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Marmalade 2

Marmalade 2
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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: 2004-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/240 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-06 18:29
Viewed: 4913
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The last of my Marmalade Hoverfly postings!I need to get out more but I work from home and this has been one of my busiest weeks but I do get time to rest in the garden and study what is happening there.The butterflies and other insects have been too quick for me this week.

The Gladioli flowers had just opened this morning and these were probably the first visitors before the bees.I was actually focused and shooting the first one when the second suddenly appeared in the frame!
ISO 160
Sharpened USM 90%
sharpened edges

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Very nice picture where the colors are perfect and I like very much the fly flying! Well done!

LOL, I thought you'd been standing outside our house taking photographs! We have a gladiolus identical to this, directly in front of a brick wall too :) Excellent timing to get both in the frame. My only thought is that maybe the edge sharpening is a little too aggressive, since there are haloes forming around the legs of the stationary hoverfly... Nicely captured :-D

Very nice moment captured here. There colours are exciting. Detail sharp. Very nice work.

Very nice picture.
Very good colors, very sharp.
Well done.

They are lovely Andy,
Very good capture, great composition, and a fantastic colours too, very good job you did

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-07 3:19]

A colourful image here, lovely with this two bees, well seen Andy.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-07 4:30]

Another good one Andy, superb detail and colour. Great work as usual.

Very good catch of this two little creatures 'attacking' the beautiful flower.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-07 7:14]

Hermosa composicion Andy... no tanto por la definicion de las abejas, sino por el entorno general.
Bellos colores, atinado DOF y encuadre (creo que una velocidad mayor, hubiera convenido).
Buen trabajo!

Beautiful composition Andy... not as much by the definition of the bees, but by the general environment.
Beautiful colors, accurate DOF and frame (I believe that a greater speed, had agreed).
Good job!

Great one, Andy. A lovely color setting and a fine composition in which I like that one hoverfly is seen against the blossom, whereas the other one is, well, hovering. Well done.

Serendepity! At its best nicely caught, this is one SWEET shot, Andy!

One nice capture of these two, lucky to get both sharp with just F-4 ;-) Good light and colours.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-07 12:22]

Great colors for this shot!
Good composition and DOF, very well made.

P.S.: These are Episyrphus balteatus.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2004-08-25 16:32]

Great composition, nice that you managed to catch both one flying and one standing on the flower. Good colors to.

I do enjoy looking at your hoverfly images and to have two in a well composed frame is great to see. I would say that many of your images look a little "digital" - it may be because of a little over sharpening

They are so delicate, very sharp and clear, very nice!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-18 11:41]

Andy, congratulations on this. A very nice shot. And I'm surprised about the speed: I wouldn't say 1/240 would be enough to give the flying insect sharpness enough - but it has a great sharpness too.

Great job.


well timed capture! getting one in focus is already tough, but to get both is simply incredible!

hello:) really nice and interesting photo with lovely colours and great DOF and POV:) I like compo here:)

great job:)


Have a nice evening:)


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