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Overwintering European hornet (Vespa crabro) with Venus 60 m

 
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Henk Wallays



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:55 am    Post subject: Overwintering European hornet (Vespa crabro) with Venus 60 m Reply with quote

Well during winter it's difficult to find live nature models overhere, but with some luck I actually stumbled upon this overwintering queen of the European hornet. She was residing underneath an old mosscovered log of wood. Just took some shots of here ( undercooled they are easier to photograph) and then put her back in the place where I found her...

This is a single shot, handheld with the Venus optics 60 mm macfro and twinflash. The location was somewhat photo unfriendly , as it was quite dark (under pinetrees) an rather moist too, so there I was flat on my belly taking shots of this otherwise less willing model.

The twinflash settings were set to 1/32 or 1/64 ( don't really recall anymore) , 1/160 sec and F8. As for ISO I had to push that a bit and went all up to 800 ISO. The heads of the twinflash are covered with white/oiled baking paper to offer some diffusion. As the animal was slightly wed I do tend to get some white reflection ... but still I preferrred being there half frozen over staying another day indoors ;-)



[img]Vespa crabro by Henk Wallays, on Flickr[/img]
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good, and good story about how you got the picture.
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