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The Fly

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Once upon a time …

    There was a Fly that carried a raindrop around on his back just to see how far he could carry it before exhaustion and eventual death took him. He didn’t notice that to the observer he was a beautiful creature in a beautiful setting, when seen without reference to the stuff of mind, thought and emotion. This is what makes the race of men appear to be mad, the stuff we think is important that isn't.

    p1000176-mark-berkery.
     
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  2. yamark

    yamark Mu-43 Regular

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  3. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Awe-inspiring photograph. Kudos ...
     
  4. Uwharrie

    Uwharrie Mu-43 Veteran

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    Lynne Ezzell
    Holy cow! That is fantastic!
     
  5. riverr02

    riverr02 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Rafael
    Amazing photo!
     
  6. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Chris
    impressive indeed.
     
  7. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    gee whiz..
     
  8. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    LAWZY!

    ( short for lord have mercy)

    This may be the most amazing macro (micro) shot I've ever seen. :bravo-009::bravo-009::bravo-009:
     
  9. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
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    Phew! :clap2:
     
  10. trstenjak

    trstenjak Mu-43 Regular

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    Tadej Trstenjak
    Excellent achievement!
     
  11. m43dex

    m43dex Mu-43 Veteran

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    Great photo ... now what cam/lens and locale was used
     
  12. relic

    relic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 21, 2010
    Incredible! :2thumbs:
     
  13. shizlefonizle

    shizlefonizle Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 21, 2012
    amazing shot, would love to know how you got it
     
  14. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks for comments guys.

    How to reproduce? Most of it is in my sig, second link.

    Exif/properties is in the files. No stacking, too much work or time involved. Small sensor does the trick for dof. Indirect flash, snooted and diffused, to max contrast and keep highs from blowing - etc. Working distance is 2" so I can hold object platform for stability and manipulation of direction/background. PP is basic, in Picasa trim from 4/3 to 3/2 ratio for comp/balance, saturate and brighten with an eye on the histogram, and contrast. Angle of shot for as much in the plane of focus as possible. Denoise and sharpen. And that's the techs.

    It pays to know your subject; these flies are apt to roost at the tops of grass stems at a certain time of year when they are numerous, and so I put some flowers in the garden so they could use them also. This night it rained and flies rarely fly in the rain, I find it with a torch, I use LED for focus assist while holding the stem of flower - WD of 2" - and rotate to keep nearby flowers in BG. The picture is deceptive in that the angle shot was taken at was much higher than it looks, to get so much in the plane of 'acceptable' focus - small sensor means same dof in smaller frame is all - of course you have to be extremely careful not to spook the fly or tear the flower = careful/respectful/gentle approach delicate touch = self/physical and mental control - comes with much practise. It's 'all' in the sig link. :)

    I'll answer specific questions if there's any.
     
  15. johnc

    johnc Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 20, 2011
    Absolutely beautiful work.

    (and this coming from someone who has a phobia about insects) :)
     
  16. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Cheers John.
     
  17. emperorvince

    emperorvince Mu-43 Regular

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    Thats a beautiful pic..really makes you think
     
  18. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Debi
    simply amazing as usual!
     
  19. michaelfinch

    michaelfinch Mu-43 Regular

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    Wonderful photograph and thanks for posting. I'm sitting here contemplating a full frame DSLR for my work having dipped my toes in digi via MFT. I've not been disappointed and won't sell all the kit. It's too good to do that. The GF1 +20mm f1.7 is what I think our friends across the pond call a 'keeper'.
    Nevertheless, this pic is a great example of what can be achieved with the right approach with a much more modest camera. Inspiring.
    Cheers
    Michael
     
  20. totohdyt

    totohdyt Mu-43 Veteran

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    Woooowwwonderfull full:))