Flies do it upside down

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I note that there have been several examples of insects in situations like this on WordPress. It’s not surprising as insects’ life spans are generally very short. The corollary of this is that if you spend time taking photographs of insects it will not be long before you observe the same.

In a similar fashion damselflies and dragonflies are beautiful creatures to see and photograph, but they are also brutal carnivores. In fact I was shooting a fly and a damselfly flew in and ate it.

The only challenges here are: having enough depth of field to get both parties in focus; setting a high enough shutter speed to avoid blur and getting enough light.

In most cases this interaction takes place in a small space, and it is therefore possible, not easy but possible, to use a tripod.

And by the way flies do it in any orientation they like. Vertigo does not seem to be much of a factor.

7 responses

  1. You say “the only challenge” but that challenge is a pretty big one. I know, I know – patience and determination are the answer but do you ever get frustrated about the time that can be required for conditions to be right? I know I sometimes get annoyed with the number of aeroplanes flying overhead when I am field recording. I guess I have learned not to go to certain places at certain times because of this.


    August 31, 2013 at 6:51 am

    • I wait for conditions that are likely to occur – the subject turning its head or body, light coming out from behind a cloud. I know bird photographers who go to one place and wait patiently for hours for something known to be in the region to arrive. I do not stand around for hours. However, I do back to the same place many times. My collection of pictures of ambush bugs involved visits to the same two plants many times over many days. It took many days to get my collection of photographs of the Painted Lady Butterflies and Grasshoppers. Do I get frustrated? Everyone does. I plan and prepare and it all goes downhill because someone lets a dog off its leash where they should not be or bikes on a no bike nature trail.


      August 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      • Yep, you get familiar with the subject and what it demands. This is particularly the case for me when doing equestrian photography. You can’t stop the spectators or the judges getting in the way and the expressions some of the riders have – they would not want to see themselves like that. In spite of the frustrations, I enjoy the work and the challenge.


        August 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm

  2. Very astonishing picture!. I will note for having enough depth of field to get the subject in focus; setting a high enough shutter speed to avoid blur and getting enough light. This case is almost always forgotten when taking photos of vast scenery at bright day. Thank you very much for the description. Best regards.


    August 31, 2013 at 8:05 am

  3. blackice713

    Great shot! Excellent detail!


    August 31, 2013 at 9:54 am



    August 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  5. The detail in the wings is exquisite. Nice.


    August 31, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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