Fly on Flower

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One of my favorite subjects is insects but the season is very short where I live. I like detail in my insects even with narrow depth of field. This normally means that not all the flowers/background are in focus and I need to use post processing detail extraction filters (e.g. Nik software) and shadow extraction to get the most out of the subject.

14 responses

  1. Great photo! Is that a milkweed flower? It seems like pretty much every bug in existence likes the blooms of that plant!

    I’m new to photography and have not heard of detail and shadow extraction. I’ll have to see what I can learn about that. 🙂


    June 5, 2015 at 1:15 am

    • Yes. The canteen of nature. Processing raw files means having available more data in the shadows and highlights than we can see. It can be overdone, but good software enhances sharp photographs by sharpening the edges between pixels and the contrast between tones. Worth trying Nik is relatively inexpensive. The filter you want is detail extractor.

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      June 5, 2015 at 6:23 am

      • Oh, thanks for explaining. It seems that my old Canon Power Shot camera is not capable of shooting in raw mode. It does have a few other limitations, but overall I’ve enjoyed what I’ve accomplished with it.


        June 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

        • JPGs can to some degree be processed look for brightness, white, black sliders in the software you have. Good luck.

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          June 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

          • Thanks. I’ve edited a lot of my photos in free programs like PicMonkey and Pixlr. It’s surprising to me how much a photo can be altered or improved. You can’t believe anything you see these days! ha

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            June 5, 2015 at 11:51 am

  2. Nice. Many insects feed on it milkweed. Including Monarchs and skippers. I use Nik and Lightroom to bring out details in shadows too.


    June 5, 2015 at 3:51 am

  3. WOW!!!!!!


    June 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

  4. Pat

    Amazing shot.


    June 5, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  5. Looking forward to bug season through your lens!


    June 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm

  6. Nicely done!! I like it!


    June 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm

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