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Yellow Dung Fly

Yellow Dung Fly
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-03-16 5:15
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow Dung Fly
Scathophaga stercoraria

I found this shot of a Yellow Dung fly in my archives from last year.The DOF is shallow,it had a lot of noise in the background and as for composition,I'm not sure (the wing has been cut for a start!).
I still like it and thought it was worth saving.
I cleaned up the noise and cloned out an area at the front which was bright white.
The shot was taken in low light,in a shady corner of our garden.
ISO 400
Metering mode-Pattern
F-stop f/6.3

Some brief info on this insect...

The larvae of these flies burrow into and feed on dung and rotting plant material before pupating in the soil. They are very similar in appearance to some of the Muscid house flies. Adults are predaceous feeding on other flies and insects with the help of a piercing proboscis.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-16 5:34]

Hello Andy!

Good shot. Maybe not your best, but still very interesting macro. I like pose of this small insect, its big eyes and very detailed body. DOF is ok for this kind of photo in my opinion. Maybe not beautifull but still very interesting/ :-) And you wrote about your archives - we're all waiting for Spring...

Hello Andy,
Very interesting shot. Maybe I could pick some nits, but not too many. As for the framing. The fly pose is strange and the fly itself looks that way, so I think maybe it would be worth to emphasize it and frame the picture very tight and in a vertical way.
Anyway, well done on this one!

Great macro shot Andy, great sharpness, details and clarity, very nice DOF too! This is a great composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-16 6:40]

Hello Andy, amazing macro!! with a lot of details and a splendid composition, very well done. In my favorit list. Congratulations Didier.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-03-16 6:44]

Nice detail Andy. Perfect sharpness and colors.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-03-16 6:52]

hello andy, i like very much this macro. the details are very good. is not a complete shot of the insect, but a wonderful close up of the face. so well done, gabriel

Hi Andy ,
What a great close up. Marvelous macro. I like POV, good details, nice colors, sharpness and framing very much. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

Hi Andy,
Well worth saving! Although it could have used more DOF, it appears to have been hand held so this was probably necessary. I think the colors and detail are excellent in the head area. Beautiful OOF backround!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-16 7:11]

Bonjour Andy,

Belle prise macro,félicitations pour les couleurs et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie!


Wow, superb macro shot, Andy!
Incredible details and sharpness, excellent POV and good DOF,
great colours and very good composition.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Andy,
Great Macro shot. Excellent details color, great work. TFS. Kyle

A nice one, in spite of the defects you point out. Maybe a really close crop would have given it more impact ? See the WS I posted to try and illustreate the point...

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-16 12:03]

Privet Andy.
The pose of model and magnificent quality of a photo allows to consider this fly better. Good details. A magnificent macrophoto.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-16 13:08]

Hello Andy , What a great macro photo ,the fly ar beautiful
good details his pose the colours very nice ,Greetings Teunie ,TFS >

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-16 13:22]

Hi Andy,
A nice shot, I think sometimes a shallow DOF works well, it may mean that the shot is not technically perfect but I think it adds depth and interest, and it works very well here. I was never one for rules :-) I like the POV, and detail/colours are excellent. Good note too, a great post.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-16 14:14]

fantastic Andy,
I realy like the composition, the pov and the dof are both fantastic, well the quality is good and I live the good job here, well done,
gr. Jaap

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-16 16:26]

Incredible Andy!
Awesome macro!
Planty of details!
Very good job!
5* and TFS!

Hi Andy, excellent photo with a lot of detail. My only comment is the sharpness could have been much better with a bigger f/stop. Still a better than just good photo.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-17 5:22]

Hello Andy!
Magnificent close up.Details,POV,sharpness,DOF you managed,simple BG,
framing,lighting and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-17 10:50]

Great macro Andy, very impressive with the 60mm macro. Good work.


Hello Andy!
WOW! Perfect macro! Excellent details, sharpenes, colors and POV! Perfect work!

Amazing details Andy! Great close up, excellent sharpness and beautiful blurred background. Thanks for sharing!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-18 5:16]

Hello Andy,
Very good macro,
Great colours, excellent details and composition
Well done

Excellent macro Andy,
Very good light, color, sharpness and exposure with excellent use of F6.3
I like the POV, Very well done.

Hej Andy!
Mucha wielka. Jakby ziewala mozna by jej do gardla zajrzec. Gratuluje

Wow Andy,
What a sharp picture and a great perspective.
Excellent Composition, colors ,DOF and good POV
The picture
Goutham R

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-20 1:45]

Nice Yellow Dung Fly Andy. A superb macro shot of it, showing us all his hairs and horrible little bits. Great catch, well done,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-20 20:19]
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Hi Andy
Very impressive dung fly. Wow, I never thought that I would ever say something like this. I think I will steer clear from any nit picking as you have done enough yourself (chuckle).
The angle of your POV in itself makes this a very interesting composition. The colours are marvellous. The DOF is pretty adequate with lots of details. BG is great and exposure was well managed.
Good work and TFS.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2006-03-21 7:34]

Hello Andy!
Wonderful macro.POV,DOF,BG and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Amazing macro Andy!
Very well framed and composed.POV,sharpness and details are
also perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-21 13:31]

Hello Andy, interesting view of this fly. I think it could do with a little more contrast and maybe saturation. Nice sharp image and good composition. Well done.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-22 1:52]

Hi Andy.
Great shot macro, interesant details with good colors, nice composition.


Hi Andy,
amazingly clear details emerging very well focussed.
A dungfly looking like a beasty rock star on stage.
Exciting, very dynamic composition.
Thanks, and best regards,

Can't say he is a cute fella, but excellent detail, nice macro work.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-25 14:34]

Andy, this is very nice. A beautiful macro with excellent sharpness, lighting and composition.

I like pov and contrast too.


Good macro Andy,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

hi andy
parfait,tout est bon sur ce cliché,netteté couleurs etc...

Hello Andy,
perfect work, amazing macro!

Best regards, Leonid

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