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Female Black and Yellow Crane fly

Female Black and Yellow Crane fly
Photo Information
Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/8 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-15 18:42
Viewed: 3955
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Seen this evening in the garden at home. this Female Black and Yellow Crane fly (Nephrotoma maculosa) also known as a "Daddy-Long-legs" was attempting to lay her eggs into a piece of fibre matting which I stand a few plants on a shelf in the garden, the matting is supposed to retail water so is damp a lot of the time and these days is covered with a lot of mossy bits.
Any way it was late evening and the sun was on the other side of the fence so it was fairly dark, so she thought it was a good time to start laying, this is normally done down amongst grass so you do not get to see it, as she injects her eggs into the surface. These eggs will develop into a 25mm /1 ins long grey maggot better known as a "Leather Jacket" and are normally considered a pest of Turf / Grass because they eat the roots off, and if you get enough in your lawn you get dead patches.
Shadows and highlights
sharpen via Mode> Lab colour > channels > USM >RGB
crop to size 28.22 cm wide @72dpi
Save As ( to preserve the ex-if data)and adjust to below 200k max for TN
and hope you like this unusual view

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Good capture Rob,
very sharp and clear detail. As you say, a very unusual view.
Good colours and notes.
Thanks for posting

Superb shot! I have one good picture of a Crane Fly but nothing this nice. Photographs like this are why I love TN.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-16 2:43]

Hard to capture, not very cute but very interesting insect. Sharpness, DOF and composition are good, I also like your note Robert. Perfect shot as for 1/8!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-16 17:53]

Nice capture Rob, you did a great job to get one in the process of laying eggs. Very nice composition - these flies are in some ways a photographic nightmare to get them all in and I think you did a very good job.

Well, this has got to be "Mummy-Long-Legs" then ;-)
Possibly the best details on a crane fly that I've ever seen. Nice one.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-18 19:42]

Excellent captured Robert, great DOF and details.. even thought the sun is not on your site, the lighting is good. Well done, thanks for sharing

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