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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-13 2:34
Viewed: 3412
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took three captures of this simultaneously with exposure auto bracketing. Then merge with HDR. Please do feel free to express your expressions about this one.

Aperture Shutter Speed ISO Focal Len
f/14 1/640sec 400 200mm
f/10 1/640sec 400 200mm
f/8 1/640sec 400 200mm

Flies in the Diptera family Asilidae are commonly known as robber flies. The family Asilidae contains about 7,100 described species worldwide. All robber flies have stout, spiny legs, a dense moustache of bristles on the face (mystax), and 3 simple eyes (ocelli) in a characteristic depression between their two large compound eyes. The mystax helps protect the head and face when the fly encounters prey bent on defense. The antennae are short, 3-segmented, sometimes with a bristle-like structure called an arista. The short, strong proboscis is used to stab and inject victims with saliva containing neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes which paralyze and digest the insides; the fly then sucks the liquefied meal through the proboscis. Many species have long, tapering abdomens, sometimes with a sword-like ovipositor. Others are fat-bodied bumblebee mimics. Adult robber flies attack other flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, various bees, dragon and damselflies, ichneumon wasps, grasshoppers, and some spiders.

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To oscarromulus: Thank youharaprasan 1 07-15 20:42
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Hi Haraprasaon
I really like the detail on this fellows legs...amazing. I hope someone comments on the HDR because i would like to come back and read. I love this fly...his detail is really interesting..TFS

I am not familiar with the technique you have mentioned in your note, HP.
However, the image of this Robber Fly is very good. The focus looks exceptionally sharp though the colours may be a bit on the down side.
TFS and all the best.

Hi Haraprasan, my dear friend!
A perfect macro capture of this robberfly with great details and perfect DOF. The pov also wonderful. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday!

PS. Tomorrow, wait for a surprise from me:D

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-13 3:15]

Hello Haraprasan,
I don't think my Beetle would like this one!! You've really managed to shoot it very well here! Excellent and interesting sharp details and it shows up nicely on the light background. A fine composition too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Even the word neuro alone worries me. I and Jane both have neurological problems...so any toxin which would affect the nervous system, even if in small amounts would be not a good thing. So in that regards, I am glad I am looking at a picture instead of the real deal...I wonder if anyone remembers 6-12 lotion...might have been the 1950's makeup of DEET....Very good shot and super lesson/information HP!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-13 7:23]

Hello Haraprasan, splendid close-up of a robberfly. TFS. Regards,

Hello Haraprasan,
Superb macro shot of a fly in all aspects. TFS. Regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-13 11:15]

Hi Haraparasan,

The Robberfly is wonderful - very sharp with excellent details. I love the wings and the little hairs on his legs. I have a feeling I'm not the only one who is unfamiliar with the technique you used. Could you explain it more fully?


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-07-13 11:46]

Hola Haraprasan, buen resultado con el HDR, buen macro, buena definición, luz y color. Un saludo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-13 12:13]

Hello Haraprasaon,
A great shot with fine sharpness and colours. Very nice work!
Regards Siggi

Hi Haraprasan, detail very clear and amazing shot for this little flies...Excellent photo and good sharpness....Regards, Leyla

Hi Haraprasaon,

Very good macro shot with lots of details.
Beautiful colours and i like the pov and dof.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-07-13 22:11]

Hello Haraprasan,

Very nice capture of Robber fly with High Dynamic Range technique. Details of the fly are well captured. DOF and POV are great. It is difficult to get an optimum exposure for a subject seated on a bright spot amidst dull BG. You've done it very well. I've attempted HDR on still life, not on insects. I would prefer to do in a bounced light ambiance. Its a great shot.

Thanks for sharing

Hallo Haraprasan
Now this is indeed a so what called "Black Beauty". Every little detail on this robber fly is clear and displays well. The big eyes and the segmented body is truly an eyecatcher. You photographed the fly well and presented it with great clarity. Here I especially refer to the visible veins on the wings and the spikes on the paws. Thanks for this contribution. Kind regards.

The lighting is awesome, simply superb, HP.And then there is the sharpness...absolutely superb!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-14 4:41]

Hello HP, I shot this yesterday and was wondering what is this. This is amazing sharpness. Excellent one and thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-14 14:49]

Hi Haraprasan,
excellent HDR macro!
The exposure is spot on thanks to the HDR technique :-)
Excellent sharpness.
Great composition.
Brilliant DOF.

Well done,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-15 9:12]

Hello Haraprasan

Whenever I see the name Robber Fly I always look twice,as my name is Robert Fry.LOL.
A very good capture with very good details.
Nicely placed in the frame.
The lighting and colours are very good.


नमस्ते, Haraprasan,
As you know I know VERY VERY little about photograpy; however, in your notes you say: "... Please do feel free to express your expressions about this one."
So, here is my say: The colours are a bit FLAT... no life ... as your other images have been. Otherwise this is a GREAT GREAT piece of photography work.
Shall attempt a W/S.
Warm regards,

Hello Haraprasan!
As you know I was not in Poland last time so many of your pictures were overlooked by me :( But now - even if again only for very short period - I am able to write a few words to your pictures.
This time I decided to choose Asilidae fly. The reason is that last two weeks, when I was in Baltic states, together with my friends and specialist in this insect group, we collected some Asilidae for scientific studies. Believe me or not, but this family was not known from this region before! Almost the centre of Europe and still "white area". So please imagine what is known from India! Probably many new species are waiting for discovery, who knows, maybe this from the photo is new for science? :>
Best regards from Lodz!
Friendly yours,

PS. By the way, just for fun please look here where one of my older Asilidae pictures was presented :)

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