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Fly Mate

Fly Mate
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Copyright: Chi Liu (chiliu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Sigma 72mm MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Macros, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Nature's cutest, Trentaure at its Best, my favorite TN choices, Outstanding [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-23 2:04
Viewed: 10881
Favorites: 20 [view]
Points: 162
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
# Two Hoverflies mating in the air.

#They are approximately 1cm long and have large eyes.

# They have a swift, darting flight and can often be seen hovering in the air.

# Their wings beating so fast they can not be seen by the human eyes.

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Hi Chi,
This is STUNNING! How on earth did you capture this one? Great framing and a beautifully smooth background.Well done!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-01-23 2:25]

AWESOME SHOT!!!Excellent macro&love the bokeh.TFS!!!

my goodness, I've got no words. What a phantastic shot! Thank you!

WOW. What a fantastic shot.

The detail is amazing. The DOF and POV is PERFECT.


Hi Chi,
A mating couple in the air, this is great.
The composition, POV and detials are very good.
I like the POV and the DOF too.
Stunning work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-23 3:39]

Hello Chi!
I like in-flight macros a lot and this one is amazing.
Details,POV,solid bodies,motion effect on wings,colors,
blurred BG and framing are excellent.TFS...:-)

Awesome capture Chi! the DOF really isolates the 2 hover lovers very effectively, the details in this action shot are fantastic. :)

Mile High Club, baby !

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-23 3:54]

Well caught Chi, this an amazing capture in fly!! We can see that the femeale is at rest!! Poor male!! I my favorit list. Congratulations Didier.

Hi Chi

Nice shot. Lovely composition. Good light and POV. Good exposure and colours. Crisp, clear and sharp. Nice work. Thanks.

Hi Chi,
it's marvelous - wow - what a perfect moment!
Only the upper fly is flying - the wing of the other is so sharp, as everything in this shot.
That's your shot of the year, I guess, I've never seen such a spectacular post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-01-23 4:17]

Excellent in-flight double Chi!
Superb detail.
Wow factor 10/10!
Well done.


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-23 4:46]

Now isn't that clever and talented...;-)
I'm talking about the Hoverflies Chi...;-))
But, I reckon the same can easily be said about your photographic ability...;-)))
Very nice! Excellent job!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-23 5:19]

Wooooooooow ! What an outstanding and interesting action shot that you have very well done ! Incredible sharpness for this kind of capture. Congratulations Chi and thanks for sharing.

Wow! Amazing! An incredible shot, great detail.
Thanks for posting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-23 5:39]

I don't know what to say, Chi. This shot is world top class! Perfection in every inch!!!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-23 5:51]

Increbible shot!
Fantstic job!
A picture that worths more then a thousand words!

Hello Chi Liu,
This may be the best "paired" inflight I've ever seen. I made a few attempts at this when I saw it, but no luck. They seem to hover more and present a slightly easier target when paired..
Awesome..Very well done.
Thank You!

Absolutely Stunning image. Good POV, Comp, DOF and excellent detail in this pic. This is a definite winner in my book! TFS, Sheriff

Hi, Chi.
This is certainly a top shot. It's very difficult to get with high quality, but you have succeeded here very well. Sharpness, colors, details - all are ok. Nice background. Excellent work.

Great image Chi Liu ...

Very good details ... amazing for this type of pictures !

Wow !

Thanks for sharing !

This is an extremely difficult to take shot. But you did it like a real master.
One more thing I should say: Love is in the air.

Regards, Petru

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-01-23 9:57]

What a shot Chi! It is very impressive. The colors, the contrasts, the sharpness, the focus and the Dof are just perfects. Well done

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-23 10:02]

Magnificent! Once in a lifetime shot.

Very well captured, looks like the male is doing all the hard work "as usual" ;-) flapping his wings while she looks a little relaxed.

Very good close up and very clear and sharp details.


A one in a million shot, Chi Liu! Congratulations!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-23 12:10]

Wow, Chi, this is really incredible.

Congratulations on such a nice image.

Excellent moment, great picture.


A very stunning capture it is well seen and intresting that she leaves all the flying to him. superb detail and OOF BG to make them stand out.
The only thing need is a note explaining how you achived the shot, as I suspect many off us here would love to try such a capture for them selves.
Yours Robert

great shot, macro, details, composition, colours!

Fantástico Chi,
perfeita, sem comentários!
Nitidez, cores, luz, detalhes, fundo, tudo está excelente!!!


Hi Chi,
This is one of the coolest photos I have scene! Just outstanding. Everything is great.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-01-24 2:35]

Hi Chi,
fantastic masters shot, very good capture. I like it a lot. Friends all told You. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

very interesting photo.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-24 4:30]

Absolutely amazing shot, don't know how you did it but it is an absolutely amazing capture, evrything is outstanding, the composition, the detail, colours, POV, focus amazing. Oh yes did I say it's an amzing shot. TFS.

Hi Chi
This is absolutely stunning - love it, have nothing like it, WEll done! and TFS
Give new insight into flying united.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-24 7:42]

Une superbe prise.


Merci Chi.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-24 15:36]

Hello Chi, great capture. Lovely details for the type of shot. Excellent work.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-01-24 17:33]

Hi Chi,



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-25 16:05]

Excellent. Amazing!
Thank you, Liu.
Sorry, I have no time these days to write complete comments.

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-01-25 18:45]

Absolutely staggering shot. Worth a thousand words (and more..).
Very well done, and congratulations on your patience and skill.

I am in agreement with the others' comments on this one Chi.

Skillfully and perfectly captured.

Thank you!

Unbelievable! This is a moment to treasure. Exceptional craftmanship with this shot.

Hi Chi.
Unfortunately I dont spend much time in TN as I would like.
Today I rushed in and found this: I will only say this is a pleasure to look at. A fav. Congratulations and TFS!!!!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-26 21:21]



That is a STUNNING capture! Really amazing! I'm so impressed! Great POV and colors, nice BG and wonderful details. Congratulations!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-01-27 17:11]

Hi Chi
Brilliant mid-flight capture. The details are excellent. It's great how one set of wings is moving and the other is still.
Regards Toni

This is excellent!
Everything have been said already so I'll just say that I like it a lot.
Superb work!

Hi Chi,
I'm still very busy, so have no time for a longer visit to TN.
Very good capture, and as always good deatils, colours, sharpness and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.


Stunning, fantastic, great picture.
This is the best action picture i have seen on insects!

WOW congrats for a great picture

Goutham R

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-02-06 22:39]

Excelent capture, Chi Liu! Nice sharpness, colours and details! Amazing scene well captured from the nature! Congratulations!

hi chi
formidable photo
on voit les ailes du male battre pour porter sa partenaire,c'est genial.

Hi Chi,
Wonderful, awesome, perfect, amaizing, phantastic, etc... I don´t find the correct word, or maybe I must choose all of them.
thank you very much

Hello Chi!
WOOOWW!...What a shot Chi!I think this is an extremely difficult.Wonderful close up. Colors, lighting, sharpness, POV, clear details and framing and are very good.

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  • Djozz Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 13] (360)
  • [2006-02-11 10:38]

I've read all the previous comment. Eveything has been said already. I only can add a Wooooow !!! I'd just want to know how much time did you invest to capture this awesome picture ? Greetz Djozz

Oh my! How lucky were you to get this shot?! I've tried flying hoverflies and they are extremely difficult!
An amazing result! Virtually perfect DOF. Shame we couldn't freeze the wings but I suppose that would be impossible without compromising the DOF.
Well done

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-03-23 19:36]

Hello Chi,
What a great timing you had for this PERFECT picture. Congratulations, Donald.

only with magic can do this!

incredible shot, fantastic very very good

Amazing truly amazing! This is a 1:1000000 shot.

That is a shot .. wow ... color, capture, pov, very well done.


Amazing details colors, contrasts, sharpness, the focus and the Dof are just perfects. Well done. Eyal

Hola Chi Liu.No se que decir sobre esta imagen:"Genial".El momento es irrepetible.Tu pagina esta llena de sabiduria y tecnica.Gracias.

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  • LegaL Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (301)
  • [2006-05-20 7:52]

ahaha this is amazing. Great work

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-06-23 11:08]

so fificilbut so nice, really freat shot. regards

Hi Chi, I really didn't know this was here, what a wonderful shot! I can't believe you managed to capture two of these mating in flight, quite incredible. It's so sharp and detailed. Ok, I'm officially speechless ;)

WOW...amazing shot...no comment...it`s perfect...TFS

Que maravilha de foto,Chi!Fantastic! Be happy to make so great shot!! Thanks for sharing!

Hi Chi,
I loved your bat images but I missed this one - it is incredible!
I am amazed how could you get such a good capture of these fast moving insects.
Amazing work!
TFS - Shir

Hi Chi,
Unbelievable shot...
Never seen...

Just a superbly stunning shot Chi.

Couldn't get any better.

well done

wow, amazing unusual capture, TFS Ori

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-02-21 21:47]

Woow! Quč gran captura Chi Lui. Has logrado captar con maestrěa un gran momento y nosotros hemos tenido la fortuna de verlo. ˇGracias por compartir tus maravillosas fotos!

Chi Liu,


Mario from Canada.

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  • cvb (8)
  • [2008-01-17 1:36]

Hi Chi,

Unbelievable shot...
Fantastic, how is it possible, a fast moving object so sharp in a macroshot !!!


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-13 8:24]

hello Chi
really its wonderful capture and its my favorite
dynamic composition, POV, timing, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

charming capture

This is an excellent capture in every aspect, very well done!!!

Awww, wow, I can't describe what I felt whe I saw this ...wonderful picture!

An amazing macro, Excellent work. Val

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  • Misty Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (97)
  • [2009-02-19 12:59]

what a shot, saw this and said omg this is fanatics

Dear Chi,
Excellent shot...

Hi Chi,very nice capture,congrat.TFS

Hi Chi,

Appropriate title and amazing shot. Just one word to describe my feelings...WoW!

Thank you for sharing.


Excellent close-up photo!!!

Nothing short of a spectabular photo! An interesting side note: the male is superior and his wings are beating for all they are worth. The lower (with a more robust abdomen ... for egg development) female has likely slowed her wing beat substantially during copulation or all together stopped them. The male also has his tarsal claws embedded in the face of the female! I have to know ... were they hovering in a stationary position when you captured this amazing action photo? AND were they suspended over some type of blossoms?

TFS, Mike


There is no words.
Thanks for sharing.

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