Blowfly Portrait (Chrysomya megacephala?) by Alex Ford

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Blowfly Portrait (Chrysomya megacephala?) by 

No, in case you were wondering, it is not alive. This is a still life shot. Τhis is one of my all time favourite shots. There is nothing like the feeling of watching this image rolling out of the staker, and then viewing it at 100% in photoshop. I had never before seen any photo like this one, and I had no idea of what they looked like up that close with that level of sharpness.

This is one of my bigger focus stacks, about 100 shots. I did go overboard a little bit, as I wanted ot make absolutely sure I didn’t have any gaps in the stack. Fifty shots probably would have done just as well. It took FOREVER to put together in photoshop, but it was worth it once it was done!

Ι believe this is Chrysomya megacephala, but I would really appreciate it if someone could confirm.

D7000, 105mm micro with a 50mm prime reverse mounted on the face. Magnification somewhere between 3:1 and 5:1. ISO 100, 1/250th, f/16. Two flash units were used (SB-700 and SB-26), one on either side.

260 views as of 6/11/2013

Taken in my room, northern victoria.


  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelover 1 year ago

    I am at a loss for words. From Amazing to Jawdropping and every word in between can not say enough about this.

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 1 year ago


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  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    Hi Alex, welcome to If It Doesn’t Belong. This is so wild:) Very cool work

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    Featured Saturday 29 June 2013

    Beautiful Work!!!

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 1 year ago

    This is fantastic work!!! The Blowfly images I could find have hard shining shell like covers from neck to butt. They reflect a irridescent blue/green.

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    November 7, 2013

    Outstanding work!

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 1 year ago

    Wonderful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    November 2013 ~ Permanet Feature Gallery

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisabout 1 year ago

    November 17/2013
    Congratulations Alex being placed in the Top Ten of the challenge
    Fantastic image of an Insect.
    For more news please visit the Group Message!!!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

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