Common Fly (Two Photographs and some notes on Close-up/Macro photography)
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This is a green bottle fly, common across North America. Entomologists drilled into me that all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs, and spiders are neither bug nor insect. So if the subject of close-up insect photography interests you I suggest buying a good guide to insects and spiders in your area. You will note that you can get really dramatic portraits of these common beasts. Both of these shots were taken with a heavily diffused flash at 1/250 of a second with 105mm lens with a 12 mm extender tube attached that permits closer focus. Diffusion helps soften the light, and takes the harshness out (but does not help reflections off of the eyes). The front-on shot was taken at F5.6 and the side-on one at F8. Now normally I would be shooting at a smaller aperture (F11) to get better depth of field, had I done so I would have lost all the natural light on the face. Flash on the fly in the field hand-held is hit or miss and needs test shots and adjustment to get just right.