Study Group 2

Manu Reghurajan

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Title:   Nymph

Goal:   To capture the image of the Nymph of grass hopper along with dew drops
Equipment/Source:    Cannon 5D Mark III, 180 mm macro lens

 Camera on Tripod and moved to adjust the compo.
Processing:  Cropped. Basic

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Title:  Housefly

Goal:  Photograph any insect with the natural dew drops in the morning

Equipment/Source:   Cannon 5D MarkIII, 180mm lens

Technique: Camera on Tripod with sun in the background with light reflecting on dew drops

Processing:   Cropped 

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Review by Les L.
Another good macro image. Would like to see the fly a little larger by cropping the right more and very slightly on the left side. I like the way you honored the rule of thirds. 
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Bogdan B.
You have got the fly with eyes perfectly clear. DOF should be a little bigger to get whole fly sharp.
The most distracting are unsharp droplets on the left. They are overexposed and unsharp. You should burn them selectively.
I would prefere a little bit tighter crop.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7
Review by Bruce F.
The fly’s body and head are sharp, but the wings are not and the depth field is not large enough to render the wings sharp. Thus, for macro shots it is very important to put all the subject perpendicular to the camera to maximize the shallow depth of field inherent in this type macro photography. In this case I would have move to the left to eliminate the off angle of view, and bring all the subject including the wings into the selected depth of field.
Also, I like shooting macro images under a diffuser. This would have eliminated the strong spectral highlights coming off the water droplets in the background. These highlights are a visual distraction, not an additive plus. They are to me are very white and distract and draw the viewer from the subject.
I do know that flies are very flighty insects, and don’t stay put if they see something coming at them, but you could have placed large diffuser several feet away and hope it would not take off. Or play the patience game and hope the insect would come back to the grass leaves that you have the diffuser preposition on. Also, I would have tried a flash with a soft box, to even out the lighting, eliminating the white hot spots. These addition steps, or methods, produce a better final image, than just random hand held images that can have problematic issues with the background. If you are going to hand hold without a flash, you need a cloudy day to produce nature images that are beautiful and moving as well as tell a great nature story. 
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by Andy H.
This is what you are good at Manu. old subject and the addition of the dew drops and sun enhances the image. Its not as sharp as I would like but exposure is good. DOF is shallow and creating a lot of out of focus material on the RHS and a little on the LHS. I would have cloned out the sun flare bottom left. Love the light in the bottom dew drop.
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total-7
Review by Maria K-L
Very good and beautiful image. Great composition: placement of the subject, dynamic lines of leave,
Very nice background ,playful water drops .and perfect focus and dof. 
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by commentator Dan C.

The high magnification gives this image a lot of impact.  The activity of the fly cleaning off water from its front legs provides nice story value.  Your composition works well but I do find it stronger flipped horizontal.  That way the leaf acts as a leading line to the fly and the rubbing together of its legs becomes more obvious.

I do not mind the large water highlight below the leaf but do find the two bright water droplet highlights above the fly distracting.  Carefully dodge them down to reduce the distraction.

N3, T2, P3, E0, Total 8

Review by Dennis H., 3-2-2017
Nice nature study of fly with dew drops. Head upper body and front legs sharp with good colour and detail. Would have cropped left of image to remove distracting elements, and tone down highlights above fly. Well captured.
N-3, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-7

I am a Civil Engineer working in the construction field in the United Arab Emirates since 1995. I am passionate about photography and actively pursuing it since 2012. Photography has opened my eyes into the beautiful world of nature. The interest in nature led me to research more on the natural history of insects.

I spent my days amidst nature during my young days in my native place in Kerala, India. I believe my love for nature stems from the fact that in my growing years I was surrounded by nature and I am able to share my vision through the art of photography.

I use Canon 5D Mark III, a 180mm f2.8 macro lens and 100-400mm f4-5.6 lens for nature photography. I use photoshop for the post processing.