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Gone astray?

Gone astray?
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-27 8:17
Viewed: 3119
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cranefly - Nephrotoma crocata

For the first time I spotted this Cranefly last summer. It was quite big, 16-18 mm (0,7 inches) and was really striking with its black head and yellow markings.

According to 'the books' it is normally found in damp areas in deciduous woods, so this one had probably gone astray into the Pine forest where it ended up in our garden!! The larvae live off decaying organic material. It is only found in the southern part of Sweden and is common in Europe.

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Hello Ulla, impressive macro shot of this cranefly with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-27 8:32]

Hello neighbour Ulla,
Very beautiful photo in great contrasting and clear colours. The presentation on the leaf is very nice. Excellent sharpness, details, POV and DOF. Good dark BG and composition.
Have a good weekend,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-27 8:33]

God afton Ulla,
Återigen en spännande komposition. Exceptionell detaljer och färger. Eftersom jag aldrig har sett en sådan insekt. Men nu tack vare dig ... Jag.
Många Hälsningar från Tyskland,

Hello Ulla,

A great macro with lovely colors, sharpness & details. Very nice POV & BG. Very well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


hello Ulla
super sharpness picture very good details and good sun light
beautiful colours
great shot ulla
greeting lou

hello Ulla!
very fine POV and beautifully composed scene, with good focus and great output in colors,very good control in the light, beautiful result!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Ulla, excellent macro of this fly.
Nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and regards,

hello Ulla

excellent macro photo of this insect, shot with fine POV,
superb focus great sharpness and details of the foreground,
excellent luminosity, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-27 11:07]

Hi Ulla. A sharply focus close up of this colourful Cranefly. Which you took with fine detail and rich colours. The wings have a shine to them . it stands out well from the green leaf. Well taken TFS.

You and Ivan have a good weekend.

Ciao Ulla, great macro of strange insect, I never see before, wonderful details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-27 12:16]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent macro of the Cranefly.
Nicely composed and I like the pose with the fly on the diagonal.The details are just superb.Very nice colours pallette.
Best regards Siggi

Buen documento Ulla, no se ven estas especies por nuestra Tn por lo que es de agradecer.
Buen encuadre. La f se quedo quizás algo justa ya que había bastante luz, lo que hace que el enfoque no sea perfecto.
Un bello e interesante trabajo.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

This fly is all gangly limbs, Ulla, and its legs are extraordinarily long. It is so big it seems to be straddling the leaf with some effort.
You have captured it well from a dorsal point of view. The entire subject is in perfect focus and stands out sharply against the leaf.
Thanks and regards.

Hallo Ulla
I very much like the aerial view in which you captured this crane fly, this way showing the thorax, the head, eyes and antennas from another angle. The wings are really striking, the shiny, glasslike wings a delight to look at. Detail of the matchstick black legs and its tang against the green leave is well seen. I like the shadow of the wings seen on the leave. The image as a whole is well focused and the clarity is super. Indeed beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-27 22:43]

Hi Ulla,
Very nice capture of this Cranefly.Large DOF,framing,composition and details are wonderful.
Have a great Weekend!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Ulla,

Excellent macro capture, you've managed to focus in on the cranefly very nicely.
The pose, DOF/POV and composition are also wonderful.
TFS and have a nice Saturday!


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-28 3:31]

Hello Ulla.

Very sharp shot of this strange insect.
Colors are beautiful and sitting on this way on the leave gives it a very nice look.

Gr. Hans

Hello Ulla
A flashing presentation with very natural colours under very nice light, the focus is blaimeless
Very well done
Have a good W-E

Helo Ulla,
a very good and interesting macro shot, fine detail, very beautiful colours and splendid light, a nice composition with a good contrast of colours.
Best regards

Hi Ulla,
amazing cranefly, never saw such a yellow one before. Looks a little dangerous - but I know they are harmless - normaly ?!?
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ulla,

An very good macro shot from this insexct with good pov and dof.
I think I never been seen such insect.
Fine natural colours and good of details.


Was away for a few days and almost missed this gem Ulla, the execution of your photomacrography is faultless my friend, the resulting image finely detaied, seems the right wing was somehow broken, maybe that is why it "went astray" in the first place...
Best regards,

hello Ulla
this is great macro shot of cranefly, with beautiful color patterns. you greatly captured it with great sharp details, POV/DOF and colors. light using and composition also great. thanks for sharing it, with good informative notes. have a nice week.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-30 3:31]

Hello Ulla,
I just noticed that you have been very active and showed interesting and original pictures. Fascinating and not well-known creatures, the Craneflies. I never have seen a colorful species like the one you present, even if in your note you say that it is common.
Very good composition showing N. crocata on a beautifully shaped leaf.
Un grand merci. Ici il neige jusqu'en plaine..l'hiver est là!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-12 5:53]

Hello Ulla, great macro shot of this crane fly from posterior view with excellent composition and details.
TFS and R's,

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