Since I noticed the amount of bumble action going on in front of our house, I’ve been hoping to get a shot similar to one I took about a year ago today of a bee just getting all up in some pollen. I haven’t yet managed to get one with quite the same charm as a pollen powdered bee butt dangling out of a flower, but I was happy with the turnout in this shot, as the bee is still in flight.
I tried using my Magsphere for this shot, as it makes my flash much less top heavy to help with stability, and doesn’t hang as far over and above the lens, which keeps me from bumping it into things while trying to shoot. One of the tradeoffs for that though is that it throws light in every direction instead of concentrating it specifically on the subject directly in front of the lens. Because of that, our quaint puke-brown fence shows up in the background just enough to not be able to force it back into shadow, while not being illuminated enough to provide a stark contrast to the foreground. Posing bees is hard, man.
I took this with my 90mm lens, shooting at 1/200 and f29 with an ISO of 100. I used a strobe with a Magsphere attached.