The Photography 101 topic for today asks participants to explore the concept of big, either by showing something really big, a part of something really big, or making something small very big.  I will, of course, always choose the latter!  I found a fly crawling around on a metal pipe in my house last night and got some shots of it.  This is my favorite:



It really highlights the bizarre mouthpart of some flies, the strange sponging device that they use to regurgitate onto their food and suck up the resulting mess.  This pipe was apparently rather dirty (nothing like a really close up macro photo to highlight the dust and grime you never noticed!), so the fly spent several minutes wandering around and slurping up dog hair and whatever else is on this surface.  Gonna clean that off with some cleaner ASAP!


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8 thoughts on “Big

  1. Good macro! I am wondering if a higher F-stop would have given you more depth of field and brought the whole fly into as good a focus as the head is in this picture. Good we can always find insects to photograph!

    • A higher F stop means a whole lot less crispness with this lens, so there’s a tradeoff between a really crisp shot and a lot of depth of field in this case. I think I would focus stack over upping the F stop for this shot myself, though I only have a manual focus rail. Someday I’ll get a Stack Shot from Cognysis and make some super crisp pics with deep depth of field! Someday…

  2. What super pic, Chris!… One of my new favorites, for sure…

    Fly says,
    “…See the mountains kiss high heaven,
    And the waves clasp one another:
    No sister-flower would be forgiven
    If it disdain’d its brother;
    And the sunlight clasps the earth,
    And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
    What are all these kissings worth,
    If thou kiss not me?…”

    ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley ~ from *Love’s Philosophy*

    Pucker-up…. hahaha

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