Thistle Fly I
More insects collecting pollen on the thistles at Island View Beach last weekend; this time it is a fly in disguise as a bee.
Again, I tried tone-mapping these images, as well as straight Lightroom processing, as with my recent thistle wasp post. After looking at the previous efforts, and receiving comments from some of you, I revisited the tone-mapped versions of these images and did some noise reduction. It helped a bit – especially for image 4 in the gallery below and not very much for image 2 and 6. I still like the LR4 versions better overall even though parts of the flies, the wings especially, are better in the tone-mapped versions.
All the images are a bit noisy because these are moderately heavy crops. Technical stuff aside, and sticking to the versions that have not been tone-mapped, I really like the backgrounds of these photos.
Check out the gallery below to compare the two kinds of processing for three separate images.
To open the gallery view below click on any thumbnail, use the arrows to navigate and escape to return to this page.
Canon 5Dii, Canon 100mm/f2.8 macro, ISO100, f3.2, 1/200th