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Robber flies

Robber flies
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Copyright: Siavash Taravati (aisvash) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 22] (158)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-27 12:18
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Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sexual courtship of two robber flies (Genus: Heteropogon) - Photographed in a highly windy air with fluctuations. This picture is taken in one of those fluctuations when the wind calmed for 2-3 seconds.

Added information: The details of courtship as I saw in wild and asked a Asilidae specialist Fritz Geller-Grimm is as follow.
The female sits on a plant and the male hovers in front of her and moves toward and backward her. When each time get closed, They both lift their legs and show red marks on it to each other . This is a signal of being conspecific.

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welcome to tn!
really a great start with this
amazing shot!
sharp with fine pov
well done!

je me suis permis de faire un workshop bien que je trouve votre photo assez reussie,cela ne porte que sur l'aggrandissement des insectes.

This is a remarkable document, well observed and photographed. I think your subject deserves a little more emphasis, and I have posted a workshop with a different framing. I had not seen Laurent's WS when I made mine, but you will see we had more or less the same idea regarding it!
Welcome on TN, this is very good work, totally in tune with the theme of TN.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-27 13:48]

Hi Siavash,
This can be called a flying entry! Welcome to TN with this sexual courtship in the air. Awesome sharpness, pov, details and composition.
TFS, Jose M.

Hello Siavash,
Very good composition and rare documentation of mating behaviour! I really like this photo - it is not easy to take a good picture of Asilidae fly, but this one is really amazing! What a great timining!
Best regards,

salam Siavashe aziz,
excellent shot.
very nice moment capyured.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-27 15:54]
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Hello Siavash,
Great first photo on TN. I'm truly impressed by the composition, timing and exposure here. Keep it up!
Best wishes,

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-02-27 16:34]

Wow great timing in catching this. Wonderful colour, very shap and great POV.

Well done


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-28 3:29]

Hello Siavash,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS.

HI Siavash,
Fom thumbnail it looked a ordinary pic. But is o excellant capture. The second fly is actually flying and still you got excellant focus of it. The DOF is just perfect. Its a winner.



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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-02-28 10:03]

Welome to TN!
This is an excellent shot with a great moment captured and a very nice composition.
Best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-28 18:47]

Hello Siavash,
Fantastic capture. You caught them right in action. Very nice composition with great DOF, very nice light too and blurred background not distracting the viewer.
Best greetings,

Hello Siavash!
First of all, welcome to TN.
Secondly, I like the sound of your first name :-).
Thirdly, you have posted a great image by way of your debut on TN. You deserve great praise for it. It is an amazing snapshot.
All the best.

Exelente por la complejidad de la toma

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-01 9:24]

Excelente amigo Siavash,
original captura,
detalles excelentes...
genial composición, saludos

Hi again Siavash, splendid composition with great sharpness and lovely details, wonderful blurry BG, beautiful colors, welcome on TN, ciao Silvio
:) later

Very interesting shot Siavash, I like it..
Excellent DOF, sharpness, color, and light.
The courtship behaviour is well seen and documented in your notes.
Very well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-07 6:35]

Hello Siavash,
Superb capture of these two in flight. Excellent details and lovely colours. They look really good against the blurred background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Siavash,
very interesting shot with nice moment!

Best regards, Leonid

Hi, very nice picture. Thanks a lot.

Hi Siavash,
Great capture.Perfect POV.
I like this photo & i'm going to choose it as one of my favorite photos.

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