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Empis livida

Empis livida
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-01 1:19
Viewed: 5457
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Dance fly – Scientific name : Empis livida - Order : Diptera
Description : Empidid flies are carnivorous, feeding on other insects, but they consume also flower nectar as you can see on this photo. Here the flower is a Knautia arvensis.
Photo info : taken in a field with a grey-white sky... I cropped to see better the insect, added +5% brightness, resized, framed in 800x600 for TN and my website.
Technique : FUJIFILM FinePix S6500 - Mode P - Auto focus - Aperture f3.8 - Shutter speed 1/300s - Iso 100 - White balance auto - Flash not fired - focal 105mm equiv. - File JPG fine - Handheld.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-01 1:26]

Bonjour Christian,
belle image très colorée. La douceur de la fleur contraste avec l'insect et équilibre bien l'image. Cadrage soigné, netteté juste.


Hello Christian,
A delicate capture with excellent macro qualities!
Good point of view sets off the fly nicely against the pale pinkish flower...
Well composed image, grest details!
Pablo -

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-01 2:00]

Bonsoir, mon ami. : )
This is a beautiful capture of that dance fly on that flower.
The details on them are incredible. The colors are exquisite.
A very lovely composition.
Merci pour le partage. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-01 3:06]

Hello Christian,
Magnificent close up.POV,lighting,crisp clear details,colors,BG,framing and composition are excellent.Have a great day!

hi Christian, very nice shot with good composition and POV, Nice coloures and interesting motive

Super macro Taz! This is an exciting picture with lots of fantastic elements to ogle over. A sweet image. :)

Hello Christian,
What a beautiful shot! good POV with good focus and details.Very good lighting and the fly is beautifully set against the lilac flower. Beautiful composition.
TFS, Smitha.

Hello Christian,
very nice macro shot here. I like it very much. Very nice colours, very good POV, framing and sharpness. Thank you for this very good composition. Have a nice weekend my friend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-01 4:35]

Bonjour Christian,
Petit tableau très fin pour faire connaissance de cette mouche carnivore. La scabieuse est toujours un excellent support pour les photos! Beaucoup de clarté aussi dans cette image.
Merci et bonne journée

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  • circae (152)
  • [2007-06-01 4:36]

Un diptero muy curioso y excelentemente retratado.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-01 5:08]

Hey Taz! I've been away from here lately, and decided to post a pic tonight - and here you are.
Excellent sharpness, clariet, colours, it's ALL good my friend.
Well done

Valoro en especial el conjunto. Los colores elegantes y maravillosos con tonos pasteles contrastando con el buen enfoque del insecto.Buenos detalles. Una excelente fotografía. Saludos Christian.

Très belle image, rien à redire même en cherchant :-). La lumière est parfaite.

Hi Christian.
Wow, stunning image. Your colour and detail is equisit. DOF, composition, all spot on. I can even see the iridesence in his wings, awesome shot.

New Zealand

Bonjour Christian,
Magnificent capture of this dancing fly!
I like so much your close approach and all the clear details got.
It's very good the pose catched, while feeding with it's proboscis.
I like very much the composition made, it's so well distributed.
Felicitacions et merci du partager.
Mes amities,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-01 8:31]

Hi Christian.
What a terrific close-up picture. What a perfect reproduction of all features of the fly and flower. I am amazed with razor sharpness of the fly image, great details of the flower, amazing DOF and wonderful delicate colours, tremendous POV and composition. Bravo. Superb done. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-01 10:07]

Hi Christian,
Outstanding macro shot of this dance fly. Immaculate sharpness of the insect as well as the flower and neat focus. Lovely natural colours and soothing tones. Excellent POV to show it sucking nectar and a very precise DOF. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-01 11:18]

Hello Christian,
Superb macro of this Dance Fly. I'm impressed by the great sharpness and the colours look really good and natural. Very beautiful composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-01 11:51]

Outstanding macro. This looks very professional. The exposure is nice and even with excellent soft light throughout frame. The focus is perfect with just the right detail in all areas. POV and composition outstanding.

bonjour christian
bon bein je ne vois pas ce que l'on avoir a redire,bonne et belle image.
la note est interresante dans la mesure ou je crois avoir photographié la même mouche,je n'aurais pas a chercher pour l'ID.
merci et bon week end.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-01 13:26]

Hi Christian

Another typical "TAZ" shot :)
Splendid details and a wonderful sense of composition!
Also, the colors are simply charming here - very well saturated thanks to your spot-on exposure and correct white ballance.
Impeccable DOF and excellent POV, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-06-01 14:23]

Bonjour Christian,
a very clear, sharp and brilliant picture of this delicate fly. Composition, colours and light are perfect. I like pictures not only of colourful butterflies but in particular also of at a first glane non-spectacular insects which are not soften shown. So, thank you for posting!
Best wishes, Peter

Love the detail you captured in the wings, excellent macro!


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-02 3:41]

Hello Christian,
This is such a stunning detailed macro shot of the Dance Fly.

I cant believe it was shot under a grey sky.Perhaps the bright coour of the flower has been a boon.The lighting looks perfect and the PoV is excellent.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Belle photo de cet insecte bien net et cette fleur superbes qui est tellement nette que nous pouvons voire les secrets de son coeur de pollen. Amitiés Thomas

Hello Christian,
Very nice shot! Good POV, great details, fantastic colours!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-05 6:56]

Hi Christian,
Excellent macro, sharpness details and DOF are superp. The colors of the BG work very well with the main subject. Nice composition, the placing of the subject.

Hello Christian,
Very beautiful macro mf. You know the secret of combining all the elements of nature & photo technique, into a work of art.
Very well done indeed :)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-08 6:26]

Christian bonjour, cette macro d'Empidide est magnifique et la Scabieuse apporte un plus dans la teinte, des reflets violets se repercutent sur l'insecte!! La mise en page est parfaite. Bravo l'artiste, Didier.

What an elegant flower dancer you have here. The clarity and light distribution is remarcable, MF. Excellent composition and your usual lovely presentation. Always a pleasure to go through your gallery.
Best regards, Felipe.

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-09-09 0:01]

Hi there hristian,

I trust you are keeping well? The last time I heard from you, you where building/renovating a house is this done? Lovely Macro shot this... showing the details very nicely. Great shot.

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