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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): FLY-MOUCHE, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-23 1:25
Viewed: 10069
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 132
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again,
I'm happy to be back here at TN,
not realy very happy to be back in the coldness of Germany, the temperatur was so wonderful in Egypt.
And look what I catched for you ...
A lovely hoverfly with striped eyes.
It's Eristalinus taeniops - thanks to Marcello - marcellr for the identification.

We had a fantastic time during the last 20 days.
Egypt and his history is so interesting.
But also nature is amazing, even in the desert there is life.

So thanks for looking and enjoy the Christmas-days.
Merry Christmas to you all ...

ramthakur, nick27, extramundi, marhowie, anel, SelenE, jcoowanitwong, jaycee, Alex99, taba, Juyona, XOTAELE, loot, Silke, hester, mariki, valy67, Necipp, haraprasan, mlines, Tobias__Ortmann, bobcat08, liziafa, anilnediyara, sranjan has marked this note useful
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Sabine, you have excelled yourself as a nature photographer with this well neigh impossible capture of a Hoverfly while it is in flight. Goodness gracious, what a magical capture of those eyes!
Your visit to Egypt must have been a great experience and really fruitful, going by the amazing picture you share with us today.
Thanks for sharing.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hello Sabine and welcome back!!!
The quality of this picture is fantastic! So mobile species, so fast and so small, and... so sharp and detailed! Great work! DOF, sharpness and colours are amazing (my favourite are eyes of course :>).
Have a nice Sunday and Merry Christmas!

Hi Sabine,
Its great to have you back and this photo shows exactly why we missed you! Great detail and superb POV.
Well Done and Merry Christmas,
Nick :-)

amazing pic, no need for the frame, greetings Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-23 2:32]

Hello Sabine,
An amazing capture of an Egyptian hoverfly while hovering. The sharpness is impressive, as are the eyes.
I have often thought of experiencing both the history and wildlife of Egypt...who knows?
Thanks for sharing this beauty!
Merry Christmas to you and you husband,

What a beautiful capture, it is impressing, really.
Merry Christmas to you too.
Best regards, Felipe.

Hello Sabine,
You are back with an amazing in-flight shot.
WoW! Wonderful! You've captured this tiny little fella with perfect focusing and fine DOF.
Also, amazing POV & composition here.
Very well captured and TFS,
Best wishes,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-23 3:28]

Hi Sabine
Fantastic in-flight shot, fantastic sharp capture of head and eyes, great work!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-23 3:51]

Bonjour Wishnu,

Une belle prise,le focus est bien réalisé et les détails sont extras.
Félicitations et Joyeuses Fêtes.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-23 3:58]

Good morning Sabine!
What a smashing shot!
The POV is incredible!
Amazing sharpness and clarity.
Great composition.
Just fantastic!
Very well done,

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas :)

hello sabine,
i am glad to see you back and what a comeback shot, the flying insect has been capturerd very well, liked the pov and the composition, excellent sharpness,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wish you and your family merry christmas

Hi sabine ,

Is this hower fly coming to greet us for Christmas ??? A lovely action shot frozen, The eyes are hypnotizing , Nothing more i can say on this picture except AMAZING & jaw dropping action shot of such a tiny flyer.

Thx for this Christmas gift , merry Christmas to you & ur family.


Wow Sabine! Dynamic image, very close.
Love the head-on POV...and those eyes are simply fantastic.
I've only one image like this in my archives..I like yours much better :)
Merry Christmas!

I Sabine,
What an amazing capture, how do you do that? This is so sharp and not easy to do in-flight like this. This is so funny because it really looks like an Egyptian insect, lol! A great shot, welcome back!

Hi Sabine,
I add my praise! Absolutely crazy but successful portrait of a fly never seen before.
My best wishes to you. Happy holidays,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-23 5:58]

Hello Sabine ! Great inflight shot ! Good to have you back ! Fantastic shot ! Thanks, have a wonderful Christmas time !


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-23 6:07]

hallo Sabine,
Welch interssantes und nicht leicht zu realisierendes Bild. Gratuliere. Erinnert im übrigen an aegyptische Dekorationen. Welch feine Farben und die schöne Transparenz der Flügel.
Ich wünsch Dir und den Deinen ein schönes Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins 2008.
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-23 6:28]

Hi Sabine,
Welcome back, I'm glad you had a great time in Egypt.
This is a great in-flight capture of this hoverfly. I liked the full frontal POV a lot and the eyes look amazing. Well done and TFS
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :o)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-23 6:49]

Hi Sabine,
Welcome back!!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you.
Outstanding in-flight shot of this hoverfly with such gorgeous eyes. You have freezed the action very well. Great use of flash and a fabulous looking BG enhances the beauty of the image. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Sabine,
A wonderful present from Egypt. Great action shot. Very well done. Merry Christmas to you.

Ciao Sabine,
una foto veramente magnifica e non facile da realizzare!
La messa a fuoco del capo e degli stranissimi occhi è perfetta.

Determinare un insetto da questa prospettiva è un'impresa assai difficile e spesso azzardata.
Ma, in questo caso, siamo fortunati.
Gli occhi zebrati di questo dittero Syrphidae sono davvero inconfondibili.
Si tratta di Eristalinus taeniops (Wiedemann 1818), presente in Europa e anche in Africa Settentrionale.
Puoi vedere numerose immagini di confronto in questa pagina web.
Posso aggiungere che si tratta di un maschio.
La femmina, infatti, ha gli occhi divisi da una larga banda interoculare (vedi questa immagine).
Ancora Buon Natale,

bonjour sabine
heureux de ton retour,marqué par cette superbe mouche en vol et le plus fort de face!
tres grand retour.
passe de bonnes fêtes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-23 9:28]

Hi Sabine,

Welcome Home. Glad you had such a great trip - Egypt is on my list of must visits.

I don't know how you did this! This little fly in flight, heading straight towards you. Fantastic. Such wonderful colors and details! I love the stripes and those wings. Amazing.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-23 10:46]

Hi Sabine.
Thanks for this unique masterpiece and kind wishes. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too.

What can I say? It is fantastic and it is fantastic skill. Eye-contact is outstanding as well as the timing. But what is the end of this photo story? Is your camera OK?
Bravo and kind regards.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-12-23 11:15]

Hi Wishnugaruda
I allways try hard to take a photo like this, with the insect flying... and I'll keep trying...
fantastic !
the sharpness is great even in these circumstances...and you got a great light, POV and DOF..


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-23 11:25]

Hello Sabine

I am scratching my head in disbelief.What a great capture.
A wonderful well-timed shot capturing excellent detail and motion.
The lighting and colours are superbly handled.
Great job.


Hi Sabine,

Good to see you back. Haven't been around myself much either :). Stunning shot, looks almost surreal.
Well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-23 13:48]

Hi Sabine

Very nice to see you back! I trust you had the best time there! And i also hope you've returned with lots of great photos :)
This is a magnificent macro taken from a very rare POV - full frontal on a flying insect is something i've seen on very few occasion.
That is what makes it special i think :)
I also like the stripes on this fly's eyes very much and of course teh grat sharpness and magnification.
Wonderful work!

Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-23 15:01]

Hola Sabine,
magnífica captura y sensacional pov,
increible trabajo,
Merry Christmas¡¡¡

Hola Sabine.
Una captura fabulosa.
Magnífica macro, con unos detalles increíbles.
Un cordial saludo y mis mejores deseos para ustedes en estas fechas tan entrañables. Juan Luis.

Hello Sabine,
This is a nice hover!
Amazing eyes indeed, but I'm pretty sure the stripes serve some to me unknown purpose...
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-12-24 6:34]

Glad to see you again!
Wonderful capture!
Merry Christmas to you and yours too

Thank you for sharing this and so many more wonderful captures all the long year

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-24 11:05]

Hi Sabine

Welcome back and Merry Christmas

Wonderful in flight shot! Sharp details on the body and lovely movement on the winges. Amazing POV and stunning DOF



Hi Sabine, nice see you again, splendid portrait of flying hoverfly with wonderful eyes, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-25 0:47]

Hi Sabine

Thanks for this beautiful gesture and for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

Hi Wishnu ,
Perfect shot with great BG.

Thanks for sharing

Hello Sabine,

Great portrait of this hoverfly. Beautiful sharp eyes and very nice natural colours.
Well done,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-12-25 10:47]

Bonjour Sabine
Très belle prise, très bon détails et couleurs.
Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année
Amicalement Robi

Hello Sabine, this shot is simply outstanding !!!!
what a fabulous focus and marvellous colors,
a great cheer,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-26 10:33]

Hallo Sabine !
Dieses insekt ist so schön, besonders seine Augen ! Die details sind auch perfekt, der Hintergrund ist toll, die Farben sind wunderbar. Ich mag auch die Komposition (ich hoffe, dass es das richtige Wort ist :-) des Bildes und der POV (da kenne ich das deutsche Wort icht :-). Vielen Dank, und schöne Grüsse für das neue Jahr.

Hello Wishnu an exclent sharp head very shallow DOF considering you were at f18, nicely composed. Have a great New year rgds Necip.

WooW sabine what a BEAUTY
Excellen inflight shot of this Hooverfly
Superb timing, lighting and POV
Best wishes and healt for 2008

TFS Thijs

Hi Sabine,
Thanks for the wishes. WOW! this is what I call a flying action. Just excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Mais comment cela est il possible de prendre cette photo..
Félicitation.. elle est très réussie..

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-28 10:39]

Hi Sabine,
incredibly dynamic and eye catching shot! Your head on POV looks very difficult to obtain and you done a great job getting it! Sharp detail and perfect DOF on the body, very well done and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-12-29 12:05]

Hello Sabine,
Welcome back and thank you for this funny shot.
What a fantastic POV. Just have to laugh looking at it. Impressive sharpness at this bomb flying straight at you, and good rendition of the wings.
Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy 2008!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-12-30 9:56]

Bonjour Sabine, welcome back with a difficult subject: insects in flight!! I know that a lot!! This capture is overall!! and more surprising is the speed, only 1/200 sec!! congratulations and Happy new year for you and your family, Didier.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-31 20:30]

Hi Wishnu. Good clear photo of this hoverfly. It is an angle which shows how stramlined they are. Beautiful clarity. TFS. Murray.

WOW! what a cracking good in-flight capture. Focus hits the right target. Excellent work Wishnu.

this is excelent. Superb POV and fine coloure. I see you are back and it is good. Too much sun can make you ill :-)) And too much honey and milk can make you lazy .


Hi sabine super Bild
ausergewöhnlic,dass du trotz dieser schnellen bewegungen trozdem noch so viel schärfe und detail hinbekommen hast
danke für uploaden

Hello Sabine,
Great capture - how difficult was it to get it?
TFS, shir

hi sabine!
an amazing shot!

Hello Wishnu,

What a magical capture of those eyes. How is this possible. What can be the nature wonderful and unbelievable beautiful! I wonder how the picture had been with a higher shutter speed. But I´m also satisfied (-: Well done. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day and TFS BOB

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-09 12:14]

WOW!! How did you do it?! How amazing a shot!! I'm really impressed.

Hi Wishnu,
Beautiful composition, colours,sharp and details.
Well done!!!
TFS Malgosia

Hello Wishnu.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hola Sabine,
Impresionante captura, excelente nitidez y detalles conseguidos, preciosa luz y color, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Sabine,
Is a awesome capture, an insect in flight with perfect focus on head!!! i´m without words. 10 points job

Hi Sabine,

This is a great shot, got him head on :) I missed it earlier but it is better late than never.
TFS Regards

Dear Sabine,
Superb macro with excellent details. Wish you happy Christmas days ahead. TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-08 2:01]

Hi sabine, this is really a splendid shot. the clarity is excellent inspite of the movement. the beauty also lies in the motion blur of the wings, really lovely capture. You have displayed your skill excellently and the moment is well captured.


One of the best made picture seen in my life.No coment.Regards.Alin.

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  • henkv (67)
  • [2009-11-30 20:36]

wow what can I say, you inspire me

Dear Sabine,
A brilliant action photo of this Hoverfly. It is mentioned in many documentaries about animal Behaviour BATESIAN MIMICRY i.e. pretending to be something/somebody you are not to save your life.

You really have developed macro photography to a fine art - and the "aerial" is quite amazing, like the periscope of a submarine.

Your photographic technique is perfect, it is a pleasure to watch your fly fly :)) - and I add it to my favorites.

I thank you also for your comments to the (smoking) Ground Hornbill

Have a nice week-end
Warm Regards

wowww.Great shot.

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