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Copyright: Caroline Mousel (pirate--s) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 4 N: 135] (880)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 60mm EF-S f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-01 0:41
Viewed: 3516
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

True flies are insects of the Order Diptera (Greek: di = two, and pteron = wing), possessing a single pair of wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax. The common housefly is a true fly and is one of the most widely distributed animals.

The presence of a single pair of wings distinguishes true flies from other insects with "fly" in their name, such as mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, stoneflies, whitefly, fireflies, alderflies, dobsonflies, snakeflies, sawflies, caddisflies, butterflies or scorpionflies. Some true flies have become secondarily wingless, especially in the superfamily Hippoboscoidea, or among those that are inquilines in social insect colonies.

It is a large order, containing an estimated 240,000 species of mosquitos, gnats, midges and others, although under half of these (about 120,000 species) have been described [1]. It is one of the major insect orders both in terms of ecological and human (medical and economic) importance. The Diptera, in particular the mosquitoes (Culicidae), are of great importance as disease transmitters, acting as vectors for malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, yellow fever and other infectious diseases

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you show great and interesting details of the fly.
perfect choice of DOF ! like the pose and the very easy, minimalistic composition, the almost silhouette-like subject. and a lot of calm white empty space.
well seen and good work.
take care.
merci - carole

Salut Caroline,
Très réussi pour une composition inhabituelle, les détails de la mouches sont impressionnant, j'aime bien le BG qui met bien l'insecte en evidence

Hi Caroline,
Nice macro with an excellent POV. Interesting composition. Well done.


Very good, crisp clear macro of this pesky thing. One of our 6 sons has a reputation for catching them with is hand before they can budge a wing. It is his call to fame. Nice shot. Nothing missing:-)


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-01 14:46]

Hello Caroline

Excellent DOF and POV on this shot The fly is in focus with sharp detail.The lighting is very well done.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


Excelente enfoque y originalidad en la elección del hábitat. Ideal para dar una clase explicando qué es la profundidad de campo. Pose del insecto preciosa. Fondo correcto. Una gran toma !.

Saludos Caroline.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-02 3:08]

Caroline, Excellent closeup and lovely macro shot. The shot is fantastic and you have managed to capture it very well. Excellent POV. Ganesh

hello caroline,
fine macro shot of the fly, good sharp image, the light fg and bg makes the insect standout in the picture, liked the way have focused here, nice pov, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

salut caroline
a bottom which gives contrast with the black of the fly, super clearness, a beautiful capture

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-03 3:03]

Hi Caroline,
striking image, your DOF is shallow but very precise, it works very well. Nice composition and low POV. Well seen.

Wow saugud!
what a DOF exactly what you need!
perfect sharpness!
great compo with rule of third

I'm jealous of your lens and your expertise in using it. You've really put us in the fly's world. Excellent POV. Almost like a B&W. Well done.


Hello Caroline awsome DOF and great composition the fine focus really is well done and I like the sharpness the contrasty light works well showing the almost silouetting tfs rgds Necip.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-03 12:24]

Hi Caroline

Stunning POV! Perfect DOF as well, I love the thin slice of sharp detail drawing the eye. I never knew a fly shot could be so artistic



Hello Caroline,
Amazing details in the insect!
I like the composition, it is original and stands out well!
Pablo -

Hello Caroline,

A very interesting picture of the common housefly! I like the DOF which is very well visible. The composition is excellent! I've never seen a picture where the area of sharp focus was used as a guideline to lead the eyes to the subject. This is an original idea which makes you stand out as a photographer. I wonder if you blurred this area behind the fly? From a chromatic POV there isn't much to say about this picture. The color palette was kept to a minimum. I would have increased the exposure a bit so that more details were visible on the fly's face. You did a great job here Caroline. Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-10 8:09]

Hi Caroline.
I like your creative shot of the common insect. Pictured scene is amazing as well as the skillfulness of the execution. I like your precisely selected DOF. Result is so impressive. Sharpness and details of the fly and sharp "strip" are superb . Lighting and pleasant colour palette are fine too. Bravo and TFS. Refined work.

hello CARO
super cette présentation,peu commune, comme quoi il ne faut pas grand chose, juste avoir l'idée, bonne réussite de cette prise, bravo et merci a toi

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