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Feeding Bumblebee

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My son Eddy found this lethargic Bumblebee on his way home from school. Cool partly cloudy conditions slowed it down. After chilling on my hand for a while I managed to get it on a Daisy and feed it some Agave nectar.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F13, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (set to about 1.5x) + a diffused MT-26EX-RT, E-TTL metering, -2/3 FEC. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held. In post I used Topaz Sharpen AI and Clarity in that order.
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Image size
6000x4000px 5.9 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 80D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/13.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Nov 11, 2021, 5:41:26 PM
Sensor Size
22mm
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zh84's avatar

An extraordinarily good image. As someone who has done macrophotography I am particularly impressed by the perfect depth of field: nothing is too near or too far from the centre of focus and blurred.

dalantech's avatar

I am holding on to the stem of the flower with my non camera hand, and I rested the lens on that same hand so that subject and camera are on the same "platform". I focused on the bee's proboscis and then twisted my wrist to lay the area of acceptable focus over the critter's face. After 15 years of shooting macro hand held I have built up a lot of muscle memory.

TTM77's avatar

I was surprise to learn bumble bee make their nest underground. Saw them make the nest in my garden.

dalantech's avatar

I need to set up some nests for them.

TTM77's avatar

You can? Look like mine just find the place nice and it just make the nest itself into the soil.

dalantech's avatar

They will nest on their own, but I think it is possible to build nests for them.

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