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The Assassin by Donald Dunn

September 2020 - The Assassin

September 2020 - Donald Dunn


About the Image(s)

Date photo made: August 29, 2020
Location: Middle Fork Barrens Natural Area, Saline County, Arkansas

Camera: Sony a7riii, handheld
Lens: Tamron E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071
Lens length: 200 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250
Apperture: f/10
ISO: 6400

Post Processing: Lightroom
Significantly cropped and rotated to 8 X 10 aspect; slightly increased exposure, contrast, whites shadows, and blacks; added texture and clarity, sharpened, and reduced noise; decreased post crop vignetting.

3 comments posted

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
The insect is in sharp focus making its orange tipped legs and the big eyes stand out. I like how you have the diagonal branch leading the viewer to the insect.   Posted: 09/09/2020 22:00:52

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
So I was trying to understand why you titled it Assassin. Then took a screen shot and put into iNaturalist (a fantastic app to help identify plants, animals, birds, and insects). I also use Merlin Bird ID and I find both exceptionally easy). If you are interested just look on your App Store. It is identified as a Subspecies in the Asilidae family often know as the robber fly. Most likely the Red Footed Cannibal fly.

Great detail in this image and spot on with the depth of field. If you know anything about this insect I would love to hear any information you have. Not have encountered this yet!   Posted: 09/24/2020 11:46:46

David Henderson   David Henderson
Hi Donald
The composition looks good with the way you have positioned the fly on the stick running left to right. Even with the big crop the sharpness still looks good.   Posted: 09/25/2020 02:58:04


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