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    The Washing ...

    Hanging out the washing I noticed movement at my feet. A closer look revealed a honey bee come to rest on the grass. An unusual place for honey bees.

    Maybe she was tired from her early morning foraging, just taking a break. More likely she was knocked from the air, as healthy as she looks to be.

    After a while I helper her to the jacket I had just hung up, got a few shots and left her to rest, preen and warm up in the sun.

    She seemed content to be alive, doing no more than survive as she served her nature, to gather for the hive.

    When I came back she was gone. Life moves on, things change, with a little help.

    And there’s always some washing to be done.

    All’s well in paradise, well enough.

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    Not the prettiest face you ever saw, but she is a beauty. Tireless in her service to our amazing nature.


    I could see no reason for her to be on the ground, no damage or sign of exhaustion. Some things just are.


    It took a while for her to steady herself but once up she was inquisitive of her situation, being handled with care.


    Raising her up before she fell, time for a shot or two on the way. Quiet little beauty bee, stingless today.

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    Up on the washing line I had a few clothes. I put her to sit a while and she took to it easy, no worries on her little mind.


    Manipulating the cloth for some background and the shot with some detail, she began her cleaning routine.


    Wiping down her tongue here, the eyes and antennae get regular attention. Clean and proud is her way.


    And in the end we take what nature offers. She’s still in charge, despite our best efforts. Trusting intelligence wins out.

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    Re: The Washing ...

    Excellent Mark. Love those dark background shots!

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    Re: The Washing ...

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB1 View Post
    Up on the washing line I had a few clothes. I put her to sit a while and she took to it easy, no worries on her little mind.


    Manipulating the cloth for some background and the shot with some detail, she began her cleaning routine.


    Wiping down her tongue here, the eyes and antennae get regular attention. Clean and proud is her way.


    And in the end we take what nature offers. She’s still in charge, despite our best efforts. Trusting intelligence wins out.
    More incredible shots Mark. Thanks for sharing.

    I've been looking at your website a lot recently (an incredible resource for someone learning the finer art of macro) and practicing my macro shots. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of a link to a good resource for information on and availability of achromats and there use. I have had a Canon 100mm f2.8 IS L macro lense for a while and have recently picked up a flash as my body doesn't have one and have been getting my head around using that and directing and filtering the light.

    Cheers Nate

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    Quote Originally Posted by closei View Post
    Excellent Mark. Love those dark background shots!
    Thanks C... A clean contrast is usually best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate_Patterson View Post
    More incredible shots Mark. Thanks for sharing.

    I've been looking at your website a lot recently (an incredible resource for someone learning the finer art of macro) and practicing my macro shots. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of a link to a good resource for information on and availability of achromats and there use. I have had a Canon 100mm f2.8 IS L macro lense for a while and have recently picked up a flash as my body doesn't have one and have been getting my head around using that and directing and filtering the light.

    Cheers Nate
    Thanks Nate.

    I go into it all in my sig link - http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - in the comments links can be found to other stuff.

    Achromats - http://www.ki.tng.de/~sgude/achromats.html

    Setups - https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820 - of people who know how to do it.

    Light (size) for macro - http://strobist.blogspot.com.au/2007...ent-light.html

    And when you know what you want, or don't want, posting pix for critique is a good way to advance your process until 'as good as you can get, for now' is second nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkB1 View Post
    Thanks Nate.

    I go into it all in my sig link - http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - in the comments links can be found to other stuff.

    Achromats - http://www.ki.tng.de/~sgude/achromats.html

    Setups - https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/780820 - of people who know how to do it.

    Light (size) for macro - http://strobist.blogspot.com.au/2007...ent-light.html

    And when you know what you want, or don't want, posting pix for critique is a good way to advance your process until 'as good as you can get, for now' is second nature.
    Thanks Mark much appreciated.

    I'll be looking into these links as soon as I get a chance to sit and focus on it all.

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    Re: The Washing ...

    Fascinating insight into a wonderful creature

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbymac View Post
    Fascinating insight into a wonderful creature
    Cheers Robby...

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