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Fruity Fly (macro)

Fruity Fly (macro)
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Copyright: Mike Muizebelt (Mousehill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 64 N: 183] (754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DS, Pentax FA* 200/4.0 macro
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-05 7:02
Viewed: 4382
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Found this little fellow in my house a few days ago and I decided to have a closer look........

About the fruit fly:

Fruit flies are common in homes, restaurants, supermarkets and wherever else food is allowed to rot and ferment. Adults are about 1/8 inch long and usually have red eyes (This part checks with my findings!). The front portion of the body is tan and the rear portion is black. Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting foods or other moist, organic materials. Upon emerging, the tiny larvae continue to feed near the surface of the fermenting mass. This surface-feeding characteristic of the larvae is significant in that damaged or over-ripened portions of fruits and vegetables can be cut away without having to discard the remainder for fear of retaining any developing larvae. The reproductive potential of fruit flies is enormous; given the opportunity, they will lay about 500 eggs. The entire lifecycle from egg to adult can be completed in about a week.

Fruit flies are especially attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. But they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags. All that is needed for development is a moist film of fermenting material. Infestations can originate from over-ripened fruits or vegetables that were previously infested and brought into the home. The adults can also fly in from outside through inadequately screened windows and doors.

Fruit flies are primarily nuisance pests. However, they also have the potential to contaminate food with bacteria and other disease-producing organisms.

About the photo.
I like to shoot insects in their natural environment, preferrably with some colour in the background to enhance the image. Unfortunately, these guys live in the dull environment of a house. For this photo I attached extension tubes to my 200mm macro lens and focused for maximum magnification. A flash mounted to the side was used to get proper exposure with F22.

I hope you'll like this minimalistic image.

scottevers7, dew77, red45, carper, pgmoni, pompey, sway, cedryk, Luc, marhowie, alejandroguzman, Janice, extramundi has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-10-05 7:31]

Very pretty macro Mike. The composition is original and the image quality is perfect. Well done Sébastien

Hi Mike,
Excellent job! Remembering back to my high school biology classes when I had to breed them, I know how small they are. Excellent detail, colors, and DOF. Great notes too.

Hi Mike,
woow..excellent macro..very nice detail..well done


  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-05 9:05]

Hello Mike!
Magnificent macro.Red eyes are amazing.I liked,POV,clear details,framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-05 9:55]

Good capture Mike. Details are sharp and composition is very good. The fly poses really well. It's just too bad that the foreground is plain white and not more natural. TFS!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-05 10:27]

Very good one Mike. Simply and clear composition works very well. Fly itself is detailed and looks nice. I like its red eyes and face ;-) Great note also.

  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-05 11:45]

Ik vind hem mooi Mike,
echt schitterende foto, de compositie is geweldig, de pov is goed end de dof I love it, very good job.
gr. Jaap

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-10-05 11:50]

Excelent macro. The framing is really puzzling and attractive. I like it a lot!

  • Great 
  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-10-05 13:51]

Nice framing to an excellent shot Mike, good clarity, colours and note.
Thanks for sharin.

  • Great 
  • lukdm Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 7] (165)
  • [2005-10-05 15:32]

schitterend gedaan Mike

  • Great 
  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-10-05 16:34]

HI Mike.
A great shot of this little guy.
Great details and crisp as usual
Great macro work.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-06 5:37]

Une superbe prise de vue sur cette insecte, les couleurs contrastes beaucoup avec l'environnement.J'aime bien toute l'espace laissé à l'insecte et la netteté.

Félicitations pour cette belle composition et merci pour l'envoie.

  • Great 
  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2005-10-06 20:04]

Hi Mike,
Ready for takeoff! Your unusual composition makes it real dynamic. Excellent sharpness and beautiful "icy" colours. TFS

Hello Mike!
Wonderful capture.It looks like a character from star wars;).Red eyes,clear details,POV and composition are perfect.Thanks for shaing.

Very good composition and combination aod monochromatic neutral background with the fly prominent in colours. I like it very much :-) Greetings. Michal

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-07 11:48]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Mike.
Have a good weekend.

  • Great 
  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-07 15:04]

Hi Mike,
very good macro with the unusual composition. Friends all told You. I like it - also. Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

  • Georges Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-23 15:42]

J'adore tout simplement le contraste et la presentation de cette photo.
Du boulot parfait pour une prise parfaite.

Interesting composition giving the fly plenty of space to fly into Mike ;-) I like this overall grey tone & surface the fly sits on. Perfect color and light, Excellent details. Very well done. Thank you.

Hi Mike:

What a stunning picture !!!
Very very well composed, great colors and contrast.


  • Great 
  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-12-07 20:03]

Excelente composição (good POV)
Ótima nitidez.
Uma boa foto. Tive o prazer de completar seus pontos para o QUADRADO DOURADO (Workshop = 50pts)! Parabéns. Obrigado (TKS)

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-17 4:03]

Mike, you certainly got close to this tiny fellow. Excellent macro! So sharp and so easy to see too. And a perfect composition too. WELL DONE, TFS

Taking into account the size of this ones, this is a superb macro shot. not only a lot of details are seen, but you managed to make it artistic, even in a difficult enviroment.
very well done, for this and the other last shots posted.
Regards, Felipe.

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