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Goodbye with a tiny fly

Goodbye with a tiny fly
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 160
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals from my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-03 19:29
Viewed: 4690
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Long-legged Fly / Family Dolichopodidae

Just the other day it was still months before we could start packing for our annual holiday in the Kruger, and within a flash of time the months have now become a few hours, and we will soon be leaving. Therefore I would like to say goodbye with a fly, until Loot and I return in about 3 week's time.

I am not going to say much about this fly, as various members have uploaded this species. Jitti (jcoowanitwong), Ram (Ramthakur) and Chris (Sandpiper 2) are only a few to mention. I do however want to mention a few points with regard to this photograph.

I have taken many shots of this fly, but none of the photographs was good enough quality for posting. These flies are very small (only about 5mm in length) and my camera is not equipped with a strong enough macro lens to bring out the best of this fly as I can not get close enough before the fly flies away. This image was cropped quite a lot and the technical aspects are not the best, but I enjoyed so much photographing it, because of its wonderful metallic colours and I wanted to share that with you. Btw, it is sitting on a Bromeliad leaf.

If you look back in my gallery, you will see a number of different fly images. Since I started capturing insects, the diversity of flies really astounded me, and I actually changed my opinion about this insect that the most of us would like to "gash" down when we lay eyes on them. Some of them have the most beautiful colours and fascinating features. Please drop by my gallery some time and see the various types of flies I have posted so far, and looking at them one cannot say anymore that a fly is just a fly!

Time to say goodbye and take care. Thanks for all the kind visits to my gallery in my absence, it will not go unnoticed.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hallo Anna,
Look at this! We are neighbors today and posted almost similar kinds of beauties. Beautiful macro shot & TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-03 22:41]

Hello Anna,
A fine macro of this beautiful little fly taken from from a great POV with excellent sharpness and colours, its iridescence making this image very attractive.
I wish you and Loot a great time in Kruger and look forward to seeing lots of pics from you.
With best wishes,

Wow, Anna, if this is what you cab do with your Sony, I can'y wait to see what you can do with the new Canon outfit! Look out, world, here comes the NEW Anna! Remember the Golden Rule with a new camera, STUDY THE MANUAL!Have fun in Kruger!

Hallo Anna,
I got Loots email this morning.
Congrats to your big price, my friend, I'm happy for you.
And I hope you will have a great time KNP,
The colours are very nice of this nice picture.

Best Regards.

good morning Anna
this is very nice close-up with nice sharp focus and superb coloration. POV and composition also very nice. TFS.
Last night, I saw Loot's last post after for a long time and I am very pleasure. I wish you and Loot have a nice time in KNP and I'd like to see your posts after that.
best regards to both of you

Bonjour Anna
La netteté des ailes est stupéfiante.
Bravo pour cette précision

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-04 0:49]

Hallo Anna,

Again an outstanding picture. Exceptionally made and play.
Have a beautiful Sunday,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-04 1:00]

Double congratulation to you!
Great capture, lovely macro details.

Congratulations Anna! i learnt from Bayram's today posting that you won a photograpic reward.. i am happy for you..
By the way, i also wish you a fine trip...
Regards, Leyla.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-04 5:41]

Hi Anna,
excellent shot and superbs presentation of course.
I read about you written by Prof. Bayram. congratulations!
All the best to your journey. How wonderfulooking forward for wonderful and splendid capture from your trip.


Hallo Anna,
Aps!!!! :o) Amazing POV. Very good picture of this colored insect, excellent sharpnees & very fine details. INteresting note.
TFS & Cheers.

Hello Anna! Congrats that you won a prize. Have a nice trip!
TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-04 6:58]

Hi Anna, the image was oversharpened it is still nice to watch such amazing colours. i also congratulate you on your prize which you won.
TFS and R's,

hello Anna
great colours
super sharpness with good details of this little fly
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Anna, firstly big Congrats on your big reward which i learnt fom our supervisor dedication to you. Fine close up shot of a colourful fly with nice details and colours.
TFS and regards,

Hy Anna
I hope you will have a great time in Kruger, returning with amazing pictures. I think you are right with the quality of this picture, but it seems that as you said, the flies are not just flies. Some of them, like this one, are quite spectacullar: the colors in some of them are wanderful. And this one seems to reprezent well that group.
My kind regards, Oana

Hi Anna,

Firstly i congratulate you on your big prize that i learnt from Loot's message which i received this morning. Hope you will win more MF!. i also wish you a happy time during your KNP trip.
All the best!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-04 13:12]

Hello Anna,
Great shot of this very colorful fly with the long legs. Great colors and details.This macro has good quality, sharp image, well saturated colours.Best regards Siggi

hello anna,
i got the news of your winning and was much thrilled to know that you have won such a wonderful honour and set of equipments you will love to use. i hope that these three week will be full of activities for both of you,

nice capture of this small fly, i oloved the metalic colours, the composition and the pov,

see you here when you are back, till then goodbye and take care.


Hello Anna
in spite his small size, you make a great shot of this tiny fly with beautiful metallic colors
the bromeliad leaf makes a nice BG, composition, colors and POV are wonderful
I hope you and your husband have a great time in Kruger Park
Very well done

Kodiang 2009

Hi Anna: It is nice of you to post this tiny fly that hops a lot making it very difficult to capture. It is also nice to leave a holiday note complementing this fine image. I'm sure you'll bring back many more pictures upon your return for all of us to see in TN. Have a great vacation and may you and Loot have pleasurable time during the time off from TN. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hi Anna
Your long legged fly is so colourful and iridescent. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and captured many wonderful images in Kruger.
TFS Janice

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-17 4:43]

Hi, dear Anna.
Thanks a lot for visit my gallery when I was absent. It is so touching. Now I can get pleasure from works of out TN members again. Yours are from them. It is really difficult to take good shots of so tiny objects. You make wonders with your camera. Magnification level is simply great as well as the details of the fly and leaf. My warm regards and TFS.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-10-22 17:29]

A super capture Anna,
You really do have some amazing fly images in your gallery. This particular fly you posted has gorgeous colors and the detail is quite good, even though you had to crop a lot. Hope you and Loot have a great time and are able to take a lot of photos while your on your trip.

Hi Anna
Fine colorful capture of this tiny insect...TFS

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-10-26 13:42]

Dear Anna!

It's a long time ago I was for the last time in your gallery. And I'm glad to re-discover it and all the beatiful pictures you have taken. I like this one here very much for its delicateness and the superb colours. The lightplay on the tiny wings is fantastic and the picture is the perfect invitation to return to your gallery and to look at the other flies there.

Now, that's what I'm going to do and I'm looking forward to seeing your holiday pictures.

Kind regards


Hello Anna,

what an colourful picture from this insect.
A good pov and dof.
Very good colour spectrum.


Hello Anna! Excellent macro, wonderful light and bright, good colours, very good sharpness. Perfect exposure. Well done!

Howzit Anna,
I hope you and Loot had a wonderful break and I am sure the time ther must have gone like a "25 frames per second".
Some stunning shiny colours on this fly and nice wing detail, good eye and well captured.
PS hows the new equipment?

Hello Anna,
a splendid macro shot of this tiny fly, good sharpness and very beautiful metallic colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Anna,
I love this metallic insect, the colour is amazing. I'm happy to see you all again - there was such a bad spirit on the Trek-Sites in spring - so I made a break - and now it seem to be better ?!?
Thanks for your warm words, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Me siento muy halagado por tus comentarios Anna, pero soy un fotógrafo aún justo :-)
Espero que te vayan bien esas vacacines y que vuelvas con ganas y abundante material para publicar.
Gran ampliación para la despedida de ese pequeño insecto que desconicía.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-10-30 5:15]

Hi Anna,
Green eyes and armor, as a metal body ...
Successful fly macro photo. Sharp details and colors, perfect.
Best wishes,

The metallic colours stand out in this shot, Anna.
Nice POV.
Have a wonderful time, you and Loot!

Ciao Anna, great macro of wonderful tiny fly, fantastic metallic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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