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Beauty is only skin deep

Beauty is only skin deep
Copyright ©2005, Phil Battersby
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Not a brilliant macro. As soon as the insects come out to play I may have some decent shots.

Photographer: Phil Battersby
Folder: Recent Photos
Uploaded: 07-Jul-2005 20:41 CEST
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Camera: Olympus C8080
Exposure time: 1/1600
Aperture: F8.0
Focal length: 140mm
Lens: 10x Macro
Focusing method: iESP
ISO: 50
White balance: Auto
Flash: external
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Cropped, USM, contrast gamma adjustment.
Image resized to: 733x1024

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Facet eyes

I like this one Phil, I tried also to get the facet eyes in a close up picture but untill now no result.Maybe I have to experiment a bit more with macrolens and tube...? Any suggestions..

Fonzy - at 21:35 CEST on 07-Jul-2005 [Reply]

Macro focus

Fons the autofocus looks for vertical lines, in this case the hairs on the fly behind the head, I let the camera focus then move it back a couple of mm to get the head in focus.

Phil Battersby at 07:17 CEST on 08-Jul-2005 [Reply]


Thanks for the TIP Phil , I will try it out..

Fonzy - at 08:53 CEST on 08-Jul-2005 [Reply]


What else can you expect ! The perspective is verry good ! It's impossible sharp ! The only thing - there is never eunough light it seems to reproduce the real shades of colour (i.e.on the flys neck) -or is it the paper thin DOF A SUPER macro Phil !

Dirk Guttmann at 19:42 CEST on 08-Jul-2005 [Reply]


Hi Dirk, I thought that this fly should have been sharper, perhaps I was too far away and had to crop it too much. There have been very few insects around so far this year, cool dry Spring to blame I think.

Phil Battersby at 22:15 CEST on 08-Jul-2005 [Reply]

Eye's of a a fly

Phil, looks like the emphasis was on the eye's of the fly? who'd ever thought what beautiful eye's a fly could have together with that metalic color they carry on their bodies, on some flies I even see impession's of gold, it's amazing how something that disgusting could be at the same time so pretty. Goog intentional capture.

Kerland Elder at 05:46 CEST on 09-Jul-2005 [Reply]