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Lucilia caesar

Lucilia caesar
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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: 2006-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-07 2:04
Viewed: 5190
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lucilia caesar

This Greenbottle fly was feeding on the same white flowers in our garden which are also home to Crab spiders. One day this fly may make a fatal mistake and visit the wrong flower!

This fly belongs to the Calliphoridae family and is bluish green to emerald, often becoming coppery with age. The eyes are bare and the jowls silvery. The 4th long vein in the wing is sharply bent, and the size varies. It is found on dung, carrion and flowers everywhere, but not often found indoors. The larvae can sometimes be found in wounds on sheep and other animals.

In photoshop CS2:
Cropped and sharpened USM 200%,radius 0. 3 pixels and threshold at 1 level.
Blur tool used on the background to help reduce noise.

Thanks for looking, have a great day.

red45, TAZ, thistle, loot, dew77, ddg, ellis49, aido, jmp, eruyanik, firelord, Oz1, marhowie, RII, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-07 2:07]

Hi Andy!
Fat and shinning. Very detailed and well composed with white petals. Good POV. Common fly, but on your photo looks almost beautifull :-)

Hello Andy,
Lovely shot! First of all, perfect exposure both on fly and white flower. The POV and framing are superb. Details are razor sharp, you have great DOF too.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-07 3:27]

Hi Andy
Excellent macro. The exposure is superb on this white flower decorated with the 'lovely' (huh, did I just say that) fly. You managed to display some brilliant contrast in the various shades of white.
The composition is great, the colours are stunning, and the detail are very sharp.
Very good work and TFS.

Foto superba, nitidezza e contrasto eccellenti.


Hi Andy, what a macro pic!!
Really detailed and sharp.
Excellent white balanced.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-07 4:10]

Another wonderful macro from Andy and his 60mm ! Here a fly becomes beautiful. Good exposure of whites. Great sharpness on the insect with many details. Interesting note too.
Congratulations Andy and thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-07 5:27]

Hello Andy,
Very nice capture.POV,details,colors,lighting and composition are wonderful.Have a great day too!

Hi Andy,
a great close-up from your hand. I bought the same lens so now I have to see if I can one like this.
Well composed and exposed. Nice handle with the fill-in flash.
The details and DOF are very good.
Excellent work.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-07 6:44]

Hello Andy , what a great macro-shot!! Excellent composition and very good colors and light, very well done, Didier.

bonjour andy
magnifique ,la netteté est impeccable avec egalement de bons details.bien vu;

Hi Andy,
Excellent macro shot! Your fill flash exposure is spot on here. You kept good color and detail in the whites, and captured every bit of color and detail possible in the fly. This one rocks! Well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-07 9:34]

Hi Andy,
Wow, excellent macro! I'm going to have to get myself a macro lens. Fantastic detail on the Greenbottle, beautifully framed against the pure white flowers. Excellent DOF and beautiful soft light. Great work on the BG, I wouldn't have noticed without reading your note, and I still see no evidence in the shot. Great work.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-07 12:16]

Hi Andy,
Masterpiece macro! Details, colors and reflextion in the fly can't be better! Composition es very good for the distribution of subjects and equilibrium. Very good shot!
TFS, José M.

Hi Andy,
it's perfect - what else could I say - the sharpness, the light - so brilliant - you can be proud of it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Splendide...Bravo !

Wow! Andy, great pose of the green bottle! Very nice colours and the details on the fly! I like the pov and framing a lot! Again, perfect use of flash with white flowers as a hard colour for flash! Interesting and the different bg also. Thank you!

Brilliant sharpness and excellent exposure.
Good composition and POV.
A very good shot.

Superb capture Andy.
I think the white flower helps greatly here, to make the subject stand-out nicely..
Excellent sharp detail, light, DOF, POV, and colors...Well composed,
Very well done!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-20 3:30]

Hi Andy.
Wonderful macro, fantastic details ,sharpness, colors and contrast, very nice composition, excellent capture, good note.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-06-20 4:33]

Hi Andy.
The fly is superb. It is out of critique. But the flower is excellent too. If to imagine this picture without the protagonist, it is possible to see a matchless art composition in a light tonality in which thin reflection of shades of white colour, sharpness and DOF admires. My congratulations.

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