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Uploaded: 09/15/14 2:41 AM GMT
Blue Eyes
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This was a matchhead-sized fly that I found parked on my new raspberry plants. I've never seen anything quite like it and in the viewfinder the eyes appeared to glow royal blue. It was very patient too, letting me take over 90 frames with a 180mm macro lens and this shot, taken at about 5X with the Canon MP-E65 macro lens and a ring flash. At 5X, the depth of field is about a quarter of a millimeter, or .010", so the focus point needs to be picked carefully. With insects, that's usually the eyes. This fly didn't appear to be doing any harm and only flew away after I accidently touched the leaf in was on. I just hope it's not a new pest in the area, like a new fruit fly.


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09/15/14 3:12 AM GMT
I have to say this is amazing, what a super macro this is. I wonder if you could get a hold of your local agricultural dept. and show them this image, to maybe find out more about, is is new to the area, and how harmful or not that it might be. Excellent!!!
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09/15/14 9:01 AM GMT
Whoaa...that is a great close-up!! The eyes are incredible.
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09/20/14 2:38 PM GMT
Cool closie...Faved...
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10/27/14 12:57 AM GMT
Awesome macro. Excellent DOF and bokeh.
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10/27/14 3:43 AM GMT
Thank you all for the wonderful feedback. I really appreciate the comments.

This shot kind of summarizes why I like macrophotography & showing the odd creatures that live with us, right under our noses.
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06/01/15 10:08 PM GMT
This defines macro photography! Outstanding work! Your subject must also receive some accolades for his part in the creation a a perfect shot!!! Just amazingly amazing~
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