EK Abdulrahiman  

Cleaning on Progress by EK Abdulrahiman

July 2021 - Cleaning on Progress

July 2021 - EK Abdulrahiman


About the Image(s)

Morning macro shoot done on 09/07/2021
Lens - macro lens 105mm fixed, Focusing - Auto, F stop - 6.3, ISO - 300, Shutter speed - 1000/sec.

A fly was sitting on flower perch and cleaning the hands, felt so interesting and used the morning back light. processed image in Photoshop

9 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Hi EK, and welcome to our little group of myopic photographers!

I like your photo. The rimlight makes it very striking. I'm always criticising the bird photographers on another site that I work with that "birds on sticks" are a bit boring after a while even if well done. I suppose the same could be argued for insects on plants, but not here as it is cleaning itself, which give rise to an interesting "pose". Early morning is a good time to go out hunting such scenes.

I like the clarity of the fly. The far wing and legs are blurred due to the aperture, but I usually find that adds to a photo as pin sharp front to back often looks a bit clinical or scientific rather than pictorial.

I wonder if a bit of cropping of the blurry background would focus interest more on the fly?   Posted: 07/10/2021 11:34:22
EK Abdulrahiman   EK Abdulrahiman
Dear Stuart,

Thanks for your valuable comments, well accepted, i was bit concerned about more cropping as it ends on pixilation
  Posted: 07/13/2021 12:54:36

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Good morning and welcome, Abdul! The pose of the bee makes the greatest impact, giving this a feeling of an event just about to happen. He is posing like a rearing horse about to leap off a small cliff! The backlight is great, and if you lift the shadows just a little bit more and maybe raise the white point, I think your image will have more pop. It feels a bit dark to my eyes still. Overall, I enjoy this image, and the soft background feels perfect to me, whereas I struggled somewhat with the frontal blur of the cactus.   Posted: 07/10/2021 17:14:26
EK Abdulrahiman   EK Abdulrahiman
Dear Carol,

Well noted all comments with thanks.   Posted: 07/13/2021 12:55:56

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Welcome EK!

As someone who can often be found looking for opportunities for macro shots of insects, I'm enjoying your image of this fly. One thing that immediately concerns me is that this appears to be "close-up" image, rather than a "true macro" image, where the ratio is 1:1. We have had discussions about this since the founding of the group in 2020. If you "PID Digital Dialogue" on our site, you'll see a link to our Bulletin Board, where you'll find this discussion "Thread Title: How to Achieve True Macro" near the bottom of the board.

One thing I would suggest for your image of the fly is cropping it to make the fly more apparent as I've done in the attached image. What do you think of this cropping?   Posted: 07/11/2021 10:53:20
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EK Abdulrahiman   EK Abdulrahiman
Dear Bill Foy,

Well noted all comments with great spirit...
the cropping is completely suits, actually my concerns was pixilation while do more cropping.   Posted: 07/13/2021 12:59:48

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
EK, I see you wish to be addressed as EK. So apologies for using the initial name I was provided! Welcome to our group!
  Posted: 07/11/2021 14:32:24
EK Abdulrahiman   EK Abdulrahiman
Dear Carol,

Definitely EK... no apologies please ...   Posted: 07/13/2021 13:02:06

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Welcome to our "little" band of macro experimenters on the outer edge of Digital Dialogue. You're starting off with "big" success. d;¬{D

Very unique capture. The lighting works quite well and you froze the action of the fly at work cleaning itself well so that it tells a story. I think Bill's crop helps to frame the scene better, but it works well enough without the crop.   Posted: 07/17/2021 13:49:14


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