Helpful Posts Helpful Posts:  0
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: The obligatory fly shot

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario (mostly)
    Posts
    6,621
    Real Name
    Bobo

    The obligatory fly shot

    The obligatory fly shot.

    Nothing compared to the killer stuff by our macro experts but...

    1.
    The obligatory fly shot

    2.
    The obligatory fly shot

  2. #2
    gregj1763's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Launceston Tasmania
    Posts
    1,850
    Real Name
    Greg

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    Yeah, We all have to do fly shot with macro. I'm guilty as charged.
    What lens were you using, no exif data.
    Greg

  3. #3
    FrankMi's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA
    Posts
    6,294
    Real Name
    Frank Miller

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    An "Obligatory". I often wondered what that kind of fly was called! These buggers are hard to get that close to without them getting spooked. Did you use a really long lens?

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario (mostly)
    Posts
    6,621
    Real Name
    Bobo

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    Thanks Greg and Frank.

    Not particularly long considering I was but 2-3 inches off him from the front of the hood.
    The new version of the Sigma 150mm.

    EXIF is there but stupid Picasa/Google think that there is no point displaying it.

    Both shots were f5.6, 1/160-1/200. iso 200, diy diffused flash. Still seeing the effects of the flash so some more fine tuning needed to that thingy.

  5. #5
    Letrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Haarlem, Netherlands
    Posts
    1,683
    Real Name
    Peter

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    Looks good Bobo. The only thing I wondered about is the reflection in its right eye in the first photo, is that from the flash?

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario (mostly)
    Posts
    6,621
    Real Name
    Bobo

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    Thanks Peter.

    Not quite sure, it probably is. He is so tiny I could not make out what the light was going to do on it.

    Since those shots were taken have been thinking if I should just go with natural light for this beginning part of the macro journey. The only worry is that with smaller apertures the higher ISOs will certainly have to be used so not sure about that either.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    South Devon, UK
    Posts
    11,698

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    Don't worry too much about a few hot spot areas on insects, Bobo.

    Look through your lens before shooting. If they are there, you will still get them no matter what you do. It is the angle of natural light against a shiny surface which causes the problems.

    In fact I often find that the results are better using flash than with natural light. Increasing the Iso in order to reduce the flash output often makes matters worse for me. An Iso around 100 or 200 seems to give less hot spot problems than using Iso 800.

    The only answer seems to be using studio lighting under controlled conditions where you can move and adjust the light sources so you don't need flash. But this brings other potential problems of getting a suitable shutter speed when requiring a narrow aperture.

    It is much the same as attempting a portrait shot in bright sunshine compared with a carefully controlled studio shoot.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario (mostly)
    Posts
    6,621
    Real Name
    Bobo

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    Thanks Geoff, very useful info. Have been reading up a lot about this so much so that I am getting a headache hehe

    Going out now to see what I can get in a nearby park.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    South Devon, UK
    Posts
    11,698

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    On one of my posts, I have just added some extra links to a site which gives a massive amount of information about macro photography and stacking of multiple focused layers.

    About Focus Stacking

    This macrostop.com site seems to be full of information, far too much to take in casually. Each pdf download appears to be over 100 pages.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario (mostly)
    Posts
    6,621
    Real Name
    Bobo

    Re: The obligatory fly shot

    Thanks Geoff - that is exactly the site I was reading up on and my head is exploding.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •