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I spy a fly.

By Coen
Fly enjoying nectar from a cactus at Bakabung Lodge in Pilansburg National Park South Africa.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad 10 123 1170 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 8:26AM
You needed a much smaller aperture to get sufficient depth of field. You are very close indeed and there is a tiny plane of near sharpness. Macro is very difficult to do correctly and you usually need the right lens, which you have, small apertures, adequate shutter speed for freezing action and a low ISO for quality. This factors do not work well together, so you need a tripod or camera support, which can cause problems with skittish subjects or flash.

Many macro photographers use flash for insects to freeze action. It gets criticised for the potential dark backgrounds, but try and do it without! Most natural history text books use flash images because sharpness and detail outweigh the other considerations. Even with flash, an ordinary unit will not do. It misses the target. You need a ring flash or similar.

Not easy.


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Coen 4 2 South Africa
25 Jun 2013 6:32PM
Paul thanks for the info I wil do so ,I agree not easy need a lot of practice.

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