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Cluster Fly?

By brian1208
I do like this time of year with all the bugs coming out to pose for me! Smile

I think this one is a Cluster Fly (Pollenia rudis), some may find flies ugly but I think they make fascinating subjects to photograph.

Full-size, the reticulated eye and the scale pattern (interference pattern?) on the wings is very clear but I expect downsizing will lose some of that.

Tags: Macro Close up Close-up and macro Cluster fly Pollenia rudis Euonymus Emerald and gold Yellow background

Voters: danbaker1988, Kevlar, Rodmac and 20 more


ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2006 10:52AM
Really excellent macro detail, wonderful clarity and detail, a real beauty, well done.

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Rodmac 13 17 Scotland
27 Apr 2006 10:54AM
Pin sharp macro, nice background which really makes the fly stand out.
John_Frid 13 514 57 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2006 10:54AM
Fantastic close up. I love the detail and the yellow flower provides great colour.
27 Apr 2006 11:05AM
wonderful crisp shot, great close up
albi 15 68 1 England
27 Apr 2006 11:05AM
Excellent close up, pin sharp with loads of detail, and hand held too!

Nice work.
SueTurner 15 81 3 England
27 Apr 2006 11:06AM
brilliant detail Brian
bill c 15 1 England
27 Apr 2006 11:06AM
Amazing detail!! Excellent macro with good background. Well taken!!

CP_01 14 1
27 Apr 2006 11:13AM
Wow, the detail of this is amazing. Great work.
martinw 14 251 England
27 Apr 2006 11:43AM
Superb macro shot.
geoffash26 15 2.5k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2006 12:01PM
good stuff brian
MarkyMarc 14 498 Canada
27 Apr 2006 1:02PM
This is fabulous Brian! Very well done.

brian1208 16 11.6k 12 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2006 1:40AM
Thanks for the positive comments - I'm glad I'm not the only one that finds this type of shot interesting.

The yellow background is the leaves of a Euonymus "Emerald n' Gold" which is a tough but lovely variegated evergreen shrub
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
28 Apr 2006 2:34AM
Like you Brian, I think they're fascinating to shoot......You've certainly done a good job here mate, although I'm not a great fan of flash, the colours look really natural with this one.

brian1208 16 11.6k 12 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2006 5:41AM
Cheers Ade. I'm slowly getting to grips with the Sigma ringflash. It does let me shoot with low ISO in grey conditions (which we seem to have a lot of at present) so I'm going to stick with it
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
28 Apr 2006 5:16PM
Really good macro.

Tessie 13 3
29 Apr 2006 4:34AM
Being a close-up fan, particularly insects, your pic has definitely given me something to aspire to. Excellent.
brian1208 16 11.6k 12 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2006 11:24AM
Thanks Willie and Tessie
fishiee 15 478 3 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2006 10:09PM
Cracking shot Brian! Great colours and fabulous detail. The flash really does pick out all the hairs and fine details on inects. I've been playing a bit with flash too lately and hoping to sort out some arangement for fixing the flash off camera to highlight the details.
brian1208 16 11.6k 12 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2006 11:37PM
Thanks John, good to hear from you.

I find the Sigma ring with its adjustable left:right flash ratio works well for bringing out the detail.

My next move will be to put my sigma 500 super onto a macro-flash bracket and run it as a slave flash to try to get even more 3D detail. Could start getting cumbersome though?

I look forward to seeing the results you get
PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
3 May 2006 7:46PM
you are a master at these macro shots, Brian. Amazing detail.
by the sound of it you'll be needing a Tardis on a trolly rather than a camera bag though, LOL!

the background realy makes the whole image. I think it's ab-fab!
brian1208 16 11.6k 12 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 9:11PM
Thank you Pat. I've had a go with the slave flash idea - too unwieldy and unpredictable - so no Tardis required Smile

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