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Insect from Hell!

Insect from Hell!
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-17 0:25
Viewed: 4389
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
How's everyone been? I really miss this place and so thought I'd upload something.

Here's a Horse Fly posing on a bottle of Ginger Beer :)
I took this while camping in the New Forest earlier in the year and was amazed at the colours in the eyes when I got in close! This fly is beautiful and horrible at the same time! :)

I hope you like this one :)

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Ciao Joe, nice see you again on TN, impressive portrait with amazing details of multiple eyes, superb macro my friend, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

very good macro..

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-17 0:59]

Wonderful macro!
Great details and colors.

Hi Joe:)) nice to see you come back again. We also missed you Owlman:)!.
Congratts on this extraordinarily beautiful and expertly taken macro from frontal side of a horse fly. The structure of the compound eyes are greatly visible..
TFS and have a great WE mate!


Hi Joe,
Congratulations with your two page coverage in Practical Photography. It was fun to read and I hope it will give you good exposure. This is a great photo with pin sharp details and a awesome reflection. I am amazed how close you got to the subject.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-17 1:17]

Hi Joe !
Genial ! Splendid shot. Excellent detail with some sharper!
A clever idea to play this file as.
Have a nice Saturday,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-10-17 2:11]

Hey Joe :)

Nice to see a post from you, mate...even if it's not a constant thing anymore.
You are right - the eyes of a horsefly are magnificent and i've seen some incredible macros (yeah...with a Canon MP-E 65 lens) that really show them beautifully. However, i see here you pulling out some great results with a normal macro lens (not even with a TC or extender) which gives me some good hope for the next season...i might give it a shot myself :)
Anyway, back to your shot, what i really like about it is the full frontal approach. That really makes it look like an alien but also brings out those iridescent colors from the eyes.
Very well done, my friend!

Bravo and TSF
PS: still waiting for an e-mail form you with some ultra wide angle shots :) No worries though...absolutely no hurry ;)

Hi Joe!

I'm fine, thanks, and also just came back to TN after a couple of months. I immediately recognized your style and signature: you present us a superb macro picture, and the title suits the picture very well. The fly indeed has something terrific!

Kind regards


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-17 2:35]

Hey Joe,
Great to see you back. Wonderful macro you got here. The eyes of the Horse Fly are amazing. Excellent sharp details and close frontal POV.
Hope to see a lot more photos from you in the next days/weeks.
TFS and regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-17 4:54]

Hello Joe,
Nice to see that you post again! Very impressive this monster you caught on the top of a Ginger Beer! It really looks like coming from another world, I suppose it's the first creature waiting at the hell's door on beer-amateurs.. Most beautiful fine colors and top sharpness like always.
Have a nice weekend

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-17 5:10]

Hi Joe.
It is extra-class shot in every aspect. Great scene at whole (I love reflections of the fly). Terrific POV and eye-contact. Outstanding details and sharpness and superb lights. Flash work is really top range. I think about this lens. Can you tell few key words about it? TFS and have a good weekend.

A beautiful frontal super-portrait of a horsefly Joe, good to see something from you again MF. The amount of detail you've managed with that lens is really astonishing, however those are not the real colours of the eyes, the crystalline multifacets serve as a diffraction grating and produce colours of the spectrum from white light. TFS this fine image indeed!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-17 6:48]

Hello Joe,
An impressive macro of this horse fly taken full front to show what remarkable compound eyes horse flies have. You also show the dagger-like blood-sucking mouth parts of this female Tabanus bromius with excellent sharpness and lighting.
Great work and nice to see you on TN again.

hello Joe
nice to see you back
with a super macro picture
great details and super sharpness
greeting lou

welcome back Joey ....
thanks for the extraordinary world of macro extreme that we propose.....

ciao sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-17 15:26]

Hi little Joe,welcome back! We need your fantastics close-up!Today you are over the top,a truely incredible work,this pic no need comments but it's enough stay still to see it! Wonderful work,i hope to will see others soon..ehehe...have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Absolutely amazing!!! WOW! Nature is fascinating - this looks almost alien. And it's just a horse fly. Love it!

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-17 16:41]

Hi Joe
Glad to see you are still capturing some outstanding micros...Excellent detail and POV...Very well done...TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-17 20:28]

Hi Joe,
So nice to see you again....I have missed you and your images. This is fabulous macro work with impeccable sharpness and details. The reflection is just magnificent and you have used the falsh light very skilfully. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. Kudos.

Hey Joe,

a extremely good detailed macroshot with also exellent details.
Fine natural colours. So exellent colourspectrum in the eyes.
Well done.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-18 1:11]

Hello Joe,
This is well seen and well done. I like this details, colors, DOF and framing a lot. This is very original, almost abstract. This is a very nice and creative picture . Best regards siggi

Wow! I do not want to meet this creature Joe! ;>
Lovely presentation with perfect close-up of Tabaidae. But I think that this one is not so bad as it is sitting on the bottle of beer ;>
Very nice work!
All the best from Poland,

Muchos días y sin verte Joe; un placer verte de nuevo por aquí ya que podremos admirar de nuevos tus buenos y variados trabajos. En este caso una ampliación expectacular con una sueve iluminación de gran eficacia.
Un saludo y buen Domingo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Joe

Amazing macro, great detail of those big compound eyes, ell done.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-10-18 23:31]

Hi Joe,
you really squeeze the last droplets of top quality out of your macro lens here. I forgive you the beer bottle, the Horse fly front is just too much, awesome! Come to think of it, the beer might actually have helped you to steady the camera :-) !
Best regards

Cioa Jee. Pefect and inpressive macro shot with stunning details on eyes testure and bright reflectins. Amazing reflecions too. Best reagards.


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  • THL (39)
  • [2009-10-25 4:18]

Love the dark golden colours and the way it makes the clear purple, green and red contrast in the eyes come forward.

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