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Sarcophaga carnaria

Sarcophaga carnaria
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-12 10:52
Viewed: 4461
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last year, I purchased the 150 mm F 2.8 APO Macro DG.
I hardly used this lens since then.
I took this image an hour or so ago in the garden. It's a fly perched on a fallen apple.
The evening light was quite harsh.
The camera body was the Canon 5D.
I didn't use a tripod. A sin, I know.
Thus the image is shot handheld.
Processing and editing in Lightroom, ACR and CS3.
It's a slight crop.
I don't the identifaction of this fly.
Thanks for looking

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To eqshannon: Sounds good, Bob:-)vanderschelden 2 08-13 19:52
To Alex99: Hello Alexei,vanderschelden 1 08-13 11:46
To robindb: Good idea, Robinvanderschelden 1 08-12 12:34
To pvs: Safari in eigen tuin:-)vanderschelden 1 08-12 12:21
To nglen: Hello Nick,vanderschelden 1 08-12 11:49
shadowbatu 1 08-12 11:31
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-12 11:02]
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Hi Annick. This looks like a Flesh fly ( Sarcophaga carnaria ) but not 100 % . Not to sure how you got such a good picture hand held , I shake tomuch so a tripod has to be used. Now you have taken the macro out you must start using it. You have good detai land colours. a good picture in the bright light. well done TFS.

Hi Annick,

Good detail on the fly itself especially as it was hand held but as you say the light was harsh. Maybe a reflector could help to reflect some light on the darker side of the subject. I am no expert in this but maybe this could cause the light to appear softer and also soften the shadow. Now that the Macro lens is out you can do some experimenting.



Hello Annick,
this is clearly a Sarcophaga as 'nglen' already suggested. You captured it very well.
In particular, I like the presentation of the wing surfaces including the reflectance.
The red eyes are always impressive.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-08-12 11:33]
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Ha Annick,

Op safari in je eigen tuin kan je ook veel tegenkomen,zeker het kleinere werk,fraai opgenomen en zoals jezelf al eigenlijk aangeeft heb je een vrij rusige hand daar je geen statief gebruikt hebt,mooie opname hoewel ik niet zo weg ben van dit soort vliegen,zeker als je de appel nog wilde oppeuzelen,groetjes


I seer a VERY sharp fly (*great) and I also see an awful lot of natural skin sugars and yeast on the apple...if it doesn't taste good now, it will if you put a few of those together with some water, honey and a bit more warmed brewers yeast in a glass bottle and then put a balloon on top...it will bubble for about 2 weeks, then it is ready for drinking or vinegar...one or the other takes over...

Hi my friend Annick,
A very well focused and composed macro shot of a meat-eater fly. TFS.
Greetings from TRN Cyprus

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-13 5:47]

Hi Annick!

Maybe not very beautifull but still interesting :-) Great quality, eyes are perfectly sharp and red :-) Nice BG. Your macro lens and you did good job together :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-13 10:04]
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Hi Annick.
I am glad to see you in macro photography world and I wish you to use macro lens more often. Extreme sharpness and details of the shot. It is a pity a bit that you have not posted exposure and other EXIF parameters. I remember (if I am not mistaken) you do not use flash. However, in your case fill flash would be useful for eliminate deep shadows. Well done and good wishes (especially at macro shooting).

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