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Name: Alan
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pikaia
Jul 15, 2020 1:48 PM CST
An acquaintance has set up a hide and reflection pool to photograph these German Wasps, Vespula germanica. They are attracted by honey solution squirted into the edge of the water. I shot over 1400 photographs in a little over an hour, and most were rubbish, but I got plenty of keepers. I never thought I would ever get photos like these!

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Name: Joshua
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Australis
Jul 15, 2020 6:36 PM CST

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Amazing photos, Alan. Great job.
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Leftwood
Jul 15, 2020 7:03 PM CST
I suppose you're bound to get a few good ones, but these are incredible!

No stingers?
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Jul 16, 2020 11:37 AM CST
Wow--That is sooo neat! Well done Smiling
We have a very popular drinking pool...
please, tell us what the set up is --the lighting is fantastic!
Name: Zoë
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nmoasis
Jul 16, 2020 12:35 PM CST
Those are breathtaking. Thank you sharing them.
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Name: Alan
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pikaia
Jul 16, 2020 1:17 PM CST
dirtdorphins said:
please, tell us what the set up is --the lighting is fantastic!

They were lit by a slave flash on each side of the camera. The hide had mesh to keep the wasps out, with the camera pointing through. (One wasp did get in but it behaved itself.) For the flight shots there was a small piece of wood in the pool for the wasps to land on so that they would all be at about the same distance. The background is just the black of the pool at the rear - you could add a green background if you prefer.

Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Jul 17, 2020 7:41 AM CST
Ours is a really cool rock out in the open...will need to ponder on that a bit.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 17, 2020 12:25 PM CST
Wow! Those are amazing photos, Alan. Nicely done and all your behind the scenes work looks like it paid off Thumbs up
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William
Jul 18, 2020 2:25 AM CST

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Spectacular photos. I love them. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Many thanks for sharing them, Alan.

scilover
Jul 19, 2020 10:48 PM CST
Woah, these are amazing photos! Such high quality of pictures. I can see the details of the wasps so clearly.
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Friesfan1
Aug 8, 2020 8:21 AM CST
pikaia said:An acquaintance has set up a hide and reflection pool to photograph these German Wasps, Vespula germanica. They are attracted by honey solution squirted into the edge of the water. I shot over 1400 photographs in a little over an hour, and most were rubbish, but I got plenty of keepers. I never thought I would ever get photos like these!

Canon 180mm macro on Canon 7Dii. These are all selective enlargements from part of the frame, sometimes considerably so.



Those are amazing photos!

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