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Hover Fly

By JackieB    
Not having much luck with this macro lark, this is the best out of 18 Smile

Tags: Close-up and macro

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Philo 11 99 83 England
30 Jul 2010 7:40PM
I feel you are doing better than you think. The fly is incredibly sharp which is the important thing. The composition doesn't quite work for me though and I feel that a crop to place the subject in the bottom third would improve things. I have offered a mod to that effect but would be very interested to see what others do as I have my doubts about my mod. I would definitely stick at it as you are clearly doing some things very well. It would be a good idea to post your camera settings for the more experienced guys to offer better critique.
Graham-Mead 11 12 9 England
30 Jul 2010 9:10PM
I think that I have done the same as Philo, cropped the shot, increased the saturation, decreased the light a little and added a bit of sharpness. I couldn't think of anything else to do. Keep going as something will click and it will all fall into place.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2010 5:22PM
The best out of 18? When I started with macro, I'd be lucky to get one good one out of 100. Even now, the butterflies are a great challenge, and I've filled two cards. At least half of them will be binned. I think you have done well here, don't be so hard on yourself. I'm just a bit concerned about your focus points. How many did you use? Because the tip of the flower and the bit of something thorny entering the frame top right are also sharp and don't need to be.
JackieB 11 18 3 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2010 10:13PM
Thanks for your comments. I can't remember what the settings were except I had it on aperture priority, which was set at f8. The focus points were on about 4 I believe, maybe I should have set it to a single focus point and a smaller aperture maybe.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2010 5:28PM
Yes, a single focus point for something like this.

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