug 
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