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A Hover fly

A Hover fly
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Copyright: Siavash Taravati (aisvash) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 22] (158)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 2:38
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a picture of hover fly (Family: Syrphidae)
Scientific name:Eristalis arbostorum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Most of the warm days they are very active and visit many flowers. When I wanted to take
this picture, they rarely stayed on each flower more than 4-5 seconds. The biggest problem
in photographing such subjects is the wind!! Wind makes many photos corrupt and disrupts
the focus by displacing the insect and flower forward and backward resulting in a blurry

This picture is taken without flash but when available(Ringlight flash preferably), one can take great photos
in the evening or early morning when the insects are respectivly tired or
Cold so they are more calm and immobile. I did it several times about Syrphidae
and Dragonflies.

Techniqual issue: Because of low internet speed I had to compress it a little more for gaining smaller file size. So I apologize for a little noisy BG.

Best Wishes,

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Hi Siavash, wonderful macro with a wonderful fly and a splendid flower, great sharpness and lovely details, excellent blurry BG, beautiful colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-03 3:12]

Hello Siavash,
Very fine macro of this Hoverfly on the daisy showing great details and nice colours. Looks good against the plain and soft background.
Excellent composition.
TFS 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)
  • [2007-03-03 3:25]

Hello Siavash,
Fine capture of a species of hoverfly new to me. Excellent comp., sharpness and BG.
Good note too!
Regards, Ivan

bravo pour ce cliché,le BG est super flou et coloré,la netteté sur la mouche impeccable et les couleurs sont tres belles.
bonne note aussi.

Hello Siavash
Wonderful shot of this Hoverfly,
Perfect compo and sharpness,
Excellent work.


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-04 5:38]

Excellent composition of this Hover gly on a daisy. Wonderful sharpness and detail with great colour depth. Your DOF is spot on for the subject.

Hi Siavash,
What noise? I don't see any noise :)
Sharp and detailed, with a great POV and comp.
The flowers are bright white, without over-exposure, well done!
PS - Ringflash in the early morning..I'll have to try that ;)
Don't give away all your secrets :)

Hi Siavash,
it's a cute fly on this nice flower.
A beautiful arrangement in good sharpness, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This is a very pretty picture with the subject crystal clear and sharp and with a lovely blurry background. To answer your question: I visited Iran last January for three weeks, to participate in the midwintercount for waterbirds. I had a great time!

Salam Siavash jan,
excellent shot with great colors and details.
well composed and very nice BG.

besyar zibast

Salaam Siavash,
A ssymbol of the sun is a nice way to celebrate Noruz!

Noruz Mubarak MF!

PS Love the way the flower blasts up like a sun. Thanx for sharing! Jay Abujayson

It's very nice, clear shot. Good details and exposure, nicely balanced framing as well.
Good job!

Hello Siavash,
superb details & good combination.beautiful colors.
Thanks for information.

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