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Face shot of house fly



Head shot of a female house fly. Taken with a nikkor 28mm f2.8D lens reverse mounted on D5100.

Head shot of a female house fly. Taken with a nikkor 28mm f2.8D lens reverse mounted on D5100.
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MelissaSword PRO
 
MelissaSword March 06, 2015
Great contrast!
SaintMarino
SaintMarino March 07, 2015
Thank you... :)
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tmlakshmi May 21, 2015
congratulations. awesome
SaintMarino
SaintMarino May 21, 2015
Thank you... :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
At the rooftop garden of the building I live.
Time
It was in the morning, maybe around 8 AM.
Lighting
It was a cloudy morning, giving some pleasant ambience to the light. I used pop-up flash to illuminate the subject.
Equipment
Nikkor 28mm f2.8D lens reverse mounted to a Nikon D5100. Pop-up flash was fired through a pop-up flash diffuser.
Inspiration
I was looking to get s few macro images of insects that day, and luckily, found this fly sitting on top of a leaf. Seeing the opportunity to get some macro images, I started taking photos. The fly seemed to be pretty ok with me pointing a lens to its face and firing flashes of light, giving me opportunity to take multiple shots from different angles.
Editing
To start with, I added 0.8 stops of exposure, brought up the shadows to +100, pulled down the highlights to -100. Finally, added some clarity and sharpness.
In my camera bag
That depends on the situation; for macro, my setup is fairly simple with the Nikon D5100 body with Nikkor 28mm f2.8D lens reverse mounted on it. I recently have purchased a 4-way focusing rail, hope to use it in future.
Feedback
Macro photography is challenging because of the technical challenges it brings with it (very shallow DOF, magnified camera shake if done handheld, lighting, etc.), especially taking pictures of insects. Be patient around them, and avoid any sudden movements that might scare them away. I will always advise to use flash when taking such photos, since it will allow you to fire off at higher shutter speeds, and effectively negate any camera shake when taking photos handheld.

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