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Hover Fly III

Hover Fly III
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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: 2010-10-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Just perfect! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-27 8:12
Viewed: 3495
Points: 38
[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 in RAW and ISO200.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-27 8:24]

Hello George,
Great macro of this hoverfly. The clarity is superb, almost unreal. The sharpness and details on the body and head are perfect. Very good POV and composition. A fine DOF against the blurred BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-27 8:25]

Hello George,
A superb lateral POV capture of this species of Hoverfly, probably a species of Episyrphus.
Good use of flash without causing the night-time effect and giving good illumination to show natural colours and nice contrasting BG against the this sharp image. The 'stabilisers' or rudimentary second wings, found in all species of flies, are well shown here.
Thanks and kind regards,

Bonjour george!

Je suis admiratif devant cette très belle photo!! Définition parfaite et très jolie lumière!

hello george!
great macro with perfect sharpness and fine exposure!
the comp works fine to
very good!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-27 8:44]

Hi George,
Splendid lights and colors, great sharpness, TFS!

Hi George,
A fine closeup capture of this beautiful hoverfly. This looks much similar to a marmalade hoverfly but not sure due to little knowledge in flies. Good back ground. Superb sharp details, Very good DOF achieved. Good composition too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I am very impressed with your macro work George. This is a superb image where you used flash very well.Lovely detail and composition.
Well done

Hello George,
Fantastic clarity with amazing details, colours and focus.
Perfect capture with wonderful blurred background and exceptional POV.

To zdjęcie jest wspaniałe :)

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-27 10:59]

Hello George
First class quality image. Excellent work!

Ciao George, wonderful hoverfly with fantastic details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao George. Another top quality one! An oustanding one!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-27 12:01]

Hello George,
very good macro of insect with an excellent composition and sharp details. Bright colors too. I like the contrast between BG and the Hover Fly . Best regards Siggi

Hola George

Que super macro más buena, que perfecta nitidez de esta sirfido, con unos colores naturales muy buenos, perfectos contrastes de colores y exacta profundidad de campo.

Un saludo de Antonio

As soon as I see your name on the list I know it's going to be something good!
Superb macro shot, well done!

Hello George,
I fall off my ass! ...
When you photographing flies (and also spiders) you archieve extral professional results!
Very good job! ... A complete macro!
Regards, TFS

Hello George,
another great picture, sharp, details, background and light fantastic. A nice image and very beautiful the Sigma 70mm. Tanks for sharing. Greetings, Paolo

Salut George
Cette prise en macro m'avait échappée.
La composition est très belle ainsi que les couleurs et les détails.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Beautiful picture dear sir... :-)

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