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Old 05-23-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Meiosimyza fly

I was testing a new flash set-up in my garden the other day and found a few of these tiny flies (Meiosimyza sp.) wandering around on a bracken fern. They were tiny (4-5mm long; about 1/10 inch), colourful and mobile: the perfect test subjects for the flash!

I shot the fly at F16, so the resolution isnít as sharp as it could be. I would have preferred to use F11, but I needed as much depth of field as I find hand-holding the camera for subjects this small is difficult at the best of times, but I found the new flash set-up a little too heavy and clumsy. It didnít help of course that the flies were sitting on a fern only about 30cm (1 foot) above the ground, and it would have been easier if Iíd attached the camera to a monopod. So I got a lot of nicely exposed but out of focus pictures; a few nicely exposed pictures where the fly had turned away from the camera; and this one nicely exposed, composed and properly focused photo. Clearly I am on the right track as far as lighting, but I think I need something lighter and simpler that gives the same results. I really need something that sets-up in seconds, preferably with the flash attached directly to the camera hot shoe. I have some ideas for how to put that together...


sm fly may 18_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:58 PM   #2
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I like its color. Nice Shot!
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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What are your thoughts on a ring flash for macro shots?

(Great pic, thanks for sharing!)
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