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On the top of the purple hill

On the top of the purple hill
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-23 14:09
Viewed: 4333
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Algunos miembros que no nos conocen se preguntarán que es la montaña púrpura donde está la mosca, un rápido vistazo a nuesto tema favorito desvelará el misterio. Publicaré pronto fotos de esta maravillosa seta, asi que mantendremos la identidad en secreto hasta entonces :)

F:8 - 1/10 - Programa manual - Minitripode

Some members who dont know us, may wonder what is the purple perch where the fly rests, a fast view over our favourite theme will solve out the mistery. We will soon post photos of this wonderful fungus, so I keep the ident in secret until then :)

Helomyzidae, Heteromyzidae.

Adult insects. Small to medium-sized. Antennae 3 segmented (the third segment short and rounded); ‘modified’. Antennae aristate; the bristle dorsal. The second antennal segment not grooved. Ptilinal suture clearly defined. Ocelli present; 3. Post-vertical orbital bristles present; convergent. Mouthparts functional. The maxillary palps 1 segmented; porrect. Vibrissae present. Thorax without a continuous dorsal suture; without well defined posterior calli. Wings with a discal cell; without a sub-apical cell; with a closed anal cell. The anal cell short. The costa unbroken, or with one break (weakened or broken at the end of the sub-costa, and bearing a series of spines). Sub-costa apparent; reaching the costa independently of vein 1, or terminating blind. The leading edge veins not noticeably stronger than the rest. Wings without a ‘vena spuria’. Vein 6 present; reaching the wing margin. Wings with the lower calypter much reduced or absent; patterned, or unpatterned. Tibiae with a dorsal pre-apical bristle. Hind tibiae with strong bristles in the basal 4/5 (?), or without strong bristles in the basal 4/5.

Larvae and pupae. Larvae terrestrial; saprophagous, or coprophagous, or mycophagous (some found in nests of birds and mammals, and in caves); acephalic. Pupa enclosed within a puparium.

Comments. Small to medium sized yellowish, brownish or grey flies, the costa ot the wing bearing a series of spines. Associated with decaying animal or vegetable matter, especially carrion.

Classification. Suborder Brachycera; Division Muscomorpha Schizophora Acalyptratae; Superfamily Sphaeroceroidea.

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/10 - Manual exposure - Minitripod

XOTAELE, Argus, dew77, red45, RAP, jmp, eruyanik, pvs, horia, SunToucher, carper, marhowie, Luc has marked this note useful
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¡Vaya pasada de color!.
Qué grandes y perfectos detalles.
Agradable luz y composición excelente.
Saludos, JL.

Sobresaliente en todos los aspectos, magnífica, incluida la Nota.

Hi Felipe,
very beautiful macro, with check details. I like the purple support and length hairs on the insect!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-23 15:35]

This is a fine macro of a dung fly with good blurred BG. I cannot guess what it is standing on, which is beautifully coloured. It looks too synthetic to be a fungus!
Thank you both, regards, Ivan

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-10-23 16:11]

Esa debe de jugar al golf de grande jajajaj, que colores mas guapas. Un saludo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-23 16:16]

Hello Felipe,
Magnificent close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crip clear.I liked POV,sharpness,colors,lighting,D effect and composition a lot.
Excellent work!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-23 16:32]

Hello FeCr!

Another extramundi shot from your team :-) Small alien walking on surface of purple planet :-) It remainds me illustration from Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Great macro work, superb details and first of all excellent and surprising POV and composition. I'm waiting for portrait of this mysterious fungus!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-23 16:54]

Una genialidad amigo mío... el impacto visual que genera esta imagen es maravilloso.
La aclaración en tus notas es mucho más que útil porque podrías pensarse que se trata de una superficie artificial y no un bello hongo... habrá que aguardar por su publicación completa pues.
Perfecta nitidez, perfecto desenfoque, perfecta iluminación... perfecta composición.
Con admiración... Ricardo

Hi Felipe
nice focus and sharp, good work at 1/10, even a tripod, probablz the insec was "frosen"

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-23 17:23]

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Bella montaña violeta que espero impaciente que desveleis. Precioso fondo y muy nítida mosca que tiene de bueno que se come otras. Espero que se aparee muchas veces y vaya a más.
Un saludo,
José M.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-10-23 18:43]

Hi Felipe,
You have created quite an amazing image here...well done!The contrast of colour between the insect and this unbelievable looking fungus is just great.Such good detail and clarity....each individual hair on its head is clear.Fantastic!
Regards, David

Hi Felipe!
What a wonderful subject! i'm talking about the mushroom for sure, though the fly is interesting too! Superb coloured cap i love that! i'm very curious about the id and wondering if it is edible if so i can eat it raw! Ok, i will wait for your post!

btw, are you sure with the fly, because i tought that i know this fungi lover fly too. Yes, it look alike a yellow dung fly also but some doubts with the abdomen and body.

Those nails at the end of the legs and whole body (which looks raw) remind me a my post which is very similar for the fungi love:-) and very similar leg's positions also. You can see my mad max below...

Cyberpunk, fungilover at the same time:-)

Another photo of the fly

Thank you and best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-23 21:40]

Hey you two, I love the purple fungus, and your little fly looks great standing on the mountain! Well done,

Hello Felip,

excellent capture perfect details, very crsip, perfect colors, nice colors, perfect work,

TFS Kyle

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-24 10:38]


Very well captured,with good details and colors,well done and TFS,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-24 11:55]

What a splendid composition, Filipe!!!
This is trule a magnificent photo!
The focus here is spectacular, as well as the DOF.
Perfect sharpness on the little fly! The big blue ball is also the most qierd and interesting at the same time thing that i saw used as a "sitting place" for such a shot :))
Very well done!
The colors are well saturated and the POV is excellent.

Bravo and TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-25 14:58]

Excellent macro shot of this insect climbing his giant purple hill. Excellent POV, Sharpness and wonderful colours. The purple funghi is fabulous

Hi Felipe,
What a wonderfull photo. I love the contrast of the purple fungi and the OOF BG. It really makes the two seperate from each other. The fly is stunning as well, especially the hairs on the back. Great colors and clarity and excellent sharpness.

Hello Felipe and Cristina,

It's not a Scathophaga but a Suillia sp. (Heleomyzidae), quite common in spring and on fungi in autumn. The same applies to pictures by Ersin Uyanik.

Best regards,

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-27 13:42]

fantastic one my friend,
a great macro on this purple top of the hill, good point of view, fine macro and very nice dof, good job well seen and have a nice day.
gr. jaap

Very nice Felipe.
I like the striking color, composition, and great bokeh I see. Everything looks fantastic :)

Hi Felipe and Cristina...
Astonishing combination of nature!
No doubt you have an eye of the unique of nature, I love to enjoy it.
Perfect DOF and good clarity of POV and coloration make this image do wonderful....
Very nice!


Oh i see it now! haha, yeah this one is good. :) i like the fact that the purple thing/fungus? is so big as compared to the insect. Gives it some comparison platform!
Good one here with great sharpness. :)

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