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By RAPjones
Hoverfly, Eupeodes luniger
This is about as straight and scientific an image that I've produced. I would like to point out that this fly is alive and kicking (that's why I chose an image with its leg moving) AND I would like to point out that I did not stick a pin in it's body or meddle with it at all. I did, however move the 'mini studio' to the yard where these insects were in abundance...
I just wish I had owned my better macro lens at the time so I could have got closer instead of cropping in.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: andylea, Janice20, skewey and 22 more

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22 Apr 2011 8:05PM
Wow! Amazing detail.

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whipspeed Plus
13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2011 8:16PM
Very good, thanks for the explaination, much harder to do it like this than hang a dead one from a bit of cotton Smile
22 Apr 2011 8:19PM
Superb capture, well timed.................

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2011 8:27PM
You've presented a very good image! IB
JackieB Plus
7 18 3 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2011 9:17PM

Eviscera Plus
11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2011 9:31PM
Thats a great in flight shot , what was the shutter speed Smile
22 Apr 2011 10:10PM
Very impressive capture,
johnnyboy114 Plus
9 231 106 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2011 10:31PM
That is STUNNING! Like I have said before, macro isn't usually my thing and I am not usually that bothered by wildlife images on the whole... not because I don't appreciate them, mainly because my interests lie elsewhere with photography, so I don't feel I am qualified to comment......but with your stuff, I just can't help it as you always seem to take macro stuff to a different level and see something else entirely different. This is no exception and must have taken a huge amount of time and patience to get the right image and boy, was it worth it! What a stunning bit of photography! Absolutely bang on the button....beautiful, detailed, superbly timed and highly skilled....just bloody fantastic!
23 Apr 2011 12:03AM
this is a fake just typed in hoverfly and yours must be dead on a piece of glass does not match the other pics at all nice try.

Quote:This is a fake just typed in hoverfly and yours must be dead on a piece of glass does not match the other pics at all nice try.

Tut tut Shaun, just got in from the pub? one shandy too many? feeling a little boisterous?
23 Apr 2011 8:51AM
A superb macro shot of something which is very difficult to capture.
23 Apr 2011 9:53AM

Quote:this is a fake just typed in hoverfly and yours must be dead on a piece of glass does not match the other pics at all nice try

Haha! Grin ...I thought someone might accuse me of such a heinous crime! Wink
No, this really is not a fake and I really did move the backdrop and minireflecters to the yard. Let's just say it's a freak of nature and some good fortune... Insects loose their iridescence when dead and they don't tend to move Tongue Furthermore, if anyone has tried cutting out in photoshop they would know that it's impossible to cut out a hair that's one pixel wide...

PS: Many thanx for your comments and votes, photobuds.
23 Apr 2011 10:08AM
PPS: can i have my vote now, Shaun Wink
23 Apr 2011 12:07PM
no vote im afraid cant see how you manage to freeze the wings of a hover fly and catch a twitch of a leg inflight . look at the photo chase of two butterflies he hasnt frose their wings at 2500/sec also the legs are not tucked up the wings inthe wrong postion also the right wing is damaged the only time insects twitch is when they are stunned.unless you can prove otherwise no vote.
23 Apr 2011 2:17PM
That's fine, Shaun, I can live without the vote. I'm just having a bit of fun... You'd have to be closer to 1/4000th to start to freeze it's wings. The fact is, I didn't stun it or interfear with nature. I just prefer to leave some of my techniques to the lateral thinking of others. It was literally a freak of nature...
if you have a look at my ladybird on the buttercup it is in fact dead,dont worry i found it that way by my house lol,but the colours are not as good if it was alive,brill photo well captured.
8 May 2011 7:29PM
I dont care if it's a fake or not! It's a great picture with very good macro detail. You have my vote! (pity the far wing is damaged though!)
11 May 2011 11:46PM
Thanks for your comments guys... The far wing is probably damaged because these guys were swarming and getting trapped under a transparent plastic roof in my yard... they just constantly bash at it and buzz all over the place...

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