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On cold mornings when the critters are too lethargic or too wet to move I like to use this simple wood clamp to hold the perch they are on. Instead of shooting them in place and having to deal with poor angles and distracting backgrounds I can create a field studio just by cutting the perch, moving the critter to a comfortable location (like the park bench in the photo), and secure the perch with the wood clamp.

I modified the clamp by cutting the retaining rod since I don't need to hold large objects. Also this clamp has two triggers, one to control opening and the other to close it and it's easy to operate one handed.

I've used this simple "trick" to take a lot of solitary bee, and now dragonfly, images by shooting them early in the day before they've had a chance to dry out and warm off. Here are two sample photos using the field studio:

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:iconthedubstepaddict:
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool idea!!!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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deedee20382 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a smart solution!
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PhotuBug Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
All your photos are absolutely stunning. I hope to get a camera and lens like yours so I can even attempt something like that =D. One question though. You said that you cut their perch and clamp it. Whereabouts do you usually found these critters perching, and what on? You said that you use this trick for dragonflies and bees. If it's in the morning, shouldn't the bees be in their hive?

Anyway, thanks for the tutorial and great photos!

I hope one day I can go from my Macro filter photos to something like yours =P
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

There are a lot of bees (called solitary bees) that don't make hives or nests and sleep above ground by clamping onto plant stems (usually close to where they eat or mate).
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PhotuBug Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Thanks, I think I'll go bee hunting tomorrow morning =D
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dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Good luck!
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
The problem is to get them to perch there. However do you do it?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I find them perching on something and I cut the perch so I can put it in the clamp ;)
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
aah amazing how they don't fly away afterwards. Damn you're good!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well they eventually do dry out, warm up, and take off. But I shoot them in the heat of the day all the way up to 7x life size. I've just been shooting them long enough to pick up on their habits so I know when, and how, to get close. Practice ;)
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Kjherstin Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
:nod: Oh I see now. Thank you for your help
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MaxiiLS Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Simple and really effective.

:D
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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MaxiiLS Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
:hug:
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AJGlass Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Interesting. :)

You should contact Wolfcraft and let them know about your unique use of their tool. No doubt they never imagined it would be used for this purpose and would be interested to see how much it's aided you with your photography.

:nod:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Done -thanks! :)
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artico Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
ooo, that's neat! even drowsy I'm amazed that they don't try to get away... On average, how often do you have your subjects fly away before you can get the pic?
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dalantech Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Happens a lot more often that getting the photo ;)
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Sandy33311 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
And this was at 5:33 a.m.???? Haha.
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dalantech Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very early...
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Sandy33311 Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Very dedicated is what it is!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
...fine line between dedicated and stupid... :D
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Sandy33311 Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
:rofl:
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cycoze Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Clever idea, will look to buy something like this.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Easy trick but the results are pretty good.
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jiangzu Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
That's pretty clever--one of those ingenius, simple solutions.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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JoKeR0720 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
*Idea Stolen*
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Good! 8-)
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HansRichardPedersen Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What a brilliant idea!
Thanks for sharing.
:)
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dalantech Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem :)
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