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First of all I want to say a massive thanks to Lynette (Lynniesefforts), capto and RobertTurley for their user awards for my photo of the glacier's end in Antarctica. Talk about making my weekend!

I've been trying for some time to take a photo of a bee or hoverfly in flight and today I finally managed to get a few half way decent shots. I'm posting one of them to see what you think.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Lens:150.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Sep 2013 - 10:56 AM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.9
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Finally...
Username:AlexAppleby AlexAppleby
Uploaded:15 Sep 2013 - 4:01 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Hoverfly, In flight, Wildlife / nature
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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 4:06 PM

You've timed this shot superbly to catch the hoverfly homing in on the flower

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 4:11 PM

Superb macro shot, excellent detail and colours and the timing is spot on

Hugh

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 4:14 PM

Wow!!!! impressive Alex, perfectly timed capture, great eye detail....well done

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Suzicoo
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15 Sep 2013 - 4:14 PM

more than half way decent, expertly timed shot

Suzicoo

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Sep 2013 - 4:14 PM

A lovely capture Alex !! I would be thrilled to get one like this Smile

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Mollycat
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15 Sep 2013 - 4:18 PM

Beautifully timed.. Agree with Hermanus.GrinGrinGrin

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 233 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 4:26 PM

Yes - much better than decent - very clever to get that shot.
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CarolG
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15 Sep 2013 - 4:42 PM

An excellent in flight capture, Alex, wish I could get one half as good as this Smile Carol

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ChristineD
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15 Sep 2013 - 4:46 PM

Superb macro shot

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john_starkey
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It's a commendable effort Alex but a shutter speed of 1/640 is a little low,first of all you really do need a good sunny day to get the shutter speed up then sometimes a macro lens is not the best option for these and dragonfly shot's in flight,i would personally use a 70-200m f/2.8 if i had one,but it is possible to use a macro lens but like i said good light is needed so you can use a high ISO to get the shutter speed up and i would would shoot wide open too,

John.

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christinecilia
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15 Sep 2013 - 5:02 PM

great shot well timed. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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AlexAppleby
15 Sep 2013 - 5:07 PM


Quote: It's a commendable effort Alex but a shutter speed of 1/640 is a little low,first of all you really do need a good sunny day to get the shutter speed up then sometimes a macro lens is not the best option for these and dragonfly shot's in flight,i would personally use a 70-200m f/2.8 if i had one,but it is possible to use a macro lens but like i said good light is needed so you can use a high ISO to get the shutter speed up and i would would shoot wide open too,

John.

Thanks for that, and all agreed. Unfortunately all thought goes out the window when I'm trying to take a photo. It had been sunny earlier so I'd made the aperture smaller, then forgot to change it. Will definitely try to remember all this the next time.

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capto
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15 Sep 2013 - 6:15 PM

I've never got that close, so very well done.

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richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 6:28 PM

Excellent Image Alex!! Great work!!

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anglingandyq
15 Sep 2013 - 6:37 PM

Top work Alex well captured

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ali63
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15 Sep 2013 - 6:40 PM

Great capture,

Ali Smile

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 279 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 7:18 PM

An excellent close up, Alex, composition spot on, patience well rewarded.
Nice one.
Darryl. x SmileSmileSmile

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Holmewood
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15 Sep 2013 - 7:28 PM

Well done Alex There is always so much to remember. Cathy

Last Modified By Holmewood at 15 Sep 2013 - 7:41 PM

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15 Sep 2013 - 7:51 PM

It's terrific Alex - that's what I think
Jason

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NigelKiteley
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15 Sep 2013 - 9:32 PM

An admiral effort at what is a difficult skill Smile.

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achieverswales
15 Sep 2013 - 9:41 PM


Quote: You've timed this shot superbly to catch the hoverfly homing in on the flower

I agree Alex.

Regards

Trev.

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Lynniesefforts
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16 Sep 2013 - 2:19 AM


Quote: Well done Alex There is always so much to remember. Cathy

Aint that the truth !! Shamefully I use auto way too much for my moving targets... about 1 in 30 pays off GrinGrin

Wonderful image Alex, you did well GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

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