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By brian1208
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)

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Gary_Williams, cameraman, billma and 29 more

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16 Apr 2004 7:54AM
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 Plus
13 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
16 Apr 2004 7:56AM
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.

16 Apr 2004 8:12AM
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
Amazing Brian, very well done indeed.
julesm Plus
13 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 8:29AM
Well Caught
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 8:30AM
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.

16 Apr 2004 8:50AM
Brilliant shot Brian. Click.
16 Apr 2004 9:06AM
Spectacular shot. I'm impressed.
16 Apr 2004 9:23AM
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..

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 9:59AM
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

csurry Plus
15 9.2k 92
16 Apr 2004 10:54AM
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
16 Apr 2004 10:55AM
Great shot again Brian. Still haven't had chance to catch one myself. :0(

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 11:01AM
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

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 11:02AM
I'll send you one Gavin, then you can get the "twitch" Smile Thanks for commenting

billma Plus
14 119 United States
16 Apr 2004 11:56AM
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.
16 Apr 2004 12:12PM
Wow what a capture!. Great detail and DOF.
16 Apr 2004 12:18PM
Another great capture Brian, well done.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 12:27PM
Thanks for commenting Bill, Pablo & Helen,

16 Apr 2004 12:37PM
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...)
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 1:09PM
Thanks Patricia, I will look out for it, Brian
ericfaragh Plus
14 147 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 3:31PM
Wow, you're becoming a real expert at this sort of shot, Brian. Well done.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 3:32PM
Eric, thank you, still lots to learn Smile

IanA Plus
14 3.0k 12 England
16 Apr 2004 4:26PM
Well done Brian, that persistance has paid off. The best yet, and there's been some good ones!

Ian (clicked)
proberts Plus
13 218 4 Wales
16 Apr 2004 5:13PM
well done must have alot of do you do it.well done*click*
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 6:11PM
Ian, Andrew - thank you for the positive reaction

16 Apr 2004 6:29PM
Wow! What a capture. Nice one!

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 6:30PM
Martin, thanks :0)

seven21 Plus
14 196
16 Apr 2004 6:32PM
Brilliant capture Brian - you are becomimg a specialist in these - steve
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 6:38PM
Thanks Steve, does that mean boring? LOL

Terry L Plus
14 596 5 England
16 Apr 2004 8:15PM
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.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 9:01PM
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

16 Apr 2004 9:43PM
That's it, I am definitely going to get a 300D lol. Brian you have done so well here.Love it.Click

foggytwo Plus
14 36 1 Scotland
16 Apr 2004 9:43PM
Brian,what can I say mate.Congratulations on a superb capture.Very well done.Certainly gets a click from me.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2004 9:55PM
Fran & Pete, thanks for the positive comments. Go for it Fran, mind you - the new Nikon D70 looks tasty as well

Tony_M Plus
14 342 England
16 Apr 2004 9:56PM
Seriously good photography, and a fine result of many hours waiting for the right moment. Congratulations on a great photo.
vfr400 Plus
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16 Apr 2004 10:55PM
Great persistance, incredible image well done,
I also bet this isn't the last.

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2004 7:56AM
Tony & Chris, thank you for your comments

Greyheron Plus
15 282 7 England
17 Apr 2004 11:19AM
I'd be really worried if you started giving them names 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!

17 Apr 2004 11:23AM
Nice one, Brian, click (*:*)
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2004 1:05PM
Mike - meet Horace the Hover - LOL

thanks to you and Magda for taking time to comment,

17 Apr 2004 3:13PM
Awesome capture, well shot.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2004 4:35PM
Thanks Gary

fishiee Plus
13 478 3 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2004 6:28PM
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!
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2004 6:58PM
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!

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..
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2004 6:41AM
Thanks Phil - I've now been to 1/2000, still not frozen!

Mari Plus
14 1.8k United Kingdom
19 Apr 2004 1:46PM
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!!

19 Apr 2004 2:12PM
what an amazing shot. big click from me, luv it
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2004 2:43PM
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

Mari Plus
14 1.8k United Kingdom
20 Apr 2004 6:01PM
Cor - well done Brian - i'm impressed!

brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2004 7:02PM
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


1 May 2004 9:18AM
Excellent shot
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
1 May 2004 9:25AM
Smile - thanks Mike

snapbandit Plus
13 2.2k 3 Northern Ireland
23 May 2004 5:43PM
WOW!!, macro/insect type shots are not something I have really ever tried but this must have been so difficult!!

super shot, inspirational.


Joe B
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
23 May 2004 6:00PM
Thanks Joe, I'm told it gets easier - eventually Smile

1 Apr 2005 1:31PM
Ahhhh, found one. This is great, you should have a ball with these this year!
1 Apr 2005 2:40PM
Another brilliant capture.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 12:40PM
Thanks Lauren + Jean, I hadn't spotted your comments

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