Vandana Ramanon Jul 18
thanks a lot for all the comments/suggestions !
Chandi-not so great light, I used the in camera flash :)probably froze him !
Susan - focusing with ext tube is what I find difficult, maybe with all macro - too close; I had my glasses on, so maybe too many lenses infront of my eyes :);I'd imagine, minus glasses, my myopic eyes will focus better closer, i need to try that.
Miles - thanks a lot for the comment ! no thunder stolen :))! you have some absolutely wonderful macros, and that fly of yours is too close and too good! I'm probably going to get the 60mm soon :) the macro world is quite fascinating !
thanks all !
Miles Boyeron Jul 18
Vandana- Wonderful fly portrait. They do have wonderful colors. By all means, get a macro lens. This should be an easy case to plea compared to the 200-400mm VR. I have the 60mm macro, and it is definitely my most used lens. The new 105mm VR is also looking good to me.
Not to steal your thunder here, but I thought I would show you how close you can get to a fly: http://www.milesboyer.com/gallery/101993/1/47226753 I took that with the 60mm reversed and stacked on the 70-300mm set at 300mm. That makes for 5x magnification. The fly was already dead, so I had plenty of time to carefully focus. At that high of magnification, the DOF is practically nonexistent, even stopped down to f29.
Thusieon Jul 18
Fantastic! You out did yourself with this one!!!
Doodilon Jul 18
One of your best efforts! one minor quibble - a single carpet fiber right in front of fly's nose - clonestamp perhaps.
Considering the fly is alive, its amazing you could get so close with so much detail. Great pic.
Shawna Huhn Setoon Jul 18
who knew flies were so pretty up close?
Susan (snapapple)on Jul 18
Fantastic! Who needs a macro lens when you can do this?
Susanon Jul 18
Great shot Vandana! I hate flys..but...you did an excellent job with the exposure. He is very interesting to look at in spite of who he is! Do you find working with extension tubes difficult?
Paul McKee (PaulThomasMcKee)on Jul 17
Definately has that WOW factor! Great shot!
I think you may be making the case that you can make great "macro" photos without a "macro" lens. But I say get one anyway.
Chandion Jul 17
Fantastic detail! I'm amazed you got such great lighting at f16 and iso100. Now fess up - you bribed the fly to pose for you in the studio did you not?
sherstone.comon Jul 17
I can't believe you got him to stay still! - the carpet really adds to the overall texture of this one. perfect DOF. btw- extention tubes actually allow you to get closer, as in higher magnification than a 1x macro lens, they are just a bit harder to deal with.