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Hoverfly on Hedge Bindweed Flower

By Ade_Osman    
Yep I've nearly fallen into that trap of taking images of flowers.......Fat Chance! Tongue

Well I was going to post an image today of an extreme close up of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly, but as one or two folks showed concern at yesterdays image and the the way I achieve them, as they have every right to do! I thought I'd go with a normally taken image of a Hoverfly on a Hedge Bindweed flower and let the dust settle a bit, at least for today. However I thought I see how the land lies with you all and let you decide whether I should post them or not? Just let me know if you're kind enough to leave a comment on this image, as I truly don't want to offend or upset anyone.
What I thought I might do is post an a variant showing the dragonfly hung up on the ferns in the garden recovering from the anaesthetic , but then thought that this would prove nothing as an image of that could have been taken anytime.....So I'm in a bit of a quandary about it all now, hence the reason I've gone with this today. Sad

V2 is a low resolution b&w infra-red snapshot (hence the quality) taken of the hedgehog fast asleep in the box today! I just thought it looked so cute and wanted to share it with you all Smile

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think about the dragonflies as I'm genuinely interested in your views. Have a great day.....Ade

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Tags: Flowers General Black and white Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Hoverflies Wildlife and nature Hedge Bindweed

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9 Sep 2012 9:34AM
V1 is a super image Ade, the detail is excellent,

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jasonrwl Plus
10 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 10:00AM
Hi Ade
Great shot. I gave you my views yesterday but am happy to repeat that I see no issue at all with your methods and think it is a shame that 1 person's view (which he is of course entitled to have) should cause you so much soul-searching. Keep them coming.
9 Sep 2012 10:03AM
What a good sharp clean image, as a macro nut this pic really appeals to me, well done Ade
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 10:18AM
After reading your rather honest and open pre-narrative, you were quite right to have mixed feelings, however the photograph completely outweighs any previous uncertainly. A really beautiful and well crafted image, of which is up to the Ade Osman standard from all perspectives, and points of view.

Regards Nathan
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.4k 158 England
9 Sep 2012 11:29AM
Bind weed... arghhh, ban of my life. But beautifully captured with the 'over. Some lovely glisteny bits.

pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 11:30AM
So beautiful a superb picture leaving me in awe, posted my own yesterday but you win hands down I obviously still have a lot to learn, love the hedgie to and as for your images of the dragonflies etc. I feel you do this with the greatest of respect for the animal and after reading your explanation of how you approach the subject it confirms what I always believed with the work you do, there is little or no risk, certainly no more than the natural danger these species face on a daily basis as they go about their normal business, I am certain you do not take unnecessary risks! I have enjoyed your uploads and they do give an insight to nature we would normally be oblivious of. I hope I have not said too much and that you understand where I am coming from.
achieverswales 9 8 101 Wales
9 Sep 2012 11:38AM
Excellent clarity Ade.


Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
9 Sep 2012 11:56AM
Tremendous pin sharp detail and clarity in this macro Ade, just what we've come to expect from a man of your calibre
MossyOak 8 22 15 England
9 Sep 2012 12:12PM
Firstly as you explained yesterday Ade about putting them to sleep and making it clear keep showing the dragons close up, I am fascinated by the detail and thinking about a MPE-65 Smile
This one is well exposed on the flower and great detail showing the environment.
Great macro work
As th edragonfly once said. " I live under the water for years, emerge into a fine flying machine and need to shag quickly before I die. Sleep just stops me finding the ladies" Grin
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
9 Sep 2012 12:51PM
Cheers Richard, don't think I was having a pop, because I wasn't.....You just made me think about it all that little bit more than I needed too and you had me questioning my own conscience....

Thanks for that and the positive input.....Smile

Also thanks to everyone for their comments, muchly appreciated as always...

teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
9 Sep 2012 1:08PM
Beautifully processed and presented, Ade. Love the soft velvety textures of the Bindweed flower.
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
9 Sep 2012 2:30PM
Wonderful detail in V 1, Ade: fine shot of the insect in situ "in the wild".
I am in no position to comment on the debate raised yesterday but I do hope you find it possible to continue taking these stacked macro images, assuming you continue to feel no harm comes to your subjects and are happy in yourself with your technique.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
9 Sep 2012 3:38PM
Don't let anyone else's views make you think twice about the way you achieve your wonderful images, Ade, everything you do is 'above board', you don't harm the critters, and you make sure they are recovered and off back to the wild with no side effects. There's nothing wrong with doing what you do, I myself have never anaesthetised anything, but do confess to putting the odd unruly critter in the 'fridge for a few minutes to cool its ardour Smile
A lovely image today, have to admit, I didn't realise it was yours because the subject was so far away Grin Carol
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
9 Sep 2012 4:04PM
Not quite got the head detail Ade but like it in the flower.

Re your method of using anaesthetic on insects, that decision can only rest with you.
Everybody has different views but I don't like it myself. People can argue that insects get killed or injured in all kinds of situations but that is lifes natural accidental happenings.
If some of your specimens die or remain permanently damaged you must bear in mind you that you were responsible, it would not be accidental.
So as I said before it's on your shoulders if you are willing to risk death or damage to specimens for the sake of a photograph, it's your call.
carper123 Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 4:27PM
Great detail and clarity, a fantastic capture, Ade, up to your usual high standard, a cracker.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmile
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
9 Sep 2012 7:31PM
Nuff said Ade, your a master at this and an enviromentalist !!!
9 Sep 2012 9:37PM
Anyway whats wrong with flower pictures? Wink Cute hedgepiggy!!

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 10:47PM

Quote: taking images of flowers.......Fat Chance

Yeah, what's wrong with taking images of flowers???????????????
Tibetan 7 3 England
10 Sep 2012 5:41PM
Spot on brilliant shot very much liked and I can't see any dust at all lol. a nice natural looking shot! cheers! regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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