Stuart Ord  

Macro Fly by Stuart Ord

June 2022 - Macro Fly

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Olympus M1ii, Olympus 60mm macro lens at 1/80 sec, f16, ISO 5000, natural outdoor light.

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8 comments posted

Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
Stuart this fly is wonderful. ALIVE or DEAD? [ I am assuming alive]. the wings are spectacular. the body and head looks really good. I would not expect the body to be in total focus. I am assuming you did not stack. f16 seems just right. great subject. what is the background?   Posted: 06/13/2022 23:36:25
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thanks, Pat. You 're right, it's not from a stack, and its head is a bit soft as a result I think. If it had been a person I'd have taken it facing me rather than away from me and then could have focussed on the eyes! It was on a tree trunk, if I remember correctly.
It was alive, but stayed still for quite a while.   Posted: 06/14/2022 02:19:38
Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
stuart I think it works that the head is on that end because it lets you focus on the WINGS. if head was looking at me I would be focusing on if the head was in focus. this orientation bypasses that.   Posted: 06/18/2022 22:06:22

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
The wings are definitely the thing in this image. Monochrome is very appropriate here as it removes the distraction of colors. My only issue is the noise, which is to be expected at ISO 5000. I ran it through Topaz Denoise AI, then added a titch of clarity in Affinity Photo. Thoughts?   Posted: 06/20/2022 08:52:34
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Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Yes, it was late evening and starting to get dark. I perhaps could have got a hand-held focus bracket done, I was just wandering around looking for things to shoot, and this one came out better than expected!

You've definitely improved it by noise reduction, Tom.   Posted: 06/20/2022 10:44:57
Pat Glenn   Pat Glenn
wow tom the noise reduction really makes this image pop!
  Posted: 06/20/2022 19:28:18

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
The use of monochrome really worked well! As you pointed out, the head is soft, creating tension for me as a viewer. But fantastic capture of the body! You could have tried focus stacking or adjusted your camera angle to come down on a more parallel angle from above if you couldn't get to the other side to shoot. But I think it's a nice shot.   Posted: 06/20/2022 09:41:03

Keith Au   Keith Au
Great shot, Stuart.. Love the transparent wings and the blurred background.. Perfect for monochrome presentation..
With the 60mm macro lens, you probably have to get pretty close but not to scare the fly away. Amazing.

Tom's denoising using Topaz makes an impacting improvement. Good stuff.   Posted: 06/20/2022 20:03:40