Extreme macro: Bee

Another subject I have wanted to photograph in extreme macro is the honey bee. I was fortunate to be able to find a dead specimen in excellent condition to be my model for this shoot.For my extreme macro shoot, I prefer to use my Sony A6000 with the Leica Focotar-2 50mm F4.5 lens mounted on my macro bellows. This allows for capture of high quality images. I used electronic first shutter to ensure there is minimal vibration which could impact on the captured image. The magnification was about 3x (4.5x including the crop factor).  As usual I took many images which were then stacked in Helicon Focus.

Bee face extreme macro
Bee face extreme macro
100% crop
100% crop
Bee eye extreme macro
Bee eye extreme macro
100% crop
100% crop
Bee body extreme macro
Bee body extreme macro
100% crop
100% crop

This is the first time I have been able to photograph a honey bee in such detail, thanks to the 24 megapixels of the Sony A6000, particularly when paired with the very sharp Leica Focotar-2 50mm F4.5 lens. This combination allows me to get much higher magnification than longer focal length enlarger lenses. And if you consider that this is a very UV-capable lens as well, then the cost will seem more reasonable. The Bee in UV thread coming soon.

Boon