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Old Mar 31, 2007, 3:07 PM   #1
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These are far from my best shots, but I have never seen flies doing this before, so I thought I would share. I walked outside this morning and found a bunch of flies sleeping on a weed. It must have been a little too cold for them last night, as it warmed up they started to fly away. I'll get an earlier start tomorrow with a tripod and more diopters.

All shots with +5 diopter Raynox DCR5320 and a Sunpak 383 flash w/ a diffused Omnibounce. Focusing was hit or miss because of a light breeze and low light.














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Old Mar 31, 2007, 4:57 PM   #2
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Interesting series. Looks like they are ready for take-off in 4.
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Old Mar 31, 2007, 5:36 PM   #3
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Nice set of shots there. Insect "roosts" aren`t very easy to find so you did well to come across this one, and you captured the scene very well too. Nice work.

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Old Mar 31, 2007, 6:17 PM   #4
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Nice natural history captures. How does it feel to know you have a fly motel on the premises?
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Old Mar 31, 2007, 8:33 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments!

happy_peasant - It will feel alot better if they are there in the morning. Normally the only time I see a bunch of flies sitting still on something, it's not a very pleasant something they are sitting on. I'm not about to stick my camera that close to something that unpleasant just to get a picture of flies. So I'm glad I wasable to get these shots, but I'm hoping for another chance tomorrow morning. The flies were sitting absolutely still and as long as I didn't touch the weed they didn't care how close I got. So tomorrow I'm going at them with +13 diopters, a tripod, and a reflector to bouncce the flash.
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Old Mar 31, 2007, 10:35 PM   #6
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Vaiboy, some very nice captures of flies, wish all the ones in my barn stalls would travel over to your motel. It is a constant battle to keep them under control, as you would suspect. Right now, we are having the deer and horse flies to contend with.
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Old Apr 1, 2007, 1:32 AM   #7
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I am just wondering how did you get such a sharp and clear picture of a fly ?? As if Fly is patiently waiting for you to get the shots. Admireable
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Old Apr 1, 2007, 12:06 PM   #8
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mcliu - It was an unusually cool morning around here so the flies were just sitting there patiently. I was just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

This morning I tried again. It was a little warmer so I didn't see as many in one place, but I got a few shots. My next camera is going to have a hot shoe.I don't know what the problem was this morning,but the optical slave didn't work for most of my shots. I did get it to trigger a few times but it was really frustrating. Oh well here's a few pictures that did turn out.

All shots taken with the Raynox DCR5320 and Raynox DCR-250 stacked,








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Even without the flash working as you wanted they`ve still come out well vaiboy.Nice and sharp, and the darker pics 1 and 2 look quite effective with that lighting.
I manage a lot of the time with the onboard flash on my FZ20, as the focussing distance of the DCR-150 lens I use is far enough away to avoid shadows(about7-8inches or so).It has to be quite heavily diffused though, and may not work as well with the closer focussing 250 lens.
I also made a tubular reflector that slips over the onboard flash, lined with foil which carries the generated light along the tube and down onto the subject via a large reflector....that works quite well too.

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Old Apr 1, 2007, 1:13 PM   #10
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Very nice series vaiboy, I think the first one is avery nice shot. Its quite unusual to find so many flies waiting around to have their picture taken:-)

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