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Tuner of fiber-optics

Tuner of fiber-optics
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-09 6:51
Viewed: 5719
Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 136
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This flower surrounds us everywhere. And I have noticed long ago, that it possesses good expressive opportunities. Especially it is appreciable at use of flash.

I have taken many photos of this flower with the built in and external flashes. But most of all I has liked it in beams macro ring flash. And when I have seen a hoverfly sitting on this flower, I could not be kept and have taken the whole series of pictures.

It is possible to find the information on this flower here Dandelion (Taraxacum), and the information on a hoverfly – here Hoverfly.

I only shall notice that in this picture, unlike my one previous picture Last Nectar, the head and the eyes of the hoverfly as a female have the different structure.

I could not make a choice between two variants of this picture (warm and cold) and have placed one of them as a workshop.

Add equipment:

Teleconverter: Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG
Flash: Minolta Macro Ring Flash 1200 AF-N

AndyB, RAP, horia, fartash, JanArie, vanderschelden, nainnain, SkyF, scottevers7, blakitan, dew77, Maite, peter_stoeckl, jmp, jeanpaul, PDP, Hil, mikou, izler, Juyona, ramthakur, Janice, SunToucher, metcher, Adam73, Shoot_Score, rimas, marhowie, mariki, yasin has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
Rimantasrimas 2 02-18 15:29
To metcher: Native speech.Alex99 1 11-22 13:31
To Janice: Thanks (100th).Alex99 1 11-15 03:47
To PDP: IDAlex99 1 11-13 15:33
To Maite: Thanks... PointsAlex99 1 11-10 10:40
To cataclysta: 180. Thank you.Alex99 2 11-09 08:30
To Pictures_Collec: Thanks. Learning to masterAlex99 1 11-09 08:17
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-09 6:57]

Hi Alexei,

A great macro,with stunning sharpness and detail,Ilike the light and the colors in this compo,you did an excellent job on this one,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-09 7:04]

Hello ALex,
Absolutely incredible macro shot - very sharp, beautiful and interesting. Beautiful natural colours too!
Manuy thanks, Ulla

Finissimi i dettagli di questa foto, Alexei!
Veramente un'immagine superba, bravo!

Ciao e grazie.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-09 8:00]

hello Alex,
Perfect macro work,I couldnt fault this even if I tried!
The dandelion looks superb too.
Excellent work 10/10


Fantastic macro with perfect sharpnes and DOF. I think that the composition would be better with the fly on upper part (90 rotation):-)
Best wishes

Hey Alexei,

What an original title for an original picture !!!
Well i love this picture. It's sharpness and DOF are perfect. The wole body of the insect is sharp.
It seems that the ring flashlight is perfectly adapted to this kind of picture. My only regret is that the light is a bit "flat".


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-09 8:14]

Muy buena macro Alexei, con bellos detalles captados, gracias a la agudeza y foco logrados.
Agradable POV y encuadre que realza tanto al diente de león como a la mosca de las flores con la iluminación maravillosa que genera el macro ring.
Excelente... de verdad.
Saludos... Ricardo

Very good macro Alexei, with beautiful captured details, due to the sharpness and achieved focus.
Pleasant POV and framing that it enhances so much to the dandelion like the hoverfly with the wonderful illumination that generates the macro ring.
Excellent... indeed.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Alexei,
this is a great macro shot with very good sharpness and details. The DOF is also very good, not easy in this close.
Most of all I like your handle with the flash, this do not look like a flash shot, the light is very good.
Great work. my friend.

Superbe photo,les détails sont extra,la lumičre dans les poils magnifique. Thomas

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-09 8:56]

Hi Alexei

The results of your work with this new equipment are more and more impressive! This is really a fantastic combination: your camera + the very good macro lens + the teleconverter and the ringflash. I'm raelly going to consider these alament whem i'm going to purchase mine :)
Anyway, the picture is very impressive, the level of magnification is amazing and the sharpness of the details magnificent.
Lovely colors (both variation are just as nice) and great idea to show the Taraxacum seeds so close :)

Very well done!
Bravo and TFS

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-11-09 8:59]

Great composition and macro,with great sharpness and details, good lightning and specific colors. Regards

Hello Alexie
Very nice shot of hoverfly,
Great composition and lighting,
Perfect focusing ,Excellent.


Hi Alexei,
A top quality macro picture. Sharp and crisp clear with vivid colors. Great pov, dof, and exposure. With best regards,

Hi Alexei, Excellent macro photo!
Very sharp and interesting and also good lightning/colors.
TFS, Jan-Arie

Hi Alexei...
Very, very, very good image!
Sharpness really outstanding.
Compo and colours too!
Congrats and TFS

bonjour alex
tres originale cette macro, tres bons détails
félicitations et merci du partage

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-09 11:16]

Hello Alexei,
This has all the qualities of an excellent close macro, the light, detail, POV and comp. You can even see two parasitic ticks on the back of the head of this hoverfly.
Well done!
Best wishes,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-09 12:07]

Hello Alexei,
an impressive and nice macro. Light, colours and details are superb. This is also true for composition and point of view. Perfect
:-) and *.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-09 13:16]

Hello Alex,
wow this is really great. The details are just superp right down to the pollen on this bee.
Great colors, wonderful light and excellent sharpness.
What a great composition on this macro shot.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-11-09 13:30]

wauw Alexei I love it,
very spectaculair shot, great that eye, the fantastic details the sharpnes and the very good point of view, well cropped, great shot, my big compliments Alexei
gr. jaap

bonjour alexei
cela va devenir difficile de rivaliser avec vous,cette macro est epoustoufflante de details.
vraiment bravo.

Hi Alexei,
it's perfect - nothing else must be said - excellent work, I like it so much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-09 14:48]

Hello Alexei , What a fantastic macro shot , a beauty eye the details colours and the light very good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-11-09 15:06]

Great shot Alexei. Bravo!

You are a MASTER of the craft of photography.
Just had to FAV. it.
The colours captured in perfect harmony with the insect & the flower.
Outstanding focusing.
Best regards,

Hi Alexei,
This is a superb shot. The detail and DOF is amazing. Perfect exposure has rendered beautiful subtle colors. The intricate detail looks great.
Very nice camera work.

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  • Spl (8)
  • [2006-11-10 2:56]

Greetings Alexey. A fantastic, golden photo! Fine detailed elaboration, crop, colors. Successful updating of your collection of bees. Success to you.

Hi Alexei,
Excellent macro-shot. Great sharpness, superb details, neat, and also at the same time very aesthetic. Very nice colors. Great PoV and DoF. You've got everything great in this shot. Perfect.

Ben Lakitan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-10 5:34]

Privet Alexei,
Magnificent macro.It's very close and well detailed.POV,sharpness,lighting and composition are also wonderful.Exclelent work!

Hello Alexei,
This is an incredible macro! I like your title as this flower really looks like being made with optic fibers :) The details you caught are perfect in a very good POV and composition. All those colors fit together and this insect looks like being made of gold. This is wonderful; congratulations!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-10 9:49]
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Wow! what a sharpness and accuracy! Excellent job which shows interesting characteristics of this hoverfly.
I agree with your critics on TN about laziness of brain, but I think points interesting when you have to treat with a language you don't know well and have not as much time as you would need to comment all the works you think worth of it. I think that everyone welcome and is grateful for a little smile from a friend.
My very best wishes.

Hello Alexei,
very impressing image with extremely precise details,
delicious pallette of subtle colours,
a masterpiece of perfect light and composition.
Congratulations my friend! Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-10 13:56]

Hi Alexei,
Great shot with excellent golden colors, impresive sharpness and and wonderful composition. Both the hoverfly and the dandalion are very well captured and looks fine.
I prefer your warm option.
TFS, José M.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-11-10 15:30]

Hello Alexei,

Once again, you impressed me with that so nice picture of a hoverfly over a dandelion flower! Your title cannot be more acurate: it is true that the flower is like a fiber optical...! Sharpness is great and I prefer this photo than the one you are presenting on the workshop. I like the fact that we can see the little eyes between the 2 large one! Is it a female because the 2 large eyes don't stick together? Is is like that for all the syrphidae flies? Great details, excellent composition and great macro! Very well done! TFS,


hi Alexei,
What can I say? Perfect and incredible macro photo. I LOVE the fine details captured and the artistic composition that you´ve made.
Great job

Una gran supermacro. La composición, la nitidez, la luz y la exposición, etc son excelentes. Mi más sincera enhorabuena.
Un saludo

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-11-11 10:05]

what a stunning picture. the detail and sharpness are absolutley amazing. I much prefer this one to the colour corrected one in the workshop.

There is so much to see in it, it really is wonderful. really makes me want to get a macro lens.


Hello Alexei,
This is an awesome close-up... Most impressive!
The details captured are stunning, the situation are very well framed...
A most pleasing piece of work!
Pablo -

Bonjour Alexie
C'est une trčs belle prise de vue en macro d'un spécialiste que cette jolie Guępe sur sa fleur.C'est vrai que l'on croirait voir des fibres optiques.
Tres belle composition les couleurs sont superbes trčs beau détails beau cadrage
Bravo et bon week end.....JP

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-11 16:15]
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Hi Alexi, very nice shot. The details are excellent and i like the composition. Not often I've seen a hoverfly sitting on dandelion seeds. The hoverfly is Eristalis sp. probably E. tenax. Nice shot, well done.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-11-12 8:17]

Hi Alexei, its like a golddigger what an amazing colour. Very original this way, excellent macro. TFS Reina

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-12 12:33]

Hi Alexei,

What a fantastic shot, excellent POV and a very creative and artistic composition, I never thought of using a flash in this way, its amazing how it does look like fibre-optics, the sharp detail is superb and the colours are beautiful.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-12 13:51]

Hi Alexei.
Woow!The details they are amazing and clean.Very good light,sharpness,POV...all is superb.
Thank for this very interesting and perfect look at into macro world.
Greetings Milos

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-11-13 5:52]

HI Alex!
Great shot, microscopic sharp details, do you have a new camera? This is really perfect macro,amazing! My compliments!

Wow Alexei what an awesome close-up ! there are so much details on this bee, and so sharp ! we can see every little hair ! Splendid colors too, and wonderful composition and POV. A perfect shot, I really love it ! Very well done !

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-11-13 11:13]

hello Alexei
you are successfuly using all accessories of photography (lens, filter, flash) in this photo and the result is excellent. composition, point of view, lighting, colours, focus, sharpness and details are great

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-14 3:54]

What an interesting and original presentation of this insect and flower.
I really like your POV and cropping.
Amazing macro with excellent details and light.
TFS. : )

this is art!..those eyes and the fibres all seem to blend and make a real enjoyable shot..
i think the warm tone is better regarding workshop..
a top quality macro and full of interest natural history shot

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-14 10:26]

Excelente macro, maravillosos detalles y perpecta composición... original, saludos Alexei.

Hello Alexei,
Thanks for your kind comment on my recent picture, though it is not worthy of so much appreciation of a gifted artist like you.
Your huge macro of the hoverfly and the dandelion flower is a masterpiece. The sharpness is phenomenal and colours are true to the nature. Speaks volumes about your talent and skills as a photographer.
Thanks for sharing the image and take care.

Hi Alexei, I prefer this tone. And what an excellent macro shot of the hoverfly and dandelion. Amazing closeness and sharpness. All teh details look so good. Well done,

Hi Alexei,
This is a extreme macro, the details are very clear, and nicely framed.

Hi Alexei,

a superb marcro, i love the POV so much this picture goes as one of my favorite. Excellent sharpness and colors

Goutham R

Hi Alexei!
this is really very impressive!makes me wonder how is possible to achieve this kind of magnification and still retain the sharpness and exquisite detail we can enjoy in this magnificent photo...ah! and the colours really are superb!
no words...just admire one and one more time!
Bravo my friend!

Hi Alexei,
What a stunning macro. So many details visable and such rich colors. It almost looks like the fly is covered in gold. Lighting and sharpness are superb. the righ flash illuminated the flower na fly perfectly. This one really deserves all the points given..and more.

:) later

Hi, Alexei.
Great macro. Tack sharp and so close. Very good exposure and POV. Prekrasnaja rabota.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-15 10:57]

Great ellegant shot. I love the white Dandelion it accents the hoverfly very well. Sharpness, details and lighting is great. I think I will have to get me a ring flash before to long. ;)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-27 20:58]

Hello Alexei

A beautiful image of this hoverfly.The lighting gives the shot a wonderful effect.The POV and DOF are very good,and the sharpness and detail are excellent.The title is very fitting.TFS


Fantastic shot, no other words!

Superb work the detail and sharpness is awsome Alexei very well done wouldnt change a thing perfect rgds Necip.

Hello Alexei!
Today I decided to comment some of your macros ;)
This is really nice photo. Very good detials (not only the syrphid fly but also the flower), nice BG and good sharpness.
On the other hand I would suggest to rorate it (90o)in left ;)
Best regards,

This, Alexei, my friend is an awesome macro shot!
Truly a shot where we learn. Not just from your excellent Notes, but surely from this totally close-up macro!

I can't say I have EVER seen a hoverfly eye like that!
I keep looking at it! Dobri, dobri DOBRI. THANX!!!!!!! J.

PS Priceless Title!

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-02-18 9:44]

Hello Alexei,
What an impressive macro work from you!
Excellent detail and well composed with good lighting and colours.
Well done and TFS.

Alex, I have been seeing all your pictures for nearly half an hour now. They are all as amazing as this one. I also liked the way you write notes. Your sense of humour, good pictures, and technique makes us look forward to see more pics from you.

TFS, Regards, Kiran.

Hi Alexei,
I saw this on the TN homepage, really like it. Very creative title, adding great interest. And bees do have very specialized tasks right? I prefer the warm tones of the original...besides, fiber optics make things glow ;)

Hello Alexei,

Very sharp and beautiful close-up of this syrphid fly. I have never seen that the ocelli where red, or is it an effect of the flash? Wonderful shiny colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-11 19:44]

Hi Alexei,
I again go back to one of your earlier posts. Wow......simply outstanding macro and what a skilful use of flash lighting. Immaculate sharpness and details and the natural colour gives it a silvery shine whereas the warm lighting gives a goldish touch. Very beautiful and majestic pose captured. So much to learn everyday. Excellent composition. kudos.

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-07-14 20:05]

Hi Alexei,

Excellent macro shot, sharpness and the details. Very good DOF and warm lights. Thanks for your useful note. TFS!

Best wishes,

Hi Alexei,
What a perfect macro work! I'm greatly impressed by such a close observation of a hoverfly on a flower. Excellent composition and POV, superb sharpness and details. I love it, and tfs.

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