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Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) male

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I managed to get in really close to this male Hoverfly so this is nearly full frame with a slight crop from the left.
DOF is fairly shallow and the light wasn't great but i'm pleased with the result because this is the first time i've managed to get a shot of one in flight with my Tamron 90mm macro.

Many thanks to all who view and leave comments.

Vic.

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Tamron 90mm SP Macro Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) male
Username:Vpics Vpics
Uploaded:12 Jul 2010 - 8:49 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Drone fly, Eristalis tenax, Hoverfly, In flght, Insect, Wildlife / nature
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lenalull
lenalull  4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 - 8:52 PM

This is beautiful. J

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
12 Jul 2010 - 8:53 PM

YES i would be pleased with this shot to it is a cracking shot brill detail and colour dont think you can get much better than that.
jj

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 8:53 PM

A stunning and very competent capture showing obvious skill
Mike

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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 4luckybry vcard Scotland
12 Jul 2010 - 8:53 PM

Increbile nature shot
bryan

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91885 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 8:58 PM

Great skill to this - never been able to do it. Great capture.
Brian.

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 9:02 PM

What a superb capture... excellent timing!!!! xx x x

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SugarDJ
SugarDJ  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 9:03 PM

Very impressive capture!

David

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 9:10 PM

Amazing...
Rick

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Sean_Dillon
12 Jul 2010 - 9:17 PM

Wow, stunning capture, lovely detail.

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polly470
polly470 e2 Member 425 forum postspolly470 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 9:26 PM

I have tried, and failed!!!
Superb detail - congrats on getting it!
Pauline

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 9:27 PM

Many have tried & failed, including me... Excellent work with this very difficult macro in-flight shot, Vic. Timing & detail are spot on.
Terry

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photophantom
12 Jul 2010 - 9:34 PM

top shot

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MandyD e2 Member 516777215 forum postsMandyD vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 9:36 PM

What a brilliant shot !!!

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Vpics
Vpics  4 Wales6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 9:48 PM

Hi folks!
Thankyou all for your lovely comments they are all very much appreciated.

I thought i'd share what i discovered that enabled me to take this shot and so far it's only the Drone fly that i have found doing this.

I listened for a prolonged and somewhat excited and higher pitched droning sound (quite obvious once you know what to listen for) and sure enough, there was the male hovering close above a female trying to win her affections with a display of precision hovering and quick drops to bat her on the abdomen. He was so thoroughly engrosed in his activities that my very stealthy approach (crawling through the undergrowth) went unnoticed so i got to within a few inches of the pair Smile
I hope this helps those of you who have tried without success as i have done so often in the past until i realised what to look for and listen for Wink best of luck to you!!!!

Regards
Vic.

Last Modified By Vpics at 12 Jul 2010 - 10:55 PM

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gregl e2 Member 9gregl vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 10:04 PM

Thanks for sharing your technique. This is quite an amazing shot Vic.
Greg

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 - 10:12 PM

well taken,difficult shot you have nailed it,
kev.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 10:21 PM

Amazing capture Vic with wonderful detail, colour and dof. Your technique is fascinating - must try that one out!
Sylvia

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torres99
torres99  5119 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 10:29 PM

Stunnig Caputre

regards

Carl

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Tracy_Young
12 Jul 2010 - 10:33 PM

Truely amazing shot, a touch of brilliance

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2010 - 11:30 PM

Amazing detail, very well captured.
Shaun

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tigertot
tigertot  1136 forum posts England
13 Jul 2010 - 1:12 AM

Great tip thanks - brilliant shot!

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franken
franken e2 Member 113025 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2010 - 7:36 AM

Truly amazing!

Ken

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cuffit
cuffit  7164 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 6:16 PM

I missed this excellent shot - hope the vote brings you up to 50! Chris

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HarveySquires
25 Jul 2010 - 5:36 PM

Stunning shot great in buzz :L capture

well done Smile

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