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Are flies ugly?

Close-up of a fly sitting on the white flowers of a viburnum

Are flies ugly?
July 16, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Macro shot of a fly sitting on white spring flowers (Johan Peijnenburg)
105mm – f/8 – 1/320 – ISO100

Are flies ugly? Opinions probably vary, but I think they are not the most handsome fellas. Here’s one up close that landed on the lovely small white flowers of a viburnum plant. Interesting contrast ejh! I shot this at f/8 and cropped the original to zoom in on the fly and the flower a bit. Taking a photograph of something ugly. What was I thinking …

Comments (34)

  1. Gary Little 8 years ago

    Johan, this is absolutely beautiful. WOW

  2. Daan Berg 8 years ago

    hij is scherp!!! Wat een vies beest eigenlijk hรจ? Maar echt waar superprentje!

    • Best lastig om zo’n klein beestie scherp te krijgen. Maar gelukt. Tnx Daan!

  3. They might have a bad reputation but I don’t think they are ugly but in general there are not many animals I would call ugly. That’s not a nice thing to say to any being.

    • Author

      Glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ you are right about the “ugly”. Don’t think they are ugly. They are not handsome, but have a certain beauty to them if you look good enough ( which is the case for most things ).

  4. Good shot! What lens did u use? How far were you from the flower?

  5. Agreed, there is definitely a certain beauty to almost everything. I like shooting macro shots of insects just to see how completely different they are when the details can be seen!

  6. Fraser Ross 8 years ago

    Good shot, I just cant get the blighters to sit long enough!

  7. Pati Robins 8 years ago

    fantastic shot , great detail

  8. Arnold Goodway 8 years ago

    Fantastic,well done.

  9. Mark Gelula 8 years ago

    One of the pluses of the Nikon D3x…fantastic detail. But you are the “capturer” so to you goes the credit.

  10. Wooow love the detail

  11. Steven Tryon 8 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful photograph!

  12. Author

    Thanks Arnold, Mark, Gerben and Steven! It’s appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. as a macro lover and a shooter, i am saying this is fabulous Johan.

  14. Andrew Blyth 8 years ago

    This is why I love macro. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Mark Hennessey 8 years ago

    Outstanding! I’m trying to learn macro photography but find myself getting lost in the technique and forgetting the basics. This picture is the reverse. Composition is king.

  16. Nice…..

  17. Author

    Thanks Mark and Balram!

  18. John Dunne 8 years ago

    Lovely macro Johan, although that fly has gotten in the way of the lovely flower :p

  19. Michael Menefee 8 years ago

    I say no, they are fascinating and particularly so in a great closeup like this. Hover flies even transcend to elegant for me, such cool bugs (I know this isn’t one heh).

    • Author

      agree, there’s beauty in everything ๐Ÿ™‚ Hover flies are on my “hitlist” as well!

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