Wednesday, 24 March 2010

When photographing flies, it is always a good idea to avoid the fly casting a shadow. However, I have just been photographing some of 'small-fly maestro' Andy Baird's flies and shot a shadow-heavy version which simply seems to work:

tied on a #32:

Check out Andy's blogs here:
Small Fly Funk
On the Burn



Midgenut said...

Under most circumstances I'd agree with the shadow issue, but this shot is beautifully done, tack sharp and gives a real sense of depth to the composition! Nice job! I am curious, if you don't mind, what camera and lense are you shooting with? In real life I do landscapes with a Pentax 645 and shoot transperancies, but I'm woefully lacking in my knowledge of digital gear. It's about time to retire the little point and shoot digital I'm currently using!

Andy Baird said...

Your photography is just amazing, Dave. The profile shadow provides massive insight to the footprint. We can learn a lot from this shot.


Hope she catches you some trout this season.

Very best,

Mark said...

I think its important to determine the purpose of the shot. For example, you'd never use this angle or lighting as a setup for a shot in a step-by-step tutorial. Its clearly an artistic photo, and its good to see that you're not afraid to break the rules in the name of a great artistic shot!

Bigerrfish said...
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Bigerrfish said...

Hey, dont accuse the guy of bending any rules! I think this is a very REAL shot!! the shadow make your mind realize, that what your looking at is Real..I don't know I guess I'm a realist