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 Eastern Calligraphy fly (hover fly) by Pierre Williot

July 2024 - Eastern Calligraphy fly (hover fly)

About the Image(s)

Title: Eastern Calligraphy fly (hover fly)

Equipment: OM-1 Mark II camera, OM System 90 mm macro lens, Hand held
Set-up: ISO 800, 1/400 sec, f/9, EV -1
Minor adjustments using ON1 Photo Raw 2024 (noise reduction, mild cropping, light adjustments)

Keeping up with bugs! This is an Eastern Calligraphy fly (member of the overflies).
This is a non biting fly (just in case one does not like bugs…)

11 comments posted

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
I like the sharpness of the details, especially how the wings look. I would suggest cloning or healing the leaf blemishes so they do not distract from the fly.   Posted: 07/06/2024 14:53:26
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Cindy   Posted: 07/06/2024 14:57:15

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Clearly captured fly with soft green background. I am impressed that you know the names of flies that don't bite. Mostly it is just the biting ones that we pay attention to.   Posted: 07/06/2024 17:05:53

Jaswant Madhavan   Jaswant Madhavan
Love it. Beautiful capture.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:54:53
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Jaswant   Posted: 07/09/2024 09:04:00

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Your macro work is truly beautiful. The color harmony has added to making this a perfect composition.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:08:19

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Mervyn   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:21:46

Diane Perry   Diane Perry
I love the details on the fly. In real life how big are they. Were you tracking this fly or waiting for one to land in this spot?   Posted: 07/09/2024 23:35:59
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
This fly was approximately 4 to 5 mm long. I used a macro lens (although it could be done with essentially any lens, even telephoto, with extension tubes as needed).
Unfortunately, these creatures do what they want to do …. Patience is key - and yes, they can be followed but it is difficult to do with these small ones. It is much easier to follow dragonflies, damselflies, bumble bees ….
In early morning they do not move as quickly (when they are cold), but this image was in mid day.
Having the camera lens perpendicular to the "model" helps having everything in focus.
One needs a lot of practice, and multiple images, to get one tack sharp.
Just take your time and have fun!   Posted: 07/10/2024 07:11:04

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
The detail you were able to capture is amazing. I think that it is a nice piece as the colors work well and the subject stands out against the background. I think your crop works well as well.   Posted: 07/15/2024 09:17:53
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks Jacob. I remember that your first few submissions were on insects and I pointed to ways to improve the images. These included: non non-competing background, the main axis of the animal perpendicular to the lens, etc...

One of the main advantage of the iPhone camera is the good depth of field, and the fact that you mostly have it on you. In my hands, the main disadvantage is to maintain stability, closeness, and sharp focus.   Posted: 07/16/2024 10:47:39


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