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A hot muggy day, & this plant in the garden was alive with Hoverflies.....so I set the camera up on the tripod, to capture the two flower heads together, & waited, & waited some more !
The little blighters would not settle on my two flowers !!!!......so to lure them I dripped a tiny drop of Honey onto the yellow centres, & waited again......after a minute or two, the LH
fly appeared & while I took a shot of him, the second fly turned up on the RH side.....took a few shots of them both, at different apertures & focusing, & this image was the best of them,
with both flies sharp.....yippee ! So I got the shot I wanted, & the flies got their reward of the honey......sorted, & chuffed !!!...................

Thanks everyone for your feedback on 'End of the Beginning' ,......much appreciated !!.Grin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:90.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Jul 2011 - 3:41 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Hoverflies Two.
Username:Niknut Niknut
Uploaded:24 Aug 2011 - 4:34 PM
Tags:Chrysanthemum(frutescens)., Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Hoverflies
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Mike_Young
Mike_Young e2 Member 8Mike_Young vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 4:37 PM

Very clever and well worth the effort, an excellent result

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 4:52 PM

You have far more patience than I do, Keith, and what a neat idea, so glad you are pleased with the result.

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barmymarny
24 Aug 2011 - 5:17 PM

Gorgeous! Well done.

Marilyn x

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CaroleS
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24 Aug 2011 - 5:18 PM

Splendid shot, well worth the effort. Carole

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 5:30 PM

Patience paid off - well done.
Joan.

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 5:34 PM

Great timing, love the one thats almost stood on its head.

Best Matt

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 6:03 PM

Keith, I will learn your recipe by heart!!! WHAT A GREAT IDEA.
the result is really worth it, what an idyllic garden shot. Love it!!

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
24 Aug 2011 - 6:04 PM

Top marks here, great focussing and timing.

Len

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barbarahirst
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24 Aug 2011 - 6:17 PM

love it to bits ...

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 6:36 PM

Brilliant - and they are such cute little hover flies, they deserved an audience! Well done for your patience.
Ann

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 7:07 PM

very nicely done, well worth the wait the patience and the gift of honey

Linda

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 7:10 PM

Good reward for your patience. A lovely shot.
Ron

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Michaela_Solway

beuatiful image and great dof- love it!

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phil99
phil99 e2 Member 844 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 8:34 PM

Have the RC on me .Lovely macro work..Phil

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 9:19 PM

A grand experiment! that has worked out well--- HOney--- I shall have to try this!
jEnnnnnn

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 9:56 PM

Excellent capture

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 10:15 PM

Great shot i used peanut butter.
Gary

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 10:19 PM

so glad everyone including the hovers were happy at the end of your attempt to get the all important shot, well taken

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lil48
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24 Aug 2011 - 10:20 PM

love it, great detail
Lil

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 10:39 PM

Well timed and captured.
Steve.

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2011 - 11:09 PM

Wonderful way to bait the trap and what a lovely shot you got!
Christina

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senn
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25 Aug 2011 - 1:45 AM

a great one ..

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Daisymaye
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25 Aug 2011 - 2:41 AM

Great capture............Sandy

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MartPics
MartPics  8 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 - 9:31 AM

Nice work.

Martin.

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2011 - 9:55 AM

Great stealth sed here a honey trap I think it's called. There seems to ba an awful lot of these wee beasties this year or maybe I'm just more aware of them.

Dougie

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Richsr
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25 Aug 2011 - 12:56 PM

Well worth the wait to get both of them.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2011 - 2:34 PM

LOL...awesome write-up once again and fantastic idea with the honey! It's paid off grandly, NN. Really lovely glow you've got in that upper hoverfly too.

Andrew

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User_Removed
25 Aug 2011 - 5:26 PM

Super macro image Keith, great DOF and comp', next time mix a spoonfull of honey with water, put it in the microwave for 1 min' to mix it fully, then put it into a fine spray bottle and spray were you want. it works a treat.
Alf.

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25 Aug 2011 - 6:44 PM

Yet another cracking shot Keith!
Iain

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4734 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2011 - 6:54 PM

Many thanks everyone for the very positive feedback....I'm very grateful !!!

Alf, thanks also for your tip with the honey/water spray....I shall have to try that !....sounds like a good cure for a sore-throat too !.....bet you've never met a Hoverfly with a sore-throat
in your neck of the woods, so it must work ?????.WinkGrinGrin

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26 Aug 2011 - 5:37 AM

Great details on the hooverflies

Peter

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Anna62
Anna62  3 Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2011 - 7:31 AM

Brilliant capture Keith!! Perfect timing Smile

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SueEley
SueEley  8271 forum posts Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2011 - 4:53 PM

Lovely composition and great pictures of the insects - great work.

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helenlinda
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26 Aug 2011 - 5:19 PM

How lovely to get both in focus - worth that drop of honey Smile
Helen

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27 Aug 2011 - 8:57 AM

Ha Ha Well done and thanks for your encouraging comments!

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2011 - 5:40 PM

An incredible shot. Looks like I am going to have to add honey to my Tescos order...lol. This is certainly a shot to be proud of.

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maggie9
maggie9  645 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 8:02 AM

a fantastic shot!!
wonderful summer feel
very very well done! Smile

maggie

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loopylor24
29 Apr 2012 - 9:50 PM

Great macro & lovely detail Grin

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Mynett
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29 Apr 2012 - 9:52 PM

well thought out, and what patience you must have but what a shot ..... the honey really paid off.... well done, I see this as a poster, a really beautiful natural world shot.

Linda

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