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Dance flies.


Dance flies.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/22, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-21 13:44
Viewed: 3940
Points: 40
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Dance flies.

Empididae is a family of flies with over 3,000 described species occurring worldwide, but the majority are found in the Holarctic. They are mainly predatory flies like most of their relatives in the Empidoidea, and exhibit a wide range of forms but are generally small to medium sized, non-metallic and rather bristly.

Common names for members of this family are dagger flies (referring to the sharp piercing mouthparts of some species) and balloon flies. The term "dance flies" is sometimes used for this family too, but the dance flies proper, formerly included herein, are now considered a separate family Hybotidae.

Some Empididae, such as the European species Hilara maura, have an elaborate courtship ritual in which the male wraps a prey item in silk and presents it to the female to stimulate copulation. Empidid larvae are also largely predatory (although some are scavengers) and occupy a wide range of habitats, both aquatic and terrestrial.

Saludos
Luis52.

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Hola Luis,
Una macro de precisión! bue trabajo, con una luz sobria, se aprecia la fina graduación del flash. Buen POV para esta mosca, nada que decir del fondo, es perfecto!... gracias por la nota anexa, aquí he fotografiado varias similares pero no sabía que pertenecían a la familia Empididae. Gracias por compartir, que tengas muy buen fin de semana.
Jesús

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-21 14:10]

Hi Luis. This isa first class close up of this dance fly. Your sharp focusing shows every little detail. It stands out so well from the plin BG. Your use of the flash has given such natural colours. very well taken TFS.
Nick..

Hola Luis,
straordinaria nitidezza con incredibili dettagli, magnifici colori luminosi, eccellente il punto di ripresa per una splendida composizione con un buon effetto TD favorito da un ottimo sfondo neutro.
Grazie e complimenti
Buen fin de semana
Ciao Maurizio

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-21 17:11]

Olá.
Essa familia de moscas eu não conhecia.
Ótimo enquadramento, apropriada profundidade de campo e grande riqueza de detalhes.
Até a próxima.

hello Luis

this is a great macro shot of this insect with fine POV
and framing, superbly focused with great sharpness
and details, beautiful to see the wing shadow in the background,

TFS

Asbed

wow that is sharp. Great compo too.
how is that d700?

enjoy th WE
J

Woww... this one is definitely exceptional macro work MF Luis.
Very good use of the deep DOF to really focus in on bot the subject and twig where it stand on
TFS and have a nice day/WE!
Cheers,

Bayram

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-21 22:39]

Hola amigo,
Una macro fantástica de una especie de Empididae. Hay algunas especies de Empididae en Suecia también pero solamiente una es común.
Muy buena calidad y la luz de flash es perfecta. Puedo ver todos los detalles con muy buena nitidez en una agradable composición.
Gracias y tienes que un buen fin de semana,
Un abrazo fraternal,
Ivan

Well deserved 10/10 from me here, Luis! Great sharp capture, perfectly clean background and stuning detail! I have not seen those flies around Johannesburg! Good job indeed, my friend!
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-05-22 0:40]

Hola Luis,
espectacular trabajo amigo,gran composición.
La nitidez y los detalles lumínicos son exquisitos.
felicidades por este nuevo regalo,
un abrazo y recuerdos para todos.
saludos

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-22 2:07]

Hello Luis,
Fantastic macro in excellent sharpness and details. Great POV, natural colours, OOF BG and composition. Good use of flash.
Good weekend,
Peter

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-22 8:15]

Hello Luis
First class macro image. Excellent work!
Regards
Razvan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-22 9:50]

Hello Luis,
What an impressive macro of this little Dance Fly! Excllent sharpness and beautiful colours against a fine soft background. Very well done!!
TFS and ave a nice weekend, Ulla

hello Luis
this is SUPER MACRO of the first class
great details and good light with nice BG.
the colours are very good naturel and beautiful
greeting lou

Hello Luis,
Wonderful capture with nice colours and amazing details.
Very good composition.
Marius.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-23 17:58]

Hola My Brother,
Macro image with details to die for, my goodness Luis you could count the hairs on it's body. Superb work, thank you for sharing.
Rick

Un trabajo casi inmaculado: limpio fondo, pocos elementos que distraigan, fácil y efectivo encuadre, equilibrio en las formas del conjunto... un compendio de técnica, aunque lo que más me atrae es la gran ampliación y la nitidez conseguida.
De acuerdo con tus comentarios a mi última foto; llevaba la velicidad tan alta ya que estaba disparando al insecto en vuelo ( esas esecies hacen paradas en el aire ) y se posó y disparé con esa velocidad. De todas maneras hay algo que no se regular en mui equipo o algo va mal, se nota en los colores de mis últimas fotografías: muy mates o virando al blanquecino. El hecho es que ayer la cámara dijo basta y algo se rompió internamente: dispara como si se arrastrara el obturador, así como un crarrrkkkchhh :-)
La garantía me la cubre esta vez pero creo que voy a volver a un modelo más básico en un futuro ya que conseguía los mismos resultados.

Un abrazo.

Hello Luis,

This is a superb macro shot. The focus is perfect, showing extensive, sharp detail, and the exposure is just right too. The out-of-focus background really focuses attention on the subject.

John

Very nice details in this macro. f22 worked out pretty nice for this little subject of yours. Well done. :)

I almost got the D700 but I decided to hold back a bit for the next model possibly. I also use a 60mm MN 2.8 and I'm guessing you cropped into the picture a bit and was wondering by how much? Cheers

Lovely macro work sir... :-)

First class sharpness, POV and lighting.. :-)

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