The Boatman Fly – Pogonortalis doclea of the Platystomatidae family, earnt it’s name by the way it swings its wings whilst walking, looking much like one would when rowing a boat – and it’s true, because it’s exactly what the little guy was doing when I shot this, and I had no idea what he was up to!

Shot on the 18th of October 2009 in Brisbane, Australia, with a Canon 450d and a 70-300 is usm telephoto with 68mm of stacked extension tubes.

Shutter: 1/160th (also fired built-in flash)
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100

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Jason Asher is an landscape photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. Jason specialises in producing high-quality images of our natural world, with a strong focus on capturing the beauty and mystery of where Land meets Sea. Jason’s love of nature does not end with the ocean as he aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way.

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  • grumpy
    grumpyabout 5 years ago

    Cool shot Jason!
    I’ve used extension tubes before but NEVER got anything with this much detail. Love the eyes….

  • Thanks Stevie, appreciate it mate. Yeah they’re pretty difficult to use them all stacked, AF is non-existent and I lose a few stops of light, and also focusing is a sure pain, but I can get some good detail out of the telephoto lens – didn’t quite realize how sharp it could be until I started using tubes with it. Thanks again :)

    – Jason Asher

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 5 years ago

    This is excellent Jason, love his eyes! Nice clear night shot :O)

  • Thanks Vanessa. It’s not actually a night shot, but just an effect of the flash not illuminating the background as much. Thanks again for your kind words :)

    – Jason Asher

  • AdamMaund
    AdamMaundabout 5 years ago

    I find dof too shallow with my (dodgy ebay brand) extension tubes. It’s a real pain as any kind of manual aperture setting is disabled when the lens is no longer talking to the camera and vice versa. I’ve ordered an Olympus extension tube (for my E-500) so hopefully this issue should be resolved with a re-established electronic connection. Which means more glorious focus and I can shoot just as close to the subject!

  • I’ve had no problem with the kenko tubes, all 3 stacked. DOF is pretty much destroyed though yes, hence why I’ve been shooting at least f/9 or f/11 and you can see see it’s limitations. Some newer shots i’ve been using f/20 and seem to have better results, but then my built-in flash is on full and I still need ISO 200… The solution? The twin lite macro flash perhaps, another $1000 or something. Good luck with them though Adam, I really hope you sort something out so I can see your frogs and spiders up close mate!

    – Jason Asher

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Habout 5 years ago

    great macro Jason! the eye details are superb

  • Thanks Dinni! I wish I could get closer, if I do the lens & tubes get in the way of the flash!

    – Jason Asher

  • Shelley Warbrooke
    Shelley Warbrookeabout 5 years ago

    This is such an awesome shot! Love his eyes and the patterns of his wings :)

  • Thanks Shelby :)

    – Jason Asher

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