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Portrait of a Fruit Fly - 3mm long (1/8th inch) including the wings
1st PlacePortrait of a Fruit Fly - 3mm long (1/8th inch) including the wings
roz


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2020-05 (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2020 - CHALLENGES
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Location: in the grass near my house
Date: May 27, 2020
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60+ ExtFlash
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2020

some interesting fruit fly facts ..

The fruit fly is a species of the common housefly known as Drosophila melanogaster (try saying that three times fast!) and is distinguished by its red eyes (dark-coloured in some species) tan thorax and black abdomen (although this can vary slightly between different sub-groups). They get their name because of their strong attraction to ripening or rotting fruit, which serves as a food source as well as a place to lay their eggs.

Adult fruit flies typically reach 3-4 mm in length and live 40 to 50 days. While fruit flies are most active during the fall harvest, they can be pests inside a home throughout the year. As you might imagine, fruit flies are also steady (although non-paying) customers in grocery store produce sections, and they love to hover around dumpsters, garbage cans or anywhere else they can scrounge a free, fruity meal.

All About Fruit Fly Reproduction
Fruit flies exhibit the typical four-stage insect reproductive of egg-larvae-pupae-adult. The larvae begin feeding on decaying fruit immediately upon hatching. It takes about one to two weeks to complete the entire metamorphosis. What makes fruit flies so difficult to control is that one female fruit fly can lay as many as 500 eggs in her short lifespan.

Fruit Fly Habitat
A common fruit fly habitat includes homes, grocery stores, restaurants and anywhere else that food may be rotting and fermenting. Most noticeable summer through fall, fruit flies can be a nuisance year round.

As the name implies, fruit flies are attracted to fruits, as well as vegetables, sitting out on store shelves, in bowls in kitchens, and ripening in the garden. They also breed in drains, garbage disposals, trash containers, empty beer and soda bottles or cans, and soppy mops and buckets. Fruit flies only need fermenting fruit or a moist film of organic material to breed and thrive.

Other Interesting Fruit Fly Facts You Might Not Know
A fruit fly fact that might surprise you is that these little buggers are quite fond of beer and wine! Itís not that they crave alcohol Ė you probably wonít see a fruit fly at an AA meeting anytime soon Ė theyíre just drawn to any type of fermenting food source.

Fruit flies are also a valuable asset to scientists performing genetic research, since fruit flies and humans share 75% of those genes which cause disease. Their short lifespan is also amenable to examining changes and mutations that can occur between birth and death."


[Jun. 7th, 2020 10:21:26 PM]

took a real dive before rollover .. and was going so well .. :(
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Updated: 06/07/20 7:31 pm


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Updated: 06/07/20 10:14 pm

after rollover ..
OMG .!!. i cant believe this got the blue .. thankyou little fruit fly .. and thankyou everyone who commented and gave me great votes ..
this is just fantastic .. !! .. :) xx


because he was side on there was very little complicated focus stacking necessary .. altho i did use three photos .. one for the thorax, face and wings etc .. one for the abdomen .. and one for the eye ..
i got four photos of him before he flew off ... it took me a day to even look at them on the computer as i didnt think i got anything of use in focus when i looked on the camera .. also the fly was really quite small in the photos and cropping a whole heap i felt would decrease the quality too much .. was a really nice surprise when i did look on the computer and realized my little olympus mirrorless camera with the macro lens had worked it magic ..:)

ps .. his colouring was pretty much as you see him here .. just a tiny bit boosted ..

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06/09/2020 12:18:11 PM
Way to go, Roz! They just get better so keep 'em coming! ;-)
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06/09/2020 05:13:00 AM
Well damn, Roz, you are just amazing!
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06/09/2020 03:02:39 AM
Very nice Roz and congrats on getting everything in focus!
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06/08/2020 04:29:37 PM
Congratulations Roz! I knew this would do well. Love all the details and color.
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06/08/2020 03:38:11 PM
This is so incredible Roz. I cannot believe it is a fruit fly!!!! I have a new respect for this creature. Really great work. Congratulations.
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06/08/2020 02:07:08 PM
I really love how much detail you capture in these shots. Nice work!
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06/08/2020 11:19:19 AM
Your talented niche just continues to get more and more outstanding! Congratulations on top honors with this one!
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06/08/2020 10:17:54 AM
That's crazy cool, Roz!

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06/08/2020 09:19:48 AM
Fox, you just continue to amaze me with your macro talent. Wonderful composition, congrats!
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06/08/2020 08:49:56 AM
Amazing detail! Getting enough shots of them is a real trick when they don't stay still long!! Well done!! Congrats on your blue!
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06/08/2020 05:26:30 AM
Woohoo way to go Roz - that is a cracking colourful critter. The details captured is incredible! Congrats!
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06/08/2020 04:29:31 AM
As Anita says, this is one of your best ever. The sharpness, the colors, the detail... Amazingly fabulous image, Roz. Many congrats on your shiny new Blue.
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06/08/2020 02:55:38 AM
Originally posted by roz:

Originally posted by Neat:

One of your best ever, so,sharp. But I donít understand how you used three photos though, isnít that illegal, still maybe I donít get it the focus stacking thing, never done that before.

Congratulations, and Iím not sure how youíre surprised you got the blue lol, are you being humble ;)


hey Anita .. with standard editing you are allowed to focus stack if the photos you use are pretty much the same ..
with insect macro photography the depth of field is so shallow that you can have an eye in focus and something less than 1mm away oof .. depending on your fstop .. but even at say f11 it will still be very shallow .. so moving the camera closer or further away a very small amount .. and taking lots of photos to get various parts of the insect in focus but still retaining the general appearance of the photo .. and then stitching them together in your editing .. that's allowed in standard editing in dpc ..
i manually focus stack in photoshop where i start with one photo .. say the body of the insect .. where the eye may be out of focus .. i'll then bring in another photo with the eye in focus .. and mask off the bits i dont want .. etc etc ..
hope this makes sense .. xx

also .. not humble .. lol .. didnt think a 6.8 would get the blue .. with a free study the blue is usually above 7 i thought .. :)


Ok thank you, all this time I've been here I didn't know you could do this. Maybe I just don't pay attention enough :( excellent work. I wish I had the patience to do this...

Message edited by author 2020-06-08 02:56:19.
06/08/2020 02:45:27 AM
No wonder this got the blue - awesome sharpness and details
Congrats, Roz!
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06/08/2020 01:47:38 AM
Originally posted by Neat:

One of your best ever, so,sharp. But I donít understand how you used three photos though, isnít that illegal, still maybe I donít get it the focus stacking thing, never done that before.

Congratulations, and Iím not sure how youíre surprised you got the blue lol, are you being humble ;)


hey Anita .. with standard editing you are allowed to focus stack if the photos you use are pretty much the same ..
with insect macro photography the depth of field is so shallow that you can have an eye in focus and something less than 1mm away oof .. depending on your fstop .. but even at say f11 it will still be very shallow .. so moving the camera closer or further away a very small amount .. and taking lots of photos to get various parts of the insect in focus but still retaining the general appearance of the photo .. and then stitching them together in your editing .. that's allowed in standard editing in dpc ..
i manually focus stack in photoshop where i start with one photo .. say the body of the insect .. where the eye may be out of focus .. i'll then bring in another photo with the eye in focus .. and mask off the bits i dont want .. etc etc ..
hope this makes sense .. xx

also .. not humble .. lol .. didnt think a 6.8 would get the blue .. with a free study the blue is usually above 7 i thought .. :)

Message edited by author 2020-06-08 02:30:54.
06/08/2020 01:39:13 AM
One of your best ever, so,sharp. But I donít understand how you used three photos though, isnít that illegal, still maybe I donít get it the focus stacking thing, never done that before.

Congratulations, and Iím not sure how youíre surprised you got the blue lol, are you being humble ;)
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06/08/2020 01:00:38 AM
Remarkable!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2020 04:05:17 PM
Soo much detail, amazing!!! Focus stacking?
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06/02/2020 09:05:59 AM
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06/01/2020 09:57:17 AM
I feel like those little hairs are going to prick me! Awesome macro.
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06/01/2020 12:12:20 AM
It amazes me how much detail you have captures in this image. Great work.
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