Hover Flies and processing cropped close-ups (three Photographs)
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Three things about cropping and close-up/macro photography:
- Any crop will increase noise, the closer up exponentially;
- Noise reduction can and will soften your photograph, use with care; and
- Sharpening can take shadows and make halos of them (such as on the edges of leaves), you can paint the halos away or leave them.
Bearing these points in mind I am very pleased with the results, to get better would require working with a tripod and getting even closer to the insects. However, I doubt these flies would have stuck around for me to set up.