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20/52 Common Green Bottle Blowfly

By sherlob    
Still practising with my new macro lens. This time I turned my attention to the wheel-e-bin! I have a few things to sort in regard to technique - this is handheld and I wonder if a tripod would be better. I think it would be a mixed blessing - a better result, but harder to capture. I'm using extension tubes here, but I'm not sure I've fully got the hang of them. I believe the latest firmware for the 5D MkIV has a focus bracketing feature - does anyone know if this is true? I need to investigate further...

Ugly, but well engineered for purpose. Interesting to see magnified and up close. The white dots that you can see I think are pollen. For all the bad press flies get for spreading disease their role in pollination shouldn't be forgotten.

Have a great week,


Tags: Macro Fly Insect Close-up and macro Ugly Green bottle Metalic 1 of 52 project 1 out of 52 project Blofly Common greenbottle

Voters: mike9005, michaelo, KarenFB and 45 more

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michaelo Plus
14 15 1 United Kingdom
17 May 2020 8:44PM
Cracking image ,what size extension tube did you use?
KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 183 England
17 May 2020 8:47PM
Amazing details and colours. You've caught it brilliantly!
johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
17 May 2020 8:56PM
A superb macro image !
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
17 May 2020 9:03PM
48mm in total (x2 tubes - 36mm and a 12mm)
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
17 May 2020 9:42PM
This is a fantastic shot without doubt however you did it! David
17 May 2020 10:09PM
Excellent shot, love the iridescent colours! Very well taken.

Dave 🙂
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
17 May 2020 10:17PM
A tripod would help but having said that I can't remember when I last used one for insect photography, preferring to be mobile.
i think you'd need a tripod for best results with focus bracketing.
No complaints about the result here though.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
17 May 2020 10:49PM
Impressive image. Unless you create a food "trap" for them to land on and feed , the time it will take to set a tripod, if you accidentally meet one, it would risk you the chance of taking the shot.
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
17 May 2020 10:58PM
Doh! Food trapping. Now why didnít I think of that!
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
18 May 2020 8:32AM
Impressive for hand-held, Adam!
You definitely need a tripod if you are going to try focus bracketing...guess how I know.Wink
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
18 May 2020 9:00AM
Amazing macro!
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
18 May 2020 9:28AM
Umm... now let me guess Malc...

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