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Blue Flight

By celestun
A hoverfly feeding on Blue Alkanet flowers...

This was taken after a rain shower, in very poor light... I had no flash or tripod, so used my knees instead!

Provence 2007

Large Version is Highly Recommended!

1/160 @ f5 ISO 400

If you like these translucent wings please check out a series I am working on of "backlit butterflies"... HERE on EPZ

Tags: Flowers Flight Blue Hoverfly Close-up and macro Detail Wing Elegant Hover Transparent Translucent Alkanet Wildlife and nature

Voters: jeanie, bfgstew, starliz and 24 more

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bfgstew 14 668 105 England
5 Jun 2007 7:15PM
Detail is superb, such a good capture considering no tripod.
jeanie Plus
17 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 7:16PM
The wings are wonderful.. love the colours in them. Super stuff.

jaspernina 14 1.0k Wales
5 Jun 2007 7:17PM
Fantastic detail and vibrant colours.


webjam 16 292 11 Netherlands
5 Jun 2007 7:34PM
Superb picture - love those transparant wings - so beautiful. Great that you were able to made the shot with the purple flower as a background - really adds to the image!
Rachy1821 14 3 England
5 Jun 2007 7:43PM
Absolutely stunning image brilliant detail, love it!!

proberts 17 218 4 Wales
5 Jun 2007 7:49PM
Cracking shot and detail Tim.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
5 Jun 2007 7:56PM
Nice detail on those pretty wings Tim,very good colour combination.
KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 182 England
5 Jun 2007 8:03PM
It's what knees were made for! Smile
This is a lovely shot, I love the colours in the flower and fly (especially on the wings). You've caught it perfectly.
5 Jun 2007 9:13PM
excellent work

Topo 13 England
5 Jun 2007 9:38PM
Truely beautiful - excellent - thank you ! Mandi
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 10:47PM
Definitely the arthritis in later years will be worth the effort Tim! Wink

Really great image under the circumstances. A little noisy maybe which surprises me for ISO 400 on the 30D, but then maybe it's because of the poor light , perhaps image reduction for EPZ contributes or is this a tight crop?

The wings are captured perfectly, translucent, but at the same time the angle of the light against them is perfect to bring out that er... translucent wing effect!?! You know what I mean I'm sure! Smile

I am presuming you still normally shoot handheld with the new lens Tim? I've still reliant on my monopod... not been brave enough to try handheld for ages now!

This one sure passes the test for sharpness!
5 Jun 2007 10:48PM
Brilliant work, fab image,
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 10:54PM
Thank you all for your kind comments on this one!

John, the arthritis is already settling in I am sad to say!

The crop is about 70% of the original, so not that tight. Noise reduction doesn't seem to work too well in the shadows and despite the appearance of light here, there really wasn't much!

I will have to try a monopod one of these days! ;o)


fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 11:11PM
Couldn't live without mine now tim. Travels the world with me now!
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 1:06AM
GlenD 14 United States
6 Jun 2007 6:44AM
Stunning detail!
Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 8:37AM
I think this is beautiful, the colours are so the intricate detail of the wings too.

ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2007 11:08AM
Razor sharp body and wing detail.
Tony_Baloni 15 9 2 Scotland
18 Jun 2007 6:58PM
Yee Ha...! Your lens Works... Lol.

Sharply Detailed & Sharply Focused it's also Sharp... Ha ha ha.

I've been toying with buying a longer macro lens and keep changing between the Tamron you have and both the Sigma 150mm & 180mm. Just when I've about settled on one a shot like this comes along and tips the balance.

I'll not be deciding this week then... Ho ho ho.

Brilliant Shot...!


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