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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/5.8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-26 14:47
Viewed: 5006
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
The Christmas or -if you like - holiday period is just ending and "normal" life is comming again... But today I would like to show you a picture taken during holiday too, but a little warmer - last summer holiday :>

This is a male of may fly Ephemerella ignita (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae). It is easy to recognize thanks to its red, huge, "turbinate" eyes. Its size is some 15 mm only.

But why "turbinate"? Well, the eye is divided into two parts: an upper one is red and much bigger - thank to that it looks a little similat to a turban on a human head. This part of eye has also much bigger ommatidia than the lower one. The lower part is "normal", not so huge, and not red. Interesting is that females have typical eyes.
The "turban-like" eyes are characteristic for males in Baetidae may flies, but especially well seen (thanks to vivid colouration) in genus Ephemerella.

Ephemerella ignita is not rare species in Poland and Central Europe, and as a larva it inhabits different types of rivers and streams, from mountains to lowlands.

If you are interested in some details more about this insect order, please feel free to watch my earlier picture of may fly here.

This picture was taken at night (may fly was atraccted to the light), something about 10 p.m.

eqshannon, dejo, Arjun, SelenE, horia, Juyona, cataclysta, uleko, Alex99, marcellr, Silvio2006, fartash, XOTAELE, jcoowanitwong, haraprasan, marhowie, izler, boreocypriensis, Tamrock has marked this note useful
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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-12-26 14:55]

selam radomir; superb macro shot nice details well done

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-26 14:56]
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Hi Radomir,
excellent detail and clarity, the dark background has really made your subject stand out here. Does shooting this kind of thing at night require any special equipment or technique? Please excuse my ignorance in this matter :o)

Super fine detail here Rad...Very high quality work with that camera....You sure know your insect world...do you think it is true that John Baptist ate only locusts? I have often wondered...

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-12-26 16:19]

hi radomir,
this is a beautiful picture.the details are goo.black BG looks great.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-26 16:27]

Hi Radomir,
Focus, sharpness, details, POV, composition, dark backround and the clarity are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-27 0:35]

Hi Radomir
nice macro capture, great details capture, particularly wings
regards, Dejan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-27 1:17]
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Hello my friend!

Nice to see you again and i would like to take this chance to wish you (although i'm a little late, i know) very happy holidays and the very very best in all aspects for the next year!
2007 was indeed a great year, one in which i made very many friends all over the world, among which i'm happy to have you too. Let's hope that in 2008 we'll meet or at least collaborate in other aspects, too :) (by the way, did you know that our publication - the North-Western Journal of Zoology is now covered by ISI?... :) )

And now for this great may fly shot: i love it!
I've always considerred mayflies as delicate beauties but i never managed some nice shots of them. However, i see you have, and of more species, including this amazing one with such vivid red eyes...wow! They really look amazing!
I also like the fact that there is nothing else in the frame to distract the attention froe subject...the small advantages of shooting at nights ;)
Very good side POV, excellent sharpness and magnification and very good flash work, too.
A pleasure to watch...i hope you'll get more next year so that all of us can enjoy these magnificent creatures.

Bravo and TFS my friend!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-27 1:52]

Hola amigo,
impresionante macro,
excelente foco y detalles...
saludos Radomir

Czesc Radziu
Piekna modelka o czerwonych oczach - chyba wampirzyca jakas :-) Podoba mi sie sposob oswietlenia - jakby punktowy reflektor w ciemnym pomiszczeniu

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-27 6:25]

Hello Radomir,
What a superb capture of this beautiful May Fly. It's very well lit showing interesting details clearly. Amazing eyes and its pose and the wings look really great here. Very well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-12-27 8:59]

Hi Radomir,

An excellent macro,the dark BG color works well in this compo,it makes this may fly stand out of the picture


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-27 11:22]

Hi Radomir.
Perfect night shot. I only several night wild nature pictures. It is really difficult task.
Flash work is superb as well as the sharpness and details of the insect and twig. Composition is wonderful too. Many thanks and kind regards.

Hi Radomir,
your may-fly is wonderful and I'm happy you show it, because I also made a shot of a similar one this year, but with yellow eyes.
And I was curious if it realy was a may-fly, the others had more tiny eyes - and not yellow.
Sometime I will also show mine.
Thanks for yours, I like it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Radomir,
non è certamente facile riuscire a fotografare così bene questi piccoli insetti trasparenti.
Tu lo hai fatto in modo magnifico.
Mi piace soprattutto la trasparenza delle ali e l'occhio bicolore.
Complimenti anche per le interessanti note.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-27 16:04]

It's simply fantastic, a 1st class pic,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Radomir, splendid fly, I never see before, thanks, great composition with splendid contrast against dark BG, good colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Magnífica macro con unos detalles perfectos.
Buen bg y genial encuadre.
Saludos y felicidades para tí y los tuyos en estas fechas tan entrañables, JL.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-29 1:33]

Hi Radomir,
Just marking it to come back later with a proper critique.

Hello Radomir
Excellent shot of this Mayfly,
Perfect details,use of flash and POV,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Best wishes for 2008 :o)

Hi Radomir,
A great observation. TFS this 10pm shot. The time which I normally enjoy the comfort of my home. Sharp focus and perfect exposure. Enjoy reading your informative note. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Hi Radomir,
A lovely capture of this may fly. What a beautiful composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2008.

Excellent macro work Radomir. Very nice detail, color, DOF, and use of flash to fill. The black BG works nicely too :)
Happy New Year!

Hi Radomir,
A beautiful shot indeed of this Mayfly. Thanks also for the informative note.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-11 6:55]

merhaba radomir
wonderful macro photo of this interesting and different bug
composition, point of view, dark background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Radomir,

A wonderful capture of a ephemerid species. Black backgraund idea nice! Excellent details. Perfect!

hi radomir!
really sharp and fine macro!
it stands out fine from the
black background!
well done!

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