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A hoverfly, resting during a shower of rain.

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Tamron 90mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Title:Hoverfly
Username:mjsayles mjsayles
Uploaded:17 Mar 2007 - 9:55 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Fly, General, Hover, Hoverfly, Insect, Macro, Wildlife / nature
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Hedgehog
Hedgehog  8
17 Mar 2007 - 9:58 AM

Amazingly sharp.
Great work.

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jaspernina
17 Mar 2007 - 10:04 AM

Perfect detail.

Stephen

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 10:10 AM

Crisp macro capture, well done.

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 10:12 AM

Stunning macro phorography.
Tom.

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
17 Mar 2007 - 10:16 AM

Superb macro work, very well done indeed.

Ali

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Loupix
Loupix  880 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 10:43 AM

Stunning macro work, the background really sets this one off.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 11:30 AM

A brilliant macro, I agree with Loupix the background is spot on too. Good shot.

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JohnnyF
JohnnyF  7 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 - 12:18 PM

Brilliant...how did you get so close?

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User_Removed
User_Removed Junior Member 8 England16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 12:27 PM

A really stunning macro with incredibly clear detail throughout!
Andrew

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mjsayles
mjsayles  81019 forum posts
17 Mar 2007 - 12:55 PM

Thanks for the comments folks. The hoverfly (which was in my back garden) was quite docile, I think due to the rain. I had time to nip inside and get my tripod, then come out and set up, with the lens just a few centimetres from it, and it didn't move a muscle.

The background is the hedge at the other side of the garden, about 5 or 6 metres away.

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Simon_Whitehouse

Fantastic macro work.

Smithy

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didgpix
didgpix  7
17 Mar 2007 - 3:18 PM

Stunning macro, excellent in every aspect.

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scott_jessuk
17 Mar 2007 - 4:09 PM

Really impressive close-up, nicelt taken.

Scott

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 5:09 PM

really fantastic shot,like this alot

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skewey
skewey  831 forum posts England
17 Mar 2007 - 5:16 PM

Great dof and macro work.
Paul

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canongirl08
17 Mar 2007 - 5:37 PM

WOW superb detail
click
regards
chelseak

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SueWB
SueWB  7 England
17 Mar 2007 - 8:06 PM

Stunning macro shot
Sue Smile

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BeiK
BeiK  8 Scotland
17 Mar 2007 - 10:00 PM

Wow, this is so pin sharp, an excellent piece of macro work, 10/10!
Bitte

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mjsayles
mjsayles  81019 forum posts
17 Mar 2007 - 10:56 PM

Thanks folks, much appreciate your feedback.

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 11:01 PM

brilliant macro shot and thanks for the tip on how to use the unsharp mask it made me want to pop in and have a look at the end result which is really good
mary

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mikesavage
mikesavage  12234 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2007 - 11:23 PM

Very good macro work indeed. Click!

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2007 - 9:17 AM

superb detail !!!
keith

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Topcat
Topcat  10
18 Mar 2007 - 10:32 AM

Nice one. Excellent

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strawman
strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2007 - 8:10 PM

Rather than add to the forum. I think you need to look into processing the image less. It looks like the contrast has been pushed too much and you this has created an over harsh image then you have sharpened it a touch too much. The over white hairs and black pixels in the image show this.

To improve I think you need to have a more uniform light source to avoid the burnt out highlights, and a greater depth of field. This would allow a sharp capture with less processing.

Sorry John

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mjsayles
mjsayles  81019 forum posts
18 Mar 2007 - 8:22 PM

John, thanks for the comments. I may look at re-processing this, because I think I may have 'rushed it' a bit, especially when it comes to brightness & contrast, which I think is more to blame than sharpening.

The light was actually pretty flat - it was taken during a downpour of rain, so it's more likely the quick processing as mentioned above is the problem.

TBH, I don't spend too long processing images for EPZ, because there seems little point investing a lot of time on a 500px image. However, this shot seems to have caused a minor furore, so I think I'll have another crack at it.

Thanks again for the critique!

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tepot
tepot  104416 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Apr 2007 - 4:57 PM

What aperture did tyou use for this Mike? pin sharp with tones of detail.

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mjsayles
mjsayles  81019 forum posts
7 Apr 2007 - 8:11 PM

Hi Terry,

Thanks for the comment. Just checked the EXIF - this was 1/5sec at f8

Cheers,

Michael

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tigs
tigs  9145 forum posts Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2007 - 12:22 AM

Fantastic detail!!!

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jamescoates
10 Apr 2007 - 12:13 PM

Fantastic shot, amazing detail in its eye.
James

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