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Sarcophaga sp. of Fly.

By Emilpix
Exploring the smaller inhabitants of a garden I came across this red-eyed creature. The specific identification of flies is a dark art in many cases and it is not possible to refine the nature of this individual without intimate examination that I am neither equipped nor prepared to do! Needless to say quite difficult to photograph given its size but also because the slightest movement of its perch increased the ability to focus accurately. Nonetheless quite pleased with this effort. Image was marginally cropped and high pass sharpening applied.

Tags: Diptera Wildlife and nature

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LotaLota 2 4 Lithuania
19 Aug 2018 5:29PM
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
19 Aug 2018 7:02PM
Its a good shot. A small reduction in exposure, may help as would some noise reduction.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
19 Aug 2018 7:19PM
I recognise soemthing here that I tend to do when rushed - rather central placement. You wrote that you'd cropped, so you could easily have sorted this - see my mod.

To my mind, the frame may be a bit wide, especially on the web: every pixel counts.

I'll add, having downloaded and opened in PS, that it is less than critically sharp - at 1/180, that could easily be subject movement, I reckon.
SWMahy 13 21 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2018 8:36PM
I think the overall look of this is good. It's colourful and bright, and I personally like the exposure. It looks like it was taken on a sunny day but you've avoided any unattractive hot spots. (I find sunlight glare on insect eyes can really detract from a shot like this.)
On closer inspection there is a lot of noise in background - perhaps made worse by the sharpening? The fly itself also looks a bit over sharpened, giving the appearance of perhaps a heavier crop than it was? I would suggest less (or finer) sharpening, ideally applied selectively to the fly. And/or noise reduction applied just to the non-fly parts.
Photographing insects when they are active in the day can be extremely tricky. I've had my best results very early in the morning, when they are far less active. If you're lucky you might find something covered in dew, which could make an otherwise ok shot into something really special.
Hope that helps Smile
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
19 Aug 2018 9:31PM
It's a decent shot - and it would gain votes from the macro fraternity if posted in the main Gallery.

Selective noise reduction and sharpening as Steve suggests is a good approach here (and other situations benefit from that treatment too).

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2018 8:56AM
This is pretty good. It is sharp where it needs to be and rather better than most macro shots we see. It is a little over exposed to me and I would be working a touch on the background with the burning in tool.

Identity? A common house fly I think, but there are so many. Depends on if you wished to sell or exhibit the image - you would need correct identification for most purposes.

22 Aug 2018 11:54AM
Thank you all for helpful comments.

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