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Yellow Dung Fly

By danpen
I uploaded this shot a while ago, and while I really liked it it didn't do very well here.

I thought I'd try again having learnt a little more, I've altered the crop slightly and changed the levels. Also, now I'm on e2 I can upload a large version.

Please, if you look at this and don't like it, let me know why (constructive comments only).



Tags: Close-up and macro

Voters: mattberry, KBan, cats_123 and 14 more

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KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 7:22AM
Amazing detail! Keith

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14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
2 Jul 2005 7:31AM
wouldn't want to meet him on a dark night!!

great close-up

Se7enUK 13 114 England
2 Jul 2005 7:56AM
Excellent pose, was he paid :o)
IainH 13 82
2 Jul 2005 7:57AM
I liked the last one, the only constructive comment I can think off is the DOF on the fore legs & other parts of the body, other than that I can't fault it, the head & eyes are in perfect focus.


daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 11:25AM
A nicely detailed and pin sharp head and eyes, but I do agree that it would be nice to see the legs in focus also.


acbeat 13 14 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2005 5:15AM
great detail and eye contact.andy b
Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2005 1:10PM
great closeup
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2005 4:29PM
What I like most is the way the fly is clinging to the straight leaf edge, it adds a great sense of the microcosmos...

The focus is a little too shallow, although that has probably made the background more diffuse and as a result more effective with the composition. A difficult balance when you're this close!

The eyes are in focus, but there could be more detail. I think when you get this close, there's not much point unless you can make out, even if just a little, the individual cells in the eyes. This may be impossible with the lens you have though, flies vary enormously in size, so it can be difficult to impress when they're very small, no point of reference for the viewer!

If the forelegs were in focus and more of that superb leaf edge then the shot would leap out of the page... as it is, I love the colour, but it doesn't make me go wow, although I appreciate the technical hurdles you went through to get there!

There you go, you got your critique, raw but honest personal opinion!


danpen 14 15 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2005 9:45PM
Thanks for your comments, especially Tim, Iain and Fran. One of the main reasons I post stuff here is to try and get other views on my photos and help me learn, but there's not enough of that here.
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
5 Jul 2005 9:46AM
Hi Dan,Excellent capture,detail,colour/tone,texture,lighting,shadow and presentation.Amazing composition.Take care.AnnSmile
simont 14 2.3k 4 England
6 Jul 2005 12:03PM
Excellent capture, this looks really great in full size.
tredgold 13 4
18 Jul 2005 11:30AM
Again another good capture - well done for that, i agree with the other comments though, it would have been perfect if the rest of the body was in focus.
VNelson 13 3 United States
4 Dec 2005 10:03AM
What makes this for me is his gaze at the camera. Nice DOF at just the right spot.

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