Another Fly

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Another Fly

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5X on SonyA7rII with Canon MP-E

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100% crop of the cheek area...

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That's nice and sharp. Is this flash or continuous lighting?
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Nice image!

In the full size, I notice some interesting "spiral hairs". They are located next to the bright highlight on the eye.

I don't recall having seen such things before.

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Post by royalwinchester »

Thanks, Chris!
This is flash-lit. I had a Nikon SB-800 and a Paul C. Buff ABR-800 optically slaved. I used a couple ping pong balls as diffusers, but unlike I've ever done before, I didn't put the specimen inside a ping pong ball, I just put them around it to block any direct light hitting the fly. It was also a surprisingly quick stack to capture as I had almost no settle time, just 2 sec between shots. No mirror lockup or any of the things I try to do to kill vibration with my Nikon and the Mitty 10x.

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Post by royalwinchester »

Thanks Rik!
I noticed those too, when I was retouching.
I am not sure if they are natural or caused by a little fluid condensation during stilling, giving the fly a perm? Those hairs are a bit blurry, perhaps because my lighting still isn't diffused well enough...

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I'm guessing natural. As far as I know, those hairs are composed of chitin. Their shape is not easily altered.

The sharpness looks good to me. At 5X, you'll be getting a significant amount of diffraction blurring on that high-pixel-count full frame sensor. Exif data says f/3.2 for this image, which will be effective f/19.2 from the camera's standpoint.

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Post by royalwinchester »

That makes sense...
So, I should have used f2.8 to help the diffraction blur just a bit?

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Post by Ultima_Gaina »

Nice one! I like your colors. I reckon these beasts need a lot of careful retouching. Zerene can only do so much, and it is easy to overlook details in that forest of bristles.

You might want to do a little more retouching under the right compound eye, where I can spot a forgotten DMap artifact.

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Post by royalwinchester »

Thanks, Ultima!

Good catch! I'm sure there are more I missed too! I did a few stack selected mini stacks to give me retouching source. Especially that bristly hair the goes right in front of the eye. Many artifacts of my retouching there for sure!

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Nevertheless, very nice work!!

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Thanks, Lou!

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The details are phenomenal.

At times common subjects look mesmerizing under the lens.
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