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Face it
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Copyright: Mike Muizebelt (Mousehill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 64 N: 183] (754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DS, Pentax FA* 200/4.0 macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-12-21 21:32
Viewed: 4205
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The house fly,

Musca domestica L. is a well-known cosmopolitan pest of both farm and home. This species is always found in association with humans or activities of humans. This is the most common species found on hog and poultry farms, horse stables, and ranches. Not only are they a nuisance, but they also can transport disease-causing organisms. Excessive fly populations are obnoxious to farm workers, and when there are nearby human habitations a public health problem is possible.

More than 100 pathogens associated with the house fly may cause disease in humans and animals, including typhoid, cholera, bacillary dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax ophthalmia and infantile diarrhea, as well as parasitic worms. Pathogenic organisms are picked up by flies from garbage, sewage and other sources of filth, and then transferred on their mouthparts and other body parts, through their vomitus, feces and contaminated external body parts to human and animal food.

This image was shot with extension tubes, fill in flash from the side and a 200mm macro lens.

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To marhowie: That's about where I started :-)Mousehill 1 12-22 08:24
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Hi Mike,
A unique macro shot that works really well. Eye popping yellow color really grabs your attention. Then you see this head on shot of the fly that is very sharp. Great control on the DOF that has a nice fall off.
Excellent notes complete this outstanding shot.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-21 22:40]

Belle composition et joli contraste.

Félicitation et merci!

Very well done with that yellow BG.
I've had a look at your website too and I think it rocks. I'll find soon more time to browse it toroughly and enjoy it.

Regards, Petru

Hi Mike!
It's wonderful to be eye to eye with your fly!
Amazing shot and this yellow BG make this shot unusual and unique!

Excellent work Mike. Very well composed and a very good POV in this head shot. Very good sharpness, detail and DOF. The yellow petals make the fly stand out and contrasts nicely while adding good interest. I did a workshop just to see what it would look like turned-down a notch.
Very well done & Merry Christmas!

Hi Mike,
wow, I need sunglasses to look at this yellow!
So sunny - that brings me into good mood.
The fly is also wonderful, I love the eye-contact. Very well done, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great shot Mike,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-23 4:16]

Very nice macro Chris! Housefly isn't maybe beautifull ;-) but with this yellow flower BG it looks great. Detailed, sharp, with good note. I like it.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2005-12-23 11:37]

absolutely spot on macro and tube technique..your details read f10 which i take was required for the flash distance...
i know my macro does f32...but then you get power problems with too much flash source.
its a wonderful shot with a fully documented note

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-23 15:33]

Hi Mike, erg mooie posting! De details zijn prachtig en het geel erg fris. Goeie kerst. Groet Reina

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-23 16:51]

Great shot that gets attention, the colour makes the subject pop out of the pic almost. Maybe slightly less exposure for the yellows, yellow petals often fool the automatic.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-25 0:07]

Mike, very nice title photo and title.

Great pov and composition.

I like vivid colors too.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-12-26 10:56]

amazing shot! very nice antouraje for this ugly fly. the colors and focus are fantastic. excellent. tfs

This is excellent!
Fly's eye are very sharp.
Fantastic shot.

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