Topic: Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 Macro: Some Daylight Macros & Stereos

Rare Opportunity for Bee Stereos

I had photographed the partly opened flowers of a tree paeony but cold and dull weather had delayed further opening by two or three days. When, on a slightly warmer and brighter, but still chilly, day the flowers opened more, I found a motionless honey bee in one of them. It was holding on to pollen-loaded stamens but it needed sugary fuel for flight.  After the end of the session I provided that, in the form of diluted honey.

The almost total lack of motion by the bee eliminated subject motion (apart from when gusts of light breezes moved the flower) and gave the opportunity for some daylight stereo pair exposures. Normally, bees walk around fairly continuously when in a flower and their legs and antennae are constantly moving. Changes of position between the two frames of a stereo pair spoils the 3D effect to a greater or lesser effect. Not a problem on this occasion.

Using natural light for stereo pairs keeps the direction of lighting constant, not fully possible with camera-mounted flash, with changes of angle leading to two sets of shadows at different angles, spoiling the effect.

Olympus EM-1, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f14 or f16. 1/100 to 1/150 sec, hand-held.

The stereo pairs are crosseye, except the final anaglyph.