- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2008-02-24 3:27]
Hi friend Joe,
I liked the eye contact in this excellent close-up portrait of Greenbottle fly. The sharpness and details of the head and especially the compound eyues are first class.
Thanks for sharing friend,
Hi Joe, Try an Ocellus...light receptor found in creatures with compound eye...photoreceptor type thingy..incredible shot as well......TFS.
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-02-24 4:19]
Wow, you can't get much closer than this! Superb macro showing all intricate details including the "third eye" that I noticed on your last pic. Brilliant work and a good note too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-02-24 4:25]
We are neighbours!
We can learn a lot from fine macros like this one of a greenbottle's head. Not only by seeing the structure of the compound eyes that you have captured sharply with good detail, but to wonder about other structures. The ocellus (thanks, Howard) is nice to see at the top of the forehead.
Thanks for sharing this interesting image,
- jusninasirun (14660)
- [2008-02-24 4:26]
This is a microscopic macro with an even closer view. Amazing texture of the eyes like a wire mesh. The metallic color and hairy details are well written throughout the image. Well done and best regards. Awesome view!
- Jamesp (18906)
- [2008-02-24 4:40]
I am split between admiration and revulsion! ;) As you know insects are not my favourite. Wonderful level of skill here.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-02-24 5:14]
Great use of telelens for macro shooting. Result is huge. Terrific magnification and brilliant details. I welcome use of natural light. It have allowed you to save all tiny details. Bravo and TFS.
- jcoowanitwong (13754)
- [2008-02-24 5:29]
Never see a fly this close before. This is wonderful. The third eye also a new thing to me. Very well done and tfs.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2008-02-24 5:45]
Joe, you are doing extremely well at macro photography with your equipment. This is a brilliant capture of a fly's compound eyes.
Well done and TFS.
Both super macro photography, as the amazing technical explanation of the fly is a great job done by my best friend Trek.
I do not have enough words in my vocabulary to express my admiration for everything you do. And I imagine you vouchers good photographic equipment that lets you do this work so worthwhile, I also understand that you documented to make your comments via Wikipedia and others of a similar nature, but nevertheless remains a commendable job yours. Congratulations friend of mine for everything you do.
I am also happy to come to a holiday in Catalonia (Pals) Whenever I say what if it is possible for a meeting to know, if I lose I will have the drawback of the language because I do not speak English, I always avail myself of translator your website. But I think your master Spanish, as it has made any comments in Spanish.
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-02-24 8:41]
Unreal...You will soon be the worlds expert on the fly...It killed Vincent Price you know, but perhaps only Hollywood insiders remember the original un-covered film. Very nice and super interesting notes...
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-02-24 9:03]
How close can you get? The two huge eyes are amazing but that third one is the one that gets me. It is so perfect!
- matatur (5312)
- [2008-02-24 9:13]
This is a succesful super-macro shot my friend, demonstrating the complexity of nature in those compound eyes. Of course, one wonders what that single weak ocellus do amidst hundreds of similarly constructed ommatidia which form those compound eyes, but well, no doubt nature knows better!
- hester (11638)
- [2008-02-24 11:16]
I think that is the closest fly shot I have seen. I have never seen the third eye before - amazing. Great note, amazing close up and great sharpness
- Mana (18598)
- [2008-02-24 19:40]
Outstanding macro of these compounded eyes of the Greenbottle. Very neat and sharp but it looks so scary. Superb composition. Kudos.
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2008-02-24 21:19]
I have tried a lot to take a similar composition with a much similar species here. But all my efforts are in vain. Hope next time I will succeed. A superb close up macro do these beautiful compound eyes. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-02-25 0:34]
Joey, looks like a BMP file enlarged. Superb colors. Great view. Ganesh
- cicindela (9226)
- [2008-02-25 0:37]
Yes, this is an "eye-contact"! :):):)
Very good macro, so detailed and colorful! "Only" a fly but shown in very interesting and unique way, my best congratulations!
Your portraits of animals in general and your macro pictures in particular are simply sublime! It's a pleasure to look at them and to read the very interesting and detailed notes.
As far as this picture is concerned, I notice a great richness of details and the colors are superb. It would be interesting to know at which distance you were from that little monster and how you manage to get it in front of your lens!
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2008-02-25 6:04]
Hi Joe, amazing portrait with superb details of composite eye, splendid focus and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio
- EOSF1 (23955)
- [2008-02-25 8:05]
Hahahaha! Wow! That's close! Next time it will be done with a microscope! :-) Great shot my friend and very interresting one, thanks!
I'm back from my little outing today...which went great, by the way :) Found my first damsel of the year ;) (i might post it soon, although the shot isn't spectacular).
Back to this very interesting macro...it's really convenient that your Raynox works together with your lenses, since you can get some pretty impressive magnifications my friend :)
However, they seem to come with a harsh loss in DOF - i see you already have blurred elements here only a few millimeters from the focused part and using f/22 :( It's times like these that i'm sure you crave for a true macro lens :)
I see your debating on which one of the two Sigmas to buy...if you want my opinion, i agree with Nick - the 180 now and the Bigma later. In my opinion, your skill with macros is really good and if you want to have a better chance of earning some extra money through your images, you can do that by taking better and bigger macros and selling them...then you'll be able to get other lenses sooner :)
Anyway, the DOF issue aside, i really like the colors and the details here as well as that little ocellus. I remember learning about them in the first year of college :)
Great work overall, my friend and good luck in getting the right lens and taking some great photos :)
Cheers and TFS
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-02-25 10:44]
Hi Joe. This is spot on macro work . such detail in the eyes . i have never seen the 3rd eye before . excellent work and notes . well done TFS.
- Patleboss (5950)
- [2008-02-25 12:21]
I was missed yhis great macro shot, realy impressive indeed,
what a fabulous details into his eyes,
Splendidn colours and metalic reflets,
cheer my friend,