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Bubble Blowing Fly

Bubble Blowing Fly
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-12 8:14
Viewed: 3230
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't know why flies blow bubbles. Perhaps it is process of digestion or might the blow it to keep themselves warm. Hope somebody could explain. Enjoy the picture.
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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-12 8:43]

Hy Nayak,
Excellent macro photo of this fly, very good sharpness and fine details, TFS!

Hello Haraprasan,
It seems that tis fly is making gold! Very impressive capture, with fantastic tones and great use of the flash. Cheers,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-08-12 10:58]

Hello Haraprasan
Excellent macro capture with great details
Thanks for sharing

Namastay Hara ji,

I really like the lighting in this, and appreciate the fact that you achieved this by controlling your exposure. Exceptional work MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-12 12:31]

Hello Haraprasan,
Beautiful photo of this fly in great sharpness and details. A pity is the dirty spot left above the eye. Very nice clear colourtones with a good matching BG. Great POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-12 13:16]

Hello Haraprasan,
very nice macro. I like the point of view with the fly on the point of the blow bubbles. A clear and sharp image. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Haraprasan

Great shot with the Raynox attachment, its produced quite good sharpness and details. Good composition too.


Hi Haraprasan,
A fine macro of this fly showing excellent details, it stands out well against the light background, good composition.
TFS regards Bill

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-12 16:04]

Hi Haraprasan,

I never knew that flies blow bubbles so this absolutely fascinates me. The fly is wonderful with fine details and excellent colors. A magnificent pose and beautiful diagonal composition. But the scene stealer is the amazing golden bubble.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-08-12 16:31]

Hi Haraprasan, interesting macro of this flies bubble blowing activities , nice color contrast and composition , good details but I think the sharpening seems a bit hard here.

tfs & regards

Hello Haraprasan.
According to Barber and Starnes (1949), fly regurgitation "is a process of digestion during which the food is brought up from the crop bit by bit and is mixed with saliva before being passed on to the digestive tract.
I also posted one of this a long time ago, in this post you will find a link to one Luc posted too :)
You show very clearly this process, the light in the bubble is perfect, and the composition great. I can see some spots, maybe dirt in your sensor?
Have a nice weekend!

Hi Haraprasan,
This site has many theories on the process:
They do not mention the "Barber and Starnes (1949)", which sounds convaincing to me.
If not giving a definite answer this site has lot of interesting facts and excellent shots on this topic.

(In macro shots, dirt on the lens is more likely to be seen. lens should be kept especially clean. The 2 spots mentioned by extramundi could have been easily revoved with a clone brush in some PP work) A small nit though.

Excellent shot. perfect light. Beautiful colors. Clear details.


hello Haraprasan
great sharpness pose with good details and nice BG.
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Haraprasan,
Wonderful picture taken with fine details, vivid colors, excellent blurred BG, great sharpness and nice scene. Well done!

Dear Haraprasan, NAMASTAY!!!

Your images have always "BLOWN ME AWAY".
This one is one of the BEST I'VE EVER SEEN.
Best regards from Canada.

P.S. Please say "Hello" to your dear wife on our behalf.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-14 4:14]

Hello Haraprasan,
very sharp shot of this fly. Excellent sharpness of the fine hairs. The moment is well captured and the colours are so stunning.
Nice diagonal compositin of the brown branch.


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