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Hoverfly and Flower 食蚜蝇与花 | by Christopher Harry
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Hoverfly and Flower 食蚜蝇与花

This hoverfly close-up was taken with +4 close-up filter on a Nikon 18-55 mm lens. Hardly the ideal set of equipment for faux-macro work, but despite the technical challenge it presented, with a very low margin for error, I was fairly happy with the result. This was originally a colour shot, but I wasn't satisfied with the WB setting and the limited parameters for colour adjustment, so I decided to go with a virtually grey scale image instead. I say virtually because there are still some faint traces of colour in the above image. I used selective colour channels to further tweak the contrast and highlight nuances. Apart from capturing a clear image of the fly, everything else in the original image was technically flawed, burnt highlights, lots of noise, and a terrible colour reading from the sensor and perhaps also as a result from my lack of white balance technique. After getting the contrast and detail down, I had to painstakingly smudge out and smart blur a huge amount of jagged pixel elements and noise throughout 80 to 90 percent of the image under 200% enlargement, just so I could end up with a fairly smooth, clean image at 100%. This image is half-size of the original and highly cropped. Looks best viewed large.

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Taken on July 14, 2012