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Hover Fly

Hover Fly
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 0:18
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hover Flies can be found almost everywhere. As soon as there are flowers in your garden, you will start to notice these flies. Gardeners should learn to recognize them because they are both pollinator and aphid eater.

Hover Flies vary from tiny, often black and shiny flies to large flies that have a remarkable resemblance to bees or wasps. Early in spring, the small dark species are noticeable, and the large bee-like ones becoming more common as summer progresses. The characteristic that all Hover Flies share is their rapid hovering flight. You often see them hovering a patch of sunlight, and then dart to investigate a flower.

Although many look like bees, the hovering flight gives them away. Other clues are two wings rather than four (although this is sometimes hard to discern) and the bulbous eyes characteristic of flies. And, since they are flies, they do not sting.

This shot was taken at late afternoon on my terrace using RAW format and ISO160 settings.

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To jignasi: Josepmwmod99 1 10-17 22:38
To Argus: Ivanmwmod99 1 10-17 00:02
To omereser: Omermwmod99 1 10-16 12:40
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Ciao George, my today neighbour, great macro of fantastic Hoverfly, wonderful blurry BG, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi George,
Breathtaking, superbly composed macro shot, with very good use of flash (colors even seem natural). Plenty of details on the insect and on the plant, excellent background blur - instead of more words I simply bookmark the pic as one of my favorites. Tfs this treasure.
Best regards, László

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-15 0:44]

Hello George
Superb macro as usual.
Excellent work!

Hi George,

an very good macro shot with subup sharpness, detais and dof.
Nice dark bg.
Fine colours.
I am searching for mistakes but I cant find it.
Maybe the light on the branche (white) but that's unfair.
Nice work.


Dear George!

Your picture is as impressive as beautiful. The superb sharpness reveals rich details and allows the viewer to get a complete overview about the insect's cheracteristics. You also have well managed the artificial light and the result is that the effects of the flash are almost inexistant.

A superb macro picture!

Kind regards


Wow George, this is superb macro work and a sure winner in many competirions. Fantastic pin sharp detail with good colours. Composition works very well and the BG makes the fly and perch really stand out well.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-15 8:59]

Hello George,
Wonderful photo in great clarity and a perfect DOF. Great sharpness, details and bright colours. Nice contrasting blurred BG. Very good POV and composition.

Hello George,
another great picture, sharp details and light fantastic. A very nice image. Greetings, Paolo

Hello George,
Bravo! ...
Another of your "spectacular" fly! ... Impeccable!
The details are quite significant, can be counted one by one the tiny hairs on the fly! I like very much the use of flash and how the colors have remained. Deserves to be named the cut, is a good decision have allowed comple whole view of the inflorescence where the fly is posed.

You do see flies, a pleasure!

Regards, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-15 12:25]

Hello George,
Vibrant color, pin sharp details, great out of focus background, just a marvelous composition. Great job and thank you for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Hola George

Una macro perfecta, con gran nitidez, donde se aprecian perfectamente los detalles y colores de esta mosca, una perfecta composición y contrastes.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-16 5:48]

Hello George,
Excellent picture of this tiny Hoverfly which you show here in a fine composition and strong colors. The flash obviously helps to bring out every single detail. I also like the fine grey background which gives an ideal contrast to the plant and the fly. Well done again!
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards

Are you make Japan glue? Hover Flies is very flattened.
İn Turkish: Japon yapıştırıcısı mı kullandın? Sineğin çok basık duruyor.

Hi George

Your images are extraordinary sharp, great photography bro. Love all your post.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-16 23:17]
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Good morning George,
A nice macro showing in detail the features from a lateral POV. The colours and lighting are superb with good use of flash without producing a 'night-time effect' for this day-flying insect and the composition is excellent.
Maybe this is a little over-sharpened, the hairs appearing too much white, but that is a small point!
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Excelente acercamiento George con un preciso y buen manejo de la luz.
Bien captados los detalles y unos colores preciosos y naturales.
Un saludo desde Espańa y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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