Michael Weatherford  

Silky Aster with Syrphid Fly by Michael Weatherford

November 2021 - Silky Aster with Syrphid Fly

About the Image(s)

This is an image of a rare wildflower, Barrens Silky Aster, with a visitor. The flower is growing on Warren Prairie in Bradley County southeast Arkansas. The flower is rare because it will grow on sites where the soil is highly alkaline and almost nothing else will. The visitor is a syrphid fly, also called hoverfly. Nikon Z7II with 70-200 f2.8 lens and 2X extender. 400mm; 1/500sec; f8.0; ISO 800. Processed in Lightroom. Cropped 30%. Darkened and desaturated background; sharpened and increased clarity on the fly.

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7 comments posted

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
You did a nice job of getting the fly in crisp focus. That can sometimes be a challenge with creatures that move. There are nice lines leading the bier through the image with the flower stem taking you to the flower head and petals pointing outward. When I look at the image I think about doing a little tighter crop; however, the negative space around the flower is pleasing as well. Nice image.   Posted: 11/03/2021 11:04:08

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The most impressive part of this image is the sharpness of the insect. Your processing procedure on the insect paid big dividends.

I do not feel that the composition works really well because the stem is so long and bright that it draws the eye away from the true subject---the flower and insect. I in opi9nion this would be much stronger as a square.   Posted: 11/05/2021 11:37:28

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Very nice Michael. The fly is the and flower go together well. I am with Larry on the square crop. If the stem were in focus I may have liked is as a leading line but it still seems to be pushing the flower out of the frame. Square it up and you have a winner.

  Posted: 11/06/2021 07:44:55

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
It's very funny. I always look at a photo and make my own evaluation first before reading the other reviews. My initial thought was - great shot, very sharp, good colors, but should probably have used a square crop.

Then, I read the other reviews. Well, I guess there is consensus anyway. Nice capture.   Posted: 11/06/2021 11:36:06

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Agreed! Square is better.   Posted: 11/18/2021 17:58:13

David Kepley   David Kepley
I/m very impressed with the sharpness of the fly. I'm sort of surprised more of the flower was not in focus, since you were at f8.0 I also like the idea of a square crop, reducing the left side of the photo. One problem I noticed was that since the bug's wings are transparent, they blend in with the petals of the flower behind. The only way to have reduced this is if you had shot the bug more head on instead of at an olique angle to the flower.   Posted: 11/22/2021 13:22:44

Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
This is a great sharp photo. Initially I liked the crop. Its probably something I would have done. I can see their point of the square crop though.   Posted: 11/25/2021 08:50:31