Tribute to Eric and his "hover fly" pics


Hi there
Again this was from the boys day out at Martin Mere but it is intended to show, hover flies, bees and a dragonfly.
It is also intended to show you that this “macro” usage is not as easy as one would think. The macros were taken at f18 yet there are times when so little of the subject is in focus.
There are also one or two pics (dragonflies for example) that were taken with a 500mm zoom lens and if the background had been more forgiving would have not been bad at all. So if you are thinking of going “macro” consider what it is you want. If you want close up “a la dragonflies” then you just need a good quality telephoto and a good technique. Macro is another ball game and in my opinion none of these are really “macro” shots – they are just close ups.
Hope you like the shots.
Finally note for you technophobes some are cropped others are not. A couple have been “lightened”. Yes you are right one or two could improve with sharpening and I am working on learning that.

A quick snapshot – 500mm lens

Sometimes the flower picks up focus rather than the “fly”

Getting in closer with macro.


26 Jul, 2011
saucy said:

When do you use macro instead of zooming in close?
How do you get them to keep still? I`m having to practise macro on snails so I can keep up with them. :0)

26 Jul, 2011
johnponting said:

If you remove the snail's shell it will make it a bit more sluggish

... boom boom

26 Jul, 2011
aster said:

Oohh John !! :))
All fantastic Mike, I think I'll stick with close ups as bees and butterflies are as small as I think I want to go.
Love the bee in 7 :)

26 Jul, 2011
bonkersbon said:

ha ha JP .. great detail in these Mike yes admit to confusion between macro and close up although camera claims to have a macro setting its probably a close up when compared to these sort of shots.

26 Jul, 2011
robashfield said:

Nice set Mike,You can tell the difference with macro & close up.My hover flies are close ups on my blog.Compare the detailing difference & macro is more intense...

26 Jul, 2011
eje said:

Thanks Mike for the compliment,and what a stunning blog.I think I am getting the hang a bit now on focusing with the filter and will put some of the latest on to-morrow.Eric

26 Jul, 2011
mike said:

Thanks All.
Saucy - keeping them still is so easy. I just get Alan to talk to them and they go asleep.

27 Jul, 2011
littlewren said:

brilliant photos.....the macro shots are stunning as you get the real detail ie.the eye #9 for the banter...hilarious....makes me smile...

27 Jul, 2011
phili said:

Great series of shots Mike,not a lot wrong with these.

28 Jul, 2011
muddywalters said:

Awesome shots Mike.

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