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    Marmalade Hoverfly

    Not many of these around this year.

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    Marmalade Hoverfly

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Wow, gorgeous image. Beautiful light, colour and detail.

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Agreed. Gorgeous shot.

    Good control of the highlights.

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    It's the superb lighting that stands out in this image, well done.

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Thanks all for your comments. I bought the Tokina as a portrait lens but occasionally it's pressed into use when I'm too lazy to go further than the garden.

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Not sure why these Episyrphus balteatus hoverflies have been absent this Spring, John. I usually find a few during March if the weather is warm.

    In the garden today, I just managed a fleeting glimpse of my first one this year.

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Hello John: This is truly an incredible shot. The sheen on the wings is quite stunning. I see you are using a 100 mm macro lens. Did you do any focus stacking? If not, how did you manage to achieve the relatively deep depth of field? I am just learning to use a new macro lens myself and am finding that the depth of field issue is quite challenging.

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan J View Post
    Hello John: This is truly an incredible shot. The sheen on the wings is quite stunning. I see you are using a 100 mm macro lens. Did you do any focus stacking? If not, how did you manage to achieve the relatively deep depth of field? I am just learning to use a new macro lens myself and am finding that the depth of field issue is quite challenging.
    I have the same admiration and the same question. My only thought is of a tip Mike Buckley offered me to the effect that increasing distance from the subject can afford DOF, followed by recovery the subject with a crop. Maybe that, here?

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan J View Post
    Hello John: This is truly an incredible shot. The sheen on the wings is quite stunning. I see you are using a 100 mm macro lens. Did you do any focus stacking? If not, how did you manage to achieve the relatively deep depth of field? I am just learning to use a new macro lens myself and am finding that the depth of field issue is quite challenging.
    No, I haven't focus stacked here Susan. It's a technique I have successfully tried on static subjects but I wouldn't be quick enough with a live subject. The DOF isn't that great. The RH wing is beginning to go OOF. It was taken at 1/320th sec @ f10 and so what there is there is down to a relatively small aperture and good light. The sheen on the wings is down to strong sunlight. I have in fact had to do a fair amount of highlight recovery.

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    Re: Marmalade Hoverfly

    Quote Originally Posted by Downrigger View Post
    I have the same admiration and the same question. My only thought is of a tip Mike Buckley offered me to the effect that increasing distance from the subject can afford DOF, followed by recovery the subject with a crop. Maybe that, here?
    Absolutely right Mark, that is something I am learning. Not only does it help the DOF but it makes following the subject much easier as well. Only down side is that you need a low ISO and therefore good light to avoid noise.

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