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A Strange World

A Strange World
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-09 8:36
Viewed: 2932
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Early on in the morning for me. A short and slightly painful walk took me across my road to the "infamous weed field" where I find the oddest things, mostly man-tossed. This morning I found this unknown fly sitting so very still upon the thistle down. since I am not a fly nor much of an insect imager, perhaps someone might clue me in as to what this is. I am assuming it let me get close because it was very cool in the AM and as bees, perhaps they are not quite as active. Under normal conditions I cannot get closer than 6 feet to a fly...although they will indeed sometimes come right up and surprise me...

As on all sort walks I carry a small point and shoot, this Leica is quite the machine with 16:9 and more...then close in I am always surprised...but it did cost a few bucks and has retained its value...

Leica in 4:3
ISO 100
Hand held
Manually Focused and Metered

nglen, Royaldevon, jaycee, tuslaw, vanderschelden, Alex99, uleko, Argus, jusninasirun, pankajbajpai, oscarromulus, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-09 8:43]

Hi Bob. This looks so much like a fly i put on just a few days ago and did not know the ID. well itdid not take to long before a good friend came up with a DEXIA Fly It looks about right to me. Anyway what ever its a fine close up with good detail and naturaul colour. I like the pose on the thistle.well done TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-09 8:48]

Hi Bob,another great pic,how to transorm the nature in art is your signature! Beautifull work,soft colors and perfects details,my best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hello Bob,

Yes, flies are like that! Most times you cannot get near them whilst other times you can almost touch them with the camera. I think stealth works well!

I thought at first that the fly had a punk hairdo! No! Just the detailed parachutes of the thistle!
I like the way you can clearly see how the fly is balancing on the dead thistle.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-09 9:04]

Hello Bob, Nice composition and good note. Your presentation is always good and you have the way to put the nature art. Ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-09 9:08]

Hi Bob,

You see much prettier things on your morning walks than I do. I did see three young roadrunners chasing each other but they were too fast for me to get a picture. Other than that it was brush, cactus and Quails. This fly probably wanted his photo taken because he matched the thistle down so well. This is very pretty - I like the soft colors and the wonderful textures.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-09 9:10]

Nice shot Bob,
To me a fly is a fly, so I can't help on the ID. I never realized how many different types of the same insect there are until I joined TN. I'm sure someone will be able to give you a positive identification though.
It's nice you have a weed field nearby, it seems to harbor a large assortment of subjects for you.
Rosie and I were up early this morning as we went down to IHOPS for breakfast. I'm not sure if I'll get out for some picture taking today or not. We have a 25th. anniversary party to go to later on this afternoon.
Thanks for sharing your images!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-09 9:29]

Hi Bob.
What a nice, refined work. Brilliant image of a very cute scene. Faded flowers create an amazing composition and crisp sharp and perfect detailed image of the fly is its decoration. Remote and nicely blurred BG is great for this well illuminated (by pleasant soft light) subject. Bravo. Well done. I also like note. My best wishes.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-09 10:18]

Hello Bob,
This is a lovely image of beautiful Thistle seeds with a small visitor! Excellent focus and fine details of the Fly and I love the light and the sharp details of the Thistle too. Lovely colours and the beautiful natural background makes it stand out very nicely. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-09 10:22]

Both the fly and the thistledown that it is on are fascinating but for me frustrating because I can't ID them.
Nevertheless the quality of the image is great with fine sharpness and the composition pleasing.
Thanks for sharing this interesting image and for your kind words on my second TN anniversary, Bob.
All the best,

This would be a nice image of just the thistles but the fly adds a nice focal point and it's color ties nicely to the background greens. Some of the small pocket cameras do an amazing jog... particularly macros. Sometimes I wonder why I lug around pounds and pounds of equipment.

Evelynn ; )

A very good surroundings, I would say bob.

Hello Bob. This is really good. Well placed fly and the flower in the frame. Sharp focus from Leica with very good silenced perspective.n Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

hello bob,
nice capture, your leica is still doing the job well for you, the thistle looke beautiful and the fly look sharp, nice composition,
tfs & regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-10 13:43]

Very good shot of the fly and the dead thistle Bob. Both are nice and sharp, good focus and colours too.
Well done

Bob, my dear friend,
Yes, it's not easy to approach a fly.
You were sooooooo lucky.
It looks like a common house fly; but then, what do I know???
Mario in a much WARMER Calgary with friendly greetings.

hello Bob

excellent nature shot with the insect and flower/plant,
fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and rich details,



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