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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe, Pentaxfriend's favorites, Alex99's favorite shots, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12), Best of Canon 400D, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-28 11:23
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Robberflies always reminded me futuristic cops from sf movies. With their black and shiny uniforms and ability to fast and strong reaction. This one is good example - wearing spiky, dark, modern armour, it's waiting for its prey. Unfortunately I didn't saw this robberfly with prey - some stupid visitors of Botanic Garden frightened it away and it was gone somewhere between bushes. Anyway I took opportunity and shot few pictures of this amazing creature. I tried to ID it with my Collins but without success.

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Hello Greg,
Very recognizable. I'm busy photographing in a zoo and then there's a visitor, walking towards the subject: " What is he photographing...?" Subject gone...
I wonder if you used flash here?
Well composed.

Hi Greg,

Excellent compo, colors, POV, BG and frame
Perfect sharp details

TFS Thijs

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-28 11:59]

Hello Greg,
I tried to look up the ID off this Robberfly but there are so many similar-looking species that it is very difficult.
This macro is so sharp and detailed that it should be possible for an expert. Nice POV and composition and good use of ambient light.

Hello Grzegorz,
Thanks for this humorous post and this amazing shot. Composition and sharpness are perfect! Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-28 12:27]

Hi Greg . This is a first class close up of the Robberfly . Your focusing is spot on with fine detail . You have taken it with a good pose on the single dry grass against a plain BG. natural colours . top marks for top work. That sigma is tiring out some excellent pictures it makes you wonder if a macro lens would make any difference.
I am puting this into my Favorite file,
well done TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-28 14:12]

Hi Greg
Wow beautiful macro.Razor sharp image with fantastic detail.Beautiful OOF BG
TFS Michel

Cześć Grzegorz,

niesamowite wręcz detale i bardzo dobre światło. dobrze działająca prosta kompozycja, dobre jednolite tło nie rozpraszające szczegółów owada.


Stunning detail. Spot-on composition, exposure and focusing. Wish I could produce these kinds of results! You're all so good on this site!

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-07-28 16:01]

Neat photo. Love the lighting. Gary

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-28 16:12]

Hi Greg,

A fantastic macro of this Robberfly. He really does look straight out of a sci fi picture. Colors, details, and textures are all marvelous. I love the background and the diagonal composition.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-07-28 20:13]

Hello Grzegorz,

You photo is amaisng as the image is extreamly sharp showing even the smallest details. The blury background enhaces this feeling and its colors suits very well with the main subject.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-28 22:44]

Hi Grzegorz.
Fantastic close-up picture. Subject, composition and quality are outstanding. POV and framing are terrific. Details and sharpness of the robber fly and stem are ultimate. BG, its colouration and smoothness are wonderful. Bravo. Well done.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-29 1:08]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Wspaniale z niesamowita perfekcja i dokladnoscia i doskonalym tlem sfotografowana mucha.Przepiekne naturalne kolory.
Gratulacje Siggi

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-29 1:19]

Hello Greg, Just fantastic and superb shot. Perfect size and shape and focus. Great sharpness. Good work. Ganesh

What an apt comparison you have made for this Robocop look-alike Robberfly, Greg!
The fellow looks formidable and powerful.
You have again produced a macro with your 70-300mm that defies logic. Why can't I take a picture like that with the same lens? But then Ram is not Greg, and vice versa :).
Great image, my friend.

Witam ponownie!
I ponownie cos z identyfikacja powalczymy ;) Jak dla mnie ten gatunek wyglada na przedstawiciela rodzaju Machimus, ale jest tego 3 sztuki w Polsce i to juz nie jest takie proste :)
Swoja droga bardzo ladna fotka :)
Pozdwolilem sobie na dodanie zdjecia do tematuu lowiki swiata :)

Ciao Grzegorz, great macro with fantastic details, splendid blurry BG and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-29 11:25]

hi Grzegorz
simplement exceptionnel, une image de grande qualité dans les détails, le bg parfaitement flou d'une couleur unie.
ps : oui une pose sur les coccinelles, je pense que les membres se lassent de les voir.


Doskonałe makro!!! Wzorowe :)BDB ostrość, kadr i piękne, naturalne kolory.
Z jaką przesłoną robiłeś?
Pozdrawiam Małgosia

Hi Greg,
A fine close-up capture of a robberfly with excellent sharpness and lighting
TFS my friend,
Greetings from Cyprus,


Hi Greg

Excellent result, robberfly ID is tough, never mind its still a great shot. Excellent sharpness, POV, DOF and background. And of course great composition.


Futuristic cops! I agree, for the shiny abdomen segments and those eyes...Very very beautiful capture. TFS

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