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Eye shot!!!



A closeup shot of an house fly eye!!

A closeup shot of an house fly eye!!
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eelcovanroden PRO
 
eelcovanroden August 28, 2017
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
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Gunashekar August 28, 2017
Thank you!!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 28, 2017
Awesome capture. Congrats!
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Gunashekar August 29, 2017
Thank you!!
Macromanic
 
Macromanic August 30, 2017
Congrats, this image is awesome
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Gunashekar August 30, 2017
Thank you!!!
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yashzg September 02, 2017
Awesome
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Gunashekar September 03, 2017
Thank you!!
shelleymillercampbell
 
shelleymillercampbell November 11, 2017
Holy Macro! Amazing capture!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was captured in Coorg, Honey Valley Home Stay. This place is also called as land of macros, and it is a heaven for macro photographers. Subjects right from variety of insects, reptiles, birds, and amphibians are spotted at this place. July to February end is the right time to visit this place.
Time
Well, what I remember was that I shot this image under an umbrella and it was raining, we didn't had enough light to capture this picture. This house fly was not moving at all, it was raining and also it was cold. The instinctual movement was not there for this fly due to varying weather conditions. Afternoon, around 1:30 PM was the time when this picture was clicked.
Lighting
The challenge at this place is rain. It keeps raining through out the day, you need a friend who can help you to make such images by holding an umbrella for you and covering your valuable camera and lens being drenched in the rain. Also, a Camera with magnesium body to sustain few rain drops. After rain, the next big challenge is lens getting fogged. There was no sunlight, that's the reason the image has fewer shadows and highlights. I used the manual ring flash fired with 1/4th of a sec, so that I can get ample light on the images eye.
Equipment
Nikon D300s with 105mm Macro lens coupled with Raynox filter and a ring flash. This was a handheld shot.
Inspiration
I love macro subjects and the variety they bring into the photography. I wanted to create an image with more details and sharpness in the image. Robber fly and dragon flies were my interests, and there weren't many in this place. I saw this housefly sitting on this beautiful purple flower, there were contrasting backgrounds (see my profile, housefly with a green background), after making several shots with this background, I realized that house fly was very supportive and it was not moving. With the Raynox filter in my bag, I saw that there is an opportunity to create a magical eye image of this housefly, with all set and not disturbing any objects near by, I made this shot handheld.
Editing
I always take pictures in RAW mode, yes, post processing is done to remove lens aberration. I have corrected the colors so that the image looks crisp and sharp in the final output.
In my camera bag
According to shooting requirement I carry my favorite Nikon D300s body, Nikon 35mm prime, Nikon 105mm macro lens, a Ring flash, torch, extra battery and memory cards, cleaning cloth, leather gloves (since this area had venomous snakes), and a Manfrotto tripod.
Feedback
If you are aiming to become a macro photographer, then have a better understanding of focal length. This will help you to shoot from a certain distance, and helps to you create images with different perspective. Practice macro photography with every still object at home, spoons, flowers, ear phones, watches, cereals, and with any tiny objects at home. Practicing every day under different light conditions helps you to be very reactive when you encounter a subject during the actual shoot. When you go closer you lose light, understand what settings is required here, bump the ISO up, cut the shutter speed, use large aperture, or use a ring flash to get decent light. Play with ring light output, cover the lighting surface with tissue paper you will get a diffused light effect on the subject. Practicing every day will allow you to understand the light better and you will have a different approach towards capturing the image. Good luck!!

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