This picture is a macro shot of a horse-fly (if any of you know the scientific name of this species, please let me know). Taken with a 18-55mm canon lens. To be able to do this with such a lens you have to get yourself a reverse ring for that lens. For instance, this 18-55m lens has got a 58 mm diameter filter thread on the front of the lens. So in order to use this lens reversed, i had to order a reverse ring for Canon with a 58 mm diameter thread.  I photographed this horse-fly on a simple yellow plastic sheet and with a ring flash. The water drops were created with a plant sprayer. This is a really cheap way to get yourself into macro photography and get some awesome images too. For this shot i needed to take a series of pictures because of the shallow depth of field and a technique called focus-stacking in order to get a image with lots of depth of field.

If you have any questions or comments about how i created this picture, feel free to mail me or leave a message in the comment section below. Thanks for looking!!!

Technical info:

  • 3 images merged by focus stacking
  • @ 18mm (reversed)
  • f/9
  • iso 200
  • @ 1/125 sec
  • Godox ringflash @ full power

Programs used:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5