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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Macro Technqiue shooting Bee fly on hand one handed

I try not to share just a macro shot or two, but a macro photography tip as well in my blog. And I am not going to make any exception here. This macro photography tip, however, will only work if you have a short or medium focal length macro lens, such as the Canon 100mm macro lens, Canon 60mm macro lens, or the Canon MP-E65 1X-5X Macro Lens.

But first a bit of story and drama first :D

A bee fly (Bombyliidae) on hand is better than ten in the bushes. 

I found this tiny bee fly (Bombyliidae), no more than 4mm i think, on a leaf but when i tried to photograph it, the bee fly took off and started hovering around me. I put my left hand near the bee fly and lo and behold - the bee fly (Bombyliidae) it perched on my hand. Perfect. Contrary to popular beliefs, it's actually easier to shoot one-handed for as long as part of the lens is rested against the left hand. It's a brilliant slr macro photography tip / technique I learned from one of my mentors LordV.This macro technique will need quite a bit of getting used to but keep at it and you'll benefit from this simple yet wonderful macro technique tremendously.

I snapped as many shots as i could with a pink leaf on the background.

All with 40D, MPE65 1X-5X macro lens, MT24EX twin flash with DIY Concave Diffuser. Full flash: 1/200, F11, ISO100, handheld

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The moral of the story - keep trying. If you don't try, you'll never know. The same skittish insect you saw yesterday might be super cooperative today.


  1. Cool OM! where did you found the bee fly? haven't seem one around my place yet =(

  2. Thanks JW. Not very common i must say. Seen it twice only so far. Once at a hill in Segambut and this time at Gasing. You'll need more than 1:1 to capture this :P

  3. this capture using mp-e65 or ur canon 100mm macro?

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