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Black & White is always best

Black & White is always best
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-19
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-04 2:43
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw this fly at the Lal Bagh Gardern in Bangalore. Such a superb eye with fast moving was not easy to shoot.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae
Genus: Dolichovespula
Species: D. maculata

Dolichovespula maculata is a North American insect which, despite commonly being called the bald-faced hornet (or white-faced hornet), is not a true hornet at all. It belongs to a genus of wasps called yellowjackets in North America, and is more distantly related to true hornets like the Asian giant hornet or European hornet, but the term "hornet" is often used colloquially to refer to any vespine with an exposed aerial nest.

Edited in Photoshop
Focal 180mm
ISO 400


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To pankajbajpai: black &white is always bestgannu 1 09-04 09:07
To Mana: black &white is always bestgannu 1 09-04 09:06
To joey: black &white is always bestgannu 2 09-04 03:44
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Hi Friend,
A nice capture of this strange looking fly. I have also captured the same species here but still looking for the ID. Anyway a nice and clear capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-04 3:11]
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Hi Ganesh,
in my opinion, this is one of your best posts.
Very sharp with excellent detail.
Beautiful, vivid colours.
Excellent DOF and BG.
Superb POV and composition.
I disagree with Lana, I think the frame is perfect, highlighting the black of the bee.
Very well done,

Hi Ganesh, wonderfull macro-shot with a perfect focus, great details and superb colors very well satured, lovely pose of this honey bee and very nice composition,
well done,

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  • Slana (42)
  • [2007-09-04 3:35]
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Nice, very nice. I've never seen such bee before.
Good composition and POV. But I would change the frame.

quelle magnifique présentation, tout est bon, les couleurs bien nettes et agréables, bons détails, excellent travail, merci a toi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-04 4:43]

Hello Ganesh,
This is a real beauty!
This is a kind of bee but not the honey kind, a species new to me. The central composition works well here because of the flower. Excellent sharpness, details and colours, the black and white of the bee contrasting well with the colours of the flower.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Ganesh,
a nice picture of a B/W bee, but can't help with ID.
It's maybe a bit bright but good sharpness and fine details.
Well composed even if it's a bit tight above.
Well done.

Hi Gannu,
Very nice capture.Wonderful colors.

Definitely B&W rocks over color!!!


Absolutely great! Very bright colors, very close, and very sharp. Amazing job.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-04 6:44]

Hello Ganesh
What a beautiful image.It is perfectely sharp , colors and detaisl are just outstanding.
TFS Michel

hello ganesan,

i am so pleased to see this beautiful macro from you, this is a very good shot, i liked the saturated colours of the flower and the sharpness of the insect very much, i can surely say that this one is your better macro shot posted so far on tn,

regarding the composition i would have preferred some more space left above the insect, anyway a very impressive macro,

well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-04 8:07]
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Hi Narayan,
Great shot with lovely colours and sharp details. Superb lighting and you have captured a fine pose here on the beautiful flower. This fly really looks gorgeous, I also had a shot posted a few days back of the same one, unfortunately the ID is yet to be confirmed. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Narayanan
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great details,lighting and BG,Welldone.


Hi Ganesh.
This is a very good macro with good DOF and sharpness! The colors are pleasing and the eyes of the fly and the details on the fly is amazing

I certainly have never seen one. Perhaps this is why this one looks simply so sharp. The flora adds to the picture in a synergistic way. Very nice Ganesh!

bonjour naranayan
la fleur je pense l'avoir deja vu mais ce n'est pas le cas de cette jolie abeille ou guepe,tres belles couleurs et bonne netteté.
dommage pour le petit bout d'aile coupé.

Hi Narayanan,
your recent posts usually colorful like this. It is very nice shot. nice details, colors, composition. good notes. thanks
best wishes

Hi Ganesh,
You acheived good focus detail of this bee and center of flower.
Nicely composed though a bit close crop for the bee wing.
Colors are fantastic.

hi friend,
Great details, this is so close it's almost scary!
Good point of view!
Lovely colours in a fine composition! Take care Ana:)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-04 20:44]

Hello Ganesh

Super capture of this interesting wasp.The colours are wonderful.

Just marking the post for now.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-05 0:59]

Hi Ganesh.
My congratulations on so wonderful and skillfully done shot. Amazing scene, excellent sharpness of the image and selected DOF, colours are stunning. Composition is blameless. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Narayanan,
A beautiful colorful photo with awesome details and exposure. I've never seen this fly before, and I find its color very interesting. I am used to the yellow and black, but never seen a white and black. A very cool photo where you captured the insect in a wonderful pose.

Hola Narayan,
Preciosa composición, de este bonito curioso ejemplar, bellos colores, excelente luz y definición, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

A well composed macro job.

hai ganesh ji,
seeing this species for the first time!! perfect shot sir,...

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-03 5:41]

Hello narayanan,
excellent composition with bright flower as the background. Indeed the bee poses a good contrast to it. the sharpness and clarity push the subject better and stands out clearly.
nice composition.


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