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I can't leave this thing alone! I think this could be the shot I have been trying for. If so, this will be my last hover fly (for ever - hmm?) I managed to get closer with my trusty Tamron. What do you think? (1/1250 sec and still the wings don't freeze)

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Tamron 90 mm f2.8 macro Check out Totally Tamron!
Title:Dunnit?
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:16 Apr 2004 - 7:46 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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tigertot
tigertot  1136 forum posts England
16 Apr 2004 - 7:54 AM

Very nice Brian, the fast shutter speed has certainly stopped him in his tracks! The wings for me work better blurred as they give a sense of movement. Nice shot!

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ardbeg77
ardbeg77  101214 forum posts Sao Tome and Principe6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 7:56 AM

Brian, I hadn't really seen him before! So since this is the first time, I'm allowed to be mighily impressed. The detail and the lighting is phenomenal. Brilliant.

Steve

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
16 Apr 2004 - 8:12 AM

Excellent shot, very impressive, I also prefer the wings blurred, he must be flapping them at an alarming rate huh! Well done Brian, BRILLIANT Lyns x

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headskiesfly
16 Apr 2004 - 8:21 AM

Amazing Brian, very well done indeed.
Richard

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julesm
julesm e2 Member 101698 forum postsjulesm vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 8:29 AM

Well Caught

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 8:30 AM

Thanks for the comments Leslie, Steve, Lynsey and Richard. Using the Tamron seems to have worked, but it is very difficult to get close enough to get a good shot of one of these things.

Brian

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davewilliamson
16 Apr 2004 - 8:50 AM

Brilliant shot Brian. Click.
Dave

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itinerario
itinerario  1042 forum posts Netherlands
16 Apr 2004 - 9:06 AM

Spectacular shot. I'm impressed.

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pj.morley
pj.morley  11947 forum posts
16 Apr 2004 - 9:23 AM

Very impressive shot Brian and must have taken some patience to get this right.

If you want the wings to freeze then you'll need a shutter speed of at least a 1/000 sec I would have thought. Looking at this I reckon you could have got 1/500 sec and still be exposed correctly. Either that or you could use flash and a small aperture..

Regards

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 9:59 AM

Thanks for all the positive comments. John, this was at 1/1250th sec, F5 and strong sunlight. I did try (many, many shots) with & without sync flash up to 1/1250th but the results were not much better. (We got very buzzy hover-flies down here Smile

Brian

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 10:54 AM

Nice try, but I think you can do better.

Just kidding, bet you can't leave it alone and try to get a better one

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gndphotography
16 Apr 2004 - 10:55 AM

Great shot again Brian. Still haven't had chance to catch one myself. :0(

Click

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 11:01 AM

Thanks Cheryl, I'll need some time to stop twitching before I try again! I think this has been the most difficult photographic challenge I have set myself so far. Made worse by the fact that there is a territorial battle going on between three of these things and they don't stay still for more than a few seconds at a time. (I suppose the next challenge could be to get three in frame at the same time, all in focus - NO - run away! Smile

Brian

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16 Apr 2004 - 11:02 AM

I'll send you one Gavin, then you can get the "twitch" Smile Thanks for commenting

Brian

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billma
billma  10119 forum posts United States
16 Apr 2004 - 11:56 AM

Very impressive. It is difficult to get a photo of something like this lying there dead. Can't imagine how you got this so well. Good work.

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pperilla
pperilla  10
16 Apr 2004 - 12:12 PM

Wow what a capture!. Great detail and DOF.

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helendixon
helendixon  1030 forum posts United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 - 12:18 PM

Another great capture Brian, well done.

Helen

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 12:27 PM

Thanks for commenting Bill, Pablo & Helen,

Brian

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Patricia Fenn
16 Apr 2004 - 12:37 PM

Now how did I know from the thumbnail, that Brian was at it again? Grin
Seriously super, Click.
I'd be interested in any comments you can give me on tomorrows pic. (No, I haven't cloned two thousand hover flies...)

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 1:09 PM

Thanks Patricia, I will look out for it, Brian

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 3:31 PM

Wow, you're becoming a real expert at this sort of shot, Brian. Well done.

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 3:32 PM

Eric, thank you, still lots to learn Smile

Brian

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IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 4:26 PM

Well done Brian, that persistance has paid off. The best yet, and there's been some good ones!

Ian (clicked)

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proberts
proberts  10218 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 5:13 PM

well done brian.you must have alot of patience.how do you do it.well done*click*
andrew.

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 6:11 PM

Ian, Andrew - thank you for the positive reaction

Brian

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MartinWait
MartinWait  1088 forum posts England
16 Apr 2004 - 6:29 PM

Wow! What a capture. Nice one!

Martin.

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 6:30 PM

Martin, thanks :0)

Brian

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seven21
seven21  10196 forum posts
16 Apr 2004 - 6:32 PM

Brilliant capture Brian - you are becomimg a specialist in these - steve

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 6:38 PM

Thanks Steve, does that mean boring? LOL

Brian

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Terry L
Terry L e2 Member 10571 forum postsTerry L vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 8:15 PM

Superb shot Brian I really do not know how you manage it. I bet you can't stop though..!! I am pleased that your persistence has paid off.

Regards
Terry.

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brian1208
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16 Apr 2004 - 9:01 PM

Thanks Terry - I must confess when the "Hairy Hover Gang" came back into my garden this afternoon I did sneak out with my camera, but - they were moving too fast, so I went to sleep in the sun instead! Smile

Brian

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daffydill56
16 Apr 2004 - 9:43 PM

That's it, I am definitely going to get a 300D lol. Brian you have done so well here.Love it.Click

Fran

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foggytwo
foggytwo  1136 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2004 - 9:43 PM

Brian,what can I say mate.Congratulations on a superb capture.Very well done.Certainly gets a click from me.
Pete.

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16 Apr 2004 - 9:55 PM

Fran & Pete, thanks for the positive comments. Go for it Fran, mind you - the new Nikon D70 looks tasty as well

Brian

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Tony_M
Tony_M  10342 forum posts England
16 Apr 2004 - 9:56 PM

Seriously good photography, and a fine result of many hours waiting for the right moment. Congratulations on a great photo.
Tony

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vfr400
vfr400  12886 forum posts
16 Apr 2004 - 10:55 PM

Great persistance, incredible image well done,
I also bet this isn't the last.

chris

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brian1208
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17 Apr 2004 - 7:56 AM

Tony & Chris, thank you for your comments

Brian

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2004 - 11:19 AM

I'd be really worried if you started giving them names Brian.....so you're OK for the minute ;o)
Great work....& getting seriously better all the time. The detail & colours you have captured are superb, the wings add the BUZZ (sorry).....CLICK!

Mike

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magda_indigo
17 Apr 2004 - 11:23 AM

Nice one, Brian, click (*:*)

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brian1208
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17 Apr 2004 - 1:05 PM

Mike - meet Horace the Hover - LOL

thanks to you and Magda for taking time to comment,

Brian

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Gary_Williams
17 Apr 2004 - 3:13 PM

Awesome capture, well shot.

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17 Apr 2004 - 4:35 PM

Thanks Gary

Brian

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fishiee
fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2004 - 6:28 PM

Just thought I'd check out the profile of they guy who gave me the tips on the mini tripod and noise reduction software(I have already tried the demo and initial results look v good so thanks for that tip!).

What do I find when I get here?... It's the hover fly man! Saw the 4 pic image few days ago and thought that was pretty impressive, but this one full size is fantastic!

Having seen those 4 I was inspored to have a go myself, but found it to be a real nightmare. By the time I've found them in the lens they decide to move! I have got a couple of shots of my Bee Flies in flight, but nowhere near as good as this. I will try once again having seen this shot. Fantastic!

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18 Apr 2004 - 6:58 PM

Hi John, thanks for the visit - Oh dear, what have I done to you Smile I warn you, it gets obsessive if you aren't careful!

Brian

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mister_phillie
18 Apr 2004 - 11:07 PM

Superb Brian! I know from experience how tough it is to get these!! I suspect you'll have to go a lot lower than 1/1250th to get the wings frozen..

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brian1208
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19 Apr 2004 - 6:41 AM

Thanks Phil - I've now been to 1/2000, still not frozen!

Brian

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Mari
Mari  101825 forum posts Wales
19 Apr 2004 - 1:46 PM

Superb shot Briain - how do you get them so sharp? - do you use a tripod and if so how do you get the hover fly to fly in front of the lens - I'm very impressed!!

Mari

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gaz revs
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19 Apr 2004 - 2:12 PM

what an amazing shot. big click from me, luv it

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brian1208
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19 Apr 2004 - 2:43 PM

Mari - its hand held hell!

Its a case of watching the flight paths / hover points, trying to anticipate the next hover stop, then manual focus to about where I think it will be, then final point / adjust /(curse) or shoot. The high shutter speed helps with the sharpness, but there are still an awful lot of discards Smile

Gary, thanks to you and Mari for your positive reactions

Brian

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Mari
Mari  101825 forum posts Wales
20 Apr 2004 - 6:01 PM

Cor - well done Brian - i'm impressed!

Mari

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22 Apr 2004 - 7:02 PM

Mari, thanks for taking the time to comment. Sorry not to have responded earlier - don't know where the time goes -

(yes I do, standing watching B' Bees and Hoverflies. I was seduced again today, black bumblebees! Smile

Brian

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rabidrat
rabidrat  1077 forum posts
1 May 2004 - 9:18 AM

Excellent shot

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brian1208
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1 May 2004 - 9:25 AM

Smile - thanks Mike

Brian

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snapbandit  102205 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2004 - 5:43 PM

WOW!!, macro/insect type shots are not something I have really ever tried but this must have been so difficult!!

super shot, inspirational.

'click'

Joe B

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brian1208
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23 May 2004 - 6:00 PM

Thanks Joe, I'm told it gets easier - eventually Smile

Brian

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starstriders
1 Apr 2005 - 1:31 PM

Ahhhh, found one. This is great, you should have a ball with these this year!

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fossilized
1 Apr 2005 - 2:40 PM

Another brilliant capture.

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3 Apr 2005 - 12:40 PM

Thanks Lauren + Jean, I hadn't spotted your comments

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