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Macro photography – Hoverfly

Macro photography - Hoverfly 1


My favorite lens for macro photography is my 90mm Tamron f/2.8 and this picture was taken with that lens on my Pentax K5 in August this year. This is actually a crop from a larger image, but the resolution is good enough to still produce a good picture.

I’m not sure of the species of hoverfly, but I found it sitting on a flower in our back garden as I was searching for subjects one afternoon. I did a bit of post-processing in Lightroom (including cropping), adjusting the shadow detail, adding some noise reduction and some sharpening.

  • Tamron 90mm F/2.8
  • Pentax K5
  • F/6.3
  • 1/400
  • iso400
  • 90mm

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I’m a software developer by profession but I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old. In that time I’ve owned cameras of all types and sizes from 120 roll film thro’ 35mm to my current Pentax K-5, Ricoh GXR + P10/S10/A12 28mm/A12 50mm, Canon S95 and recently acquired Sony NEX 6.

  1. [ Smiles ] A splendid photo of a fly!

      1. [ Smiles ] You are welcome, Simon.

  2. dinkerson says:

    Very impressive. I like that you give some specifics about the gear you used and the Lightroom adjustments.

    1. Thanks – I’m trying to work out a standard format for posts which are just picture posts so there is some uniformity.

  3. Great Photograph!

  4. Pat says:

    Fantastic shot!

  5. Your hoverfly is Episyrphus balteatus – the marmalade fly. If you are interested in these flies there is an active UK Hoverflies Facebook page. Regards, Roger Morris, Organiser Hoverfly Recording Scheme. The Scheme would be glad to receive details of where and when this was seen.

    1. Thanks – I’ll look out the original files and see if it’s geo coded.

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