Tiny hoverfly / Spaerophoria

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    I’m not sure which one, but this is a tiny hoverfly I found in my garden (genus Spaerophoria). Each time I do a new stack I try to find at least one thing to improve and try a new technique. With this one I tried out a new flash setup and also tried a range of different WB. I could probably shoot in RAW but I don’t know of anything that can batch process the files the way I want to at the moment. I’m sure there are good tools out there that do it. This time I hung the subject upside down, using natural light to light the underside of the fly, and flash placed on the floor, fired upwards through my DIY softbox to light the top (or bottom depending which way you look at it). I defo think the lighting is more even this way, I don’t have any dark noisy areas – they are frustrating to see, as you can’t really tell how noisy an area will be until after the stack is processed and complete. This lateral shot is at 4:1 and is a composite of 114 images, it was originally over 200 but I removed the ones I didn’t need.

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    1. Tris Enticknap 83 months ago | reply

      These are outstanding - especially when you realise how small it was.

    2. ©Noeky1980 Photography 82 months ago | reply

      wow really nice shot! Great macro

    3. Martin_Westberg 82 months ago | reply

      Great shot!
      And great macros overall!

    4. Oceanseye Images [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

      Your macro shots are fantastic. When i got my macro lens I tried time and again to get similar style shots with insects but just couldn't achieve what i set out to do. So i stuck to flowers, they dont move! well done good effort.

    5. snoopydoobiedog~ 82 months ago | reply

      Where do you find the time to climb mountains, work, take awesome photos, take time to process and stack incredible macros and stay pretty current on Flickr? There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. If you ever have to give something up due to not enough time, give up working lol - as your stream is truly amazing and just keeps getting better and better.

    6. Tony Emmett 82 months ago | reply

      Inspiring work :)

    7. Magdalena.K. 82 months ago | reply

      Awesome close ups you have in your stream! well done!

    8. DrPhotoMoto 82 months ago | reply

      Great shots. That "hair" you mention is his antenna and the left one is missing. This kind is called aristate. I can never keep the different types in my head so I made a gallery of antenna. www.flickr.com/photos/drphotomoto/galleries/7215762288902...

    9. sabine_in_singapore 82 months ago | reply

      wow, awesome work!!

    10. o-se 81 months ago | reply

      Inredible detailed supershots you show here !
      I wonder how you do that
      Really impressive!

    11. JEPPO. 81 months ago | reply

      the fly is no match 4 u.... gr8 image

    12. Craig.Taylor 81 months ago | reply

      John Flannery
      That's great work putting that gallery together. Interesting reading.

    13. N.Batkhurel 80 months ago | reply

      Superb macro shots.

    14. jankie 80 months ago | reply

      your macros are really stunning, such incredible detail, really interesting. And you even know the names of all those creatures.

    15. Javier Clop 80 months ago | reply

      Superb your page. You are the king of macro.

    16. Pete Vincent 80 months ago | reply

      I really do hope a tutorial is on the cards, your stacking is absolutely superb!! I am rather envious due to my efforts coming out shite!

    17. s.r.shemul 80 months ago | reply

      Awesome Detail... Really Stunning :)

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