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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
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Thursday, 11 June 2015

SUN, SUN, SUN. (11/06/15)

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It looks as if it will be another day of wall to wall sunshine. This was my first glimpse of the sun at five o’clock this morning. There are lots of insects about but they are a bit lively for me. I’m failing miserably. I did manage to focus stack a dead bumble bee but it was a bit cobwebby. I tried to tidy it up but was making things worse so decided to just get on and take it’s picture.  

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I think a tiny watercolour brush would probably be best for cleaning up dead insects I’ll have to remember to get one. These images are all stacked in Zerene and taken using EOS Utility. The stacks were approximately twenty five images for each at f9 using the MP-E 65mm lens on a Manfrotto macro slide. It is a rather ungainly pose but it was the only way it would balance.

That’s all for today.

29 comments:

  1. I've given up on several insect macros because of all the minute specks of dust. It is quite a problem.
    Zerene, EOS utility and operator made a good job of it.
    That pose might have made a good video on a turntable though depth of focus would have been difficult.

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    1. John, I have just had another go at cleaning it using a lens blower and a small needle. I'll run another stack at 2x. Just to see.

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  2. Nice to read it that weather is better there. Weather forecast is +36C for this coming weekend in Hungary.
    Great macros about this lovely but already dead bee.
    Greetings, Miklos

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    1. Kovacs, that is too hot. 25C here and even this is a bit warm.

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  3. A stack of 25 shows true dedication.

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    1. R.Mac, still is. Though she's an ex-bee.

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  5. Beautiful sunrise shot, and great capture of that sunburst!

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    1. Linda, thank you. I was just awake at the right time.

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  6. Estaras contento con ese brillante sol...Espero que no se salgan nunca de la pantalla ;)
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, es un cambio muy agradable para estar caliente.

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  7. Lovely view of the sunrise Adrian. We haven't seen the sun this week ~ the place is getting soggy.

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    1. Carol, I think I am getting your weather.

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    1. Bob, I found it on the path. It is a pretty dead bee.

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  9. Oh yes! this is the dead one. You had all kinds of challenges on this one. I like what you've done.

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    1. Red, yes there is a major project in the pipeline. I shan't use this bee though as it's a bit too awkward to model.

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  10. Stunning images, I reckon the bee looks better not too tidy.

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    1. Douglas, I still find this system is a bit hit and miss. The slightest movement and it all goes pear shaped. I take twenty plus images when ten or so would do at 1:1 as I can discard rogue frames.

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  11. Rather than a watercolour brush, perhaps you could use a tiny car vacuum cleaner to spruce up your bees. Amazing images sir.

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    1. YP, I read an article on cleaning insects for still life and the chap uses an ultrasonic cleaner and then some chemical to relax them so he can adjust their wings and limbs. I prefer taking pictures of living ones. I did try a sewing needle and my camera lens puffer thing.

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    1. Graham, it beats repairing mowers.

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  13. One of these days I'm going to have to try focus stacking. Trouble is, I'm just so impatient to take the time with all the technical stuff!!

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    1. Karen, I think Zerene is by far the best, it's free for thirty days and works across most OSs. Combine Z was one of the first and is free but no longer supported, it was also a pain to use and a fine generator of really naughty words.

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  14. HI Adrian Stunning imagesof the Bee. If you were trying to count my sunset shots, you were not relaxed enough!!! They were suposed to just wash over you. Sorry it didn't workfor you. Have a lovely weekend. Happy insect hunting.

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