Flies (a new gallery and a bit more on macrophotography)

Flies-2To view the gallery of these photographs please click on: Flies 2013

Flies make a great subjects for macrophotography. Size matters, when I started out with my 105mm I was photographing larger animals from too far away to get detail, as I moved closer with extension tubes I was still looking to fill my screen and that meant larger insects. It was not until I met a published insect photographer who said macrophotography meant cropping that I gave up on full frame. Now I plan for cropping in post-production when I take my photograph. As a rule the smaller the thing I am going to shoot the more likely a tripod will be needed. (this is the link to my longer article on Macro). If you are thinking of trying this out, begin indoors and get comfortable with the gear. You can quickly figure out what you can handhold and at what speed, as well as how small an object you can get sharp with your set-up. As for flies, they look tougher than they are to shoot and they sometimes do quite silly things. The gallery on SmugMug contains 16 images.

31 responses

  1. Not only do you take great images, but you also give such useful, practical advice. Nice one Victor 😊


    April 3, 2014 at 2:08 am

  2. Nelson

    Lookk like it’s ready to attack the photographer


    April 3, 2014 at 6:23 am

  3. I’d be interested to know what extension tubes you use with your 105 Victor. And, is is a Nikon or Canon macro lens?


    April 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

    • Kenko on Nikon. If I had a Canon I would buy the MPE lens that has built in tubes.


      April 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

      • Thanks Victor. I have the Nikon 105 so will investigate the Kenko extension tubes. I have both the D5000 and D800 so can shoot in DX and FX. I also have a Canon and have considered the MPE as it looks to be an interesting lens.


        April 3, 2014 at 7:53 am

        • A wealth of opportunity. I have the 105vr and the 105 d, very different lenses. I have not had much of a chance to use the Kenkos on the VR yet, except to say they work. The MPE is entirely manual lens and that turn some people off. I hope one day to get a chance to try it out. As for your camera bodies, you get marginally more depth of field with the 5300, but greater opportunity to crop with the D8800 again a wealth of opportunities.


          April 3, 2014 at 8:01 am

          • I have the VR version but increasingly seem to manual focus. Yes I’d love to try out the MPE too. As for the bodies I agree there doesn’t seem to be much in it so far although the D800 is a whole lot heavier.


            April 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

  4. Truly incredible Victor! A feast for the eyes!


    April 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

    • Thanks. Its like many others have said there is a world out there to explore.


      April 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  5. I love hoverflies, a gardener’s friend. This shot is truly exquisite – you can see its perfect aerial dynamic shape and the eye detail is mesmerizing.


    April 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

    • Thanks. I am looking forward to doing more and finding new animals to capture.


      April 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

  6. Pat

    Amazing photos. Such fine detail.


    April 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    • Thanks. We live in an amazing world and its fun to be able to capture some of it.


      April 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

  7. I love your insect photos and the technique is perfect! You obviously know what you are doing. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Brilliant work!


    April 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

    • Thanks. I enjoy talking and writing about as much as the photography.


      April 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  8. That featured shot is very nice. I have found that those flowers can really make a nice background as well…I especially liked the last shot in the gallery of the (presumably) harvestman’s legs emerging, body hidden while the hover fly looks straight on.

    Just a bug stickler/clarification note, you have a couple mayfly (Order Ephemeroptera) photos in your fly galleries, and they are not actually “flies” (Order Diptera) by scientific classification. As far as naming goes with flies, the way I learned it is if the name is one word such as “dragonfly,” “mayfly,” etc. it is not a true fly, while if it is two words like “hover fly,” “crane fly,” “horse fly” etc. then it is a true fly.


    April 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    • Thanks. I will move them to Misc. insects and bugs time permitting. I appreciate the pointers!


      April 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  9. This image and all your work leaves my mouth hanging open. Thank you!


    April 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    • Thanks!


      April 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      • You are very welcome! Your work is incredible! I really am keeping my fingers crossed that when things come along here that are image worthy, I’ll be ready and bring my best work forth yet to date. I have to let the magic direct me. In my zone, nothing else exists, and no interruptions. I had a cat wrapped around my ankles last evening as I was trying to get shots of the sunset from a farmer’s field. Needless to say, not one image came out. I managed to get maybe one good one, but that was without the cat around my ankles. I have no idea why I am telling you this. Perhaps to let you know I am thrilled when I get a ringer of a shot! I am really enjoying your images … my opinion, you don’t get enough compliments. xx Amy


        April 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm

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  11. Macrophotography means cropping…I wondered. 🙂 That fly is still very sharp!


    April 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

    • Thanks. Good reason for high megapixel cameras like the Niknon D7100.


      April 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

  12. Hi Victor,

    I love photography, and macro is one area I’d love to get into more. Sadly my current camera set up won’t allow for much of it, but I hope to change that someday soon.

    Your photos really are very sharp, clear, and well composed.
    Like them a lot!



    April 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    • Thanks. Like most people I started with looking at how close I could get with what I had even before I bought a macro lens. Good luck and don’t hesitate to ask questions.


      April 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  13. Hi Victor, I see you enjoy macro photography which I’m quite fascinated by. Insects, mosses, leaves, flowers etc are quite incredible close-up, in fact another world. I shall enjoy following your blog!


    April 23, 2014 at 3:42 am

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