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I wanted to do some testing to see just how close I could get some images of things. I used my whole arsenal of extension tubes (ok only 3 of them adding up to 63mm - but it is all I have) plus my 2x converter to get this shot. At this kind of magnification the depth of field is severely limited and as this was hand-held it was difficult to get it right. This is a small female hoverfly (you can tell it is female because its eyes meet at the top) feasting on the purple sugar in the centre of one of our Mesembryanthemums, which are now going over. It seemed ok with me approaching it to a very close distance with my big camera and then blinding it with my flash. I guess the fly was about 1cm long.
Posted 11:45pm Sunday, 21st August 2005