Stuart Ord  

Flesh fly on leaf by Stuart Ord

July 2021 - Flesh fly on leaf

About the Image(s)

I’ve often said I don’t like photographing bugs. But in some ways it’s an excuse as the few times I’ve tried I’ve had little success. So one day last week on a cool early morning I remembered reading that bugs are at their easiest to photograph as they are slow and less skittish in the relatively cold part of the day. To my surprise I found several insects and managed to snap them. This was the best. I might try some more now!

Canon M50ii, converted Canon 35-70 mm macro lens, approx. 0.8x magnification on the sensor, Nissin ring flash on TTL, f11 (1/160 sec but very short flash), ISO 100, processed in Affinity from RAW.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I like this fly shot, Stuart. Only suggestions I have are to crop some of the leaf from the right side and maybe f/16 would have made the forelegs clearer.   Posted: 07/11/2021 11:01:48
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thanks. Yes, I guess a bit off the right would be better. I like a bit of blur to give it some 3D, but this is too much. To be honest I was in the garden snapping things and not expecting to get anything useful so I didn't pay enough attention to the aperture, as with the flash you can have most what you like. This lens goes down to f32 at "80mm" (its highest magnification) although whether that's physical or includes for the magnification I don't know. The iris isn't changing size when it's "zoomed" (using depth of field preview to see it) so maybe it's the effective aperture. Either way, I could have done better! I wonder if it's still there.....   Posted: 07/11/2021 14:26:06
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I just checked. The fly's been expecting you to go back for another round of shots!   Posted: 07/11/2021 14:37:39
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
But it's dark now!   Posted: 07/11/2021 15:16:41

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
While I agree with Bill about the aperture and the right side, you have the important parts of the fly well in focus.

I had a go at playing around with the composition and came up with the following. Thoughts?   Posted: 07/17/2021 14:01:35
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