These were taken hand-held with a Sony NEX6 camera body and a manual focus Tamron 90mm macro lens. With this "old" lens on the Sony body there is no image stabilization. However, when shooting outdoors like this I like to use 1/200th second shutter speed to freeze any slight subject motion.
On the image immediately below I used the small Sony HLV-20AM flash (Guide number of 20) along with a small bounce card to spread the light. A bounce card used out-of-doors loses lots of light. But when you are close as I was there is still plenty of light deflected toward the subject. I used the maximum sync speed available (1/160th second). This turned out to be fast enough to freeze the fly (but not quite the wings) of the fly/bee in the lower right corner.
|Note the little flying insect in the lower right, caught in mid-air.|
I saw him (her? it?) fly into view as I was pressing the shutter.
|Bee on Poppy|