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Long Snout
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-26 9:20
Viewed: 4402
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rhingia campestris is a species of hoverfly, some 7 to 11mm in length, with a wing span from 12 to 18mm. It is not un-common in many parts of Europe from March until November. It has a broad orange abdomen with a black line along the sides (the black line is absent along the sides of Rhingia rostrata), and has the distinctive long snout of all Rhingia species. Larvae are associated with cow dung. Adults feed on nectar and pollen. (Wikipedia)
La Rhingie champêtre (Rhingia campestris) est un syrphe de 7 à 11mm de long et d’une envergure de 12 à 18mm. Elle est assez courante en Europe de mars à novembre. Elle a un abdomen orangé avec une ligne noire sur les côtés (absente dans l’espèce Rhingia rostrata) et un long nez caractéristique des espèces de Rhingia. La larve se nourrit d’excréments de bovins. Les adultes de nectar de fleurs.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-26 9:24]

Hello Catherine,

I am alois impressed by the wonderfull soft light you render in your photos and the extreme sharpness. This is a new example of your excelent skill in taking close-up photos. No need to do the usual comments. I like it!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-26 9:24]

Hello Catherine,
Beautiful and interesting close-up for this hoverfly ! Focus is spot on the insect. Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-26 9:39]

hi catherine,
amazing hoverfly, captured well, so delicate this is, lovely light, details and perfect bg.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-26 9:59]

Hi Catherine,
Outstanding shot of this hoverfly in a fantastic pose on this pink flower. Immaculate sharpness and clarity with beautiful lighting. The DOF and POV are well chosen and the BG looks classic. Very nicely composed. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Catherine
Beautiful. Perfect sharpness, interesting POV, great OOF homogenous background Nothing to critique
Best wishes

Hi Catherine.

another nice looking, razor sharp and good composed picture. Great POV on the profile of this strange looking fly, nice smooth but intensive colours. well done!


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-26 11:54]

Hola Catherine, excelente macro, con una bonita composición, buena definición y detalle.
El fondo es muy bonito tonos suaves que hacen destacar mas el motivo. Un saludo

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-08-26 12:20]

Hi Catherine

the beauty of it! Wonderfully composed this fly on a Holcus flower with the spider thread. Lokks like an aereal act. I always wondered about the utility of the elaborate snout, but I have no answer so far.
Best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-26 12:40]

Hi Catherine. A good side view in this unusual hovefly. You have taken this with your fine style , which has given sharp focusing and detail with rich colours. a nice POV.DOF. well done TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-26 12:46]

Hello Catherine,
This is most impressive, details of the Hover Fly are crystal clear and very nice indeed. I like its pose on the pretty wet flower. Lovely natural colours too and a smooth background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-26 13:09]

Hello Catherine,
Very good sharpness and composition only during process blurring BG remained traces.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Catherine.
Great shot!
Excellent chromatism and luminosity.
Beautiful nuance in BG. Pleasant composition.
Very well done!
José Roberto

Hi Catherine,

Excellent POV, DOF, BG and focus
Perfect details and colors

TFS Thijs

Hello Catherine. This Canon optics did wonders in your hand. Super sharp copy focused to perfection. I like the look of the compound eye that really pops. Nicely silenced green background provides excellent and yet pleasing contrast to the image. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-27 1:25]

Salut Catherine,je peu pas y croire!Les details de cette syrphe sont incroyables,une photo d'exceptionelle qualite',je sais pas comme tu as fais a faire ca sans la lumiere directe du soleil!! Un travail tres professionel,mes plus gros compliments,Luciano

Hi Catherine, great macro with wonderful colors and fantastic details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-27 5:24]

Hello Catherine,
This Hover fly is looking real and alive. Superb macro and one of the best in all respect. Colors are very attractive.
Thanks for sharing

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-27 13:16]

Hi Catherine,
brilliant macro of this unusual fly.
The composition is top-class!
Superb detail and sharpness.
Great DOF.

Well done,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-27 13:33]

Wow, Catherine!

Another superb, razor sharp macro of fly! Insect looks fantastic. Composition with green BG is great. I'm really surprised that woman prefers flies over butterflies :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-27 14:51]

Hi Catherine

Just a quick one now...trying to catch up after my trip last week :)

I see you've become an expert with that splendid macro lens of yours and produced here an amazing close-up of this interesting fly.
The details are remarkable and the texture they retain from the hoverly is terrific! Your side POV is great for such a shot and the shallow DOF works perfectly for both the subject and the BG.

Bravo and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-27 21:44]

Hello Catherine, Superb shot and wonderful. I notice that there is water droplets on the flower. The shot is well composed and very sharp Ganesh

Hello Catherine,

Skillful macro work!
The insect is captured with superb details, and the DoF spot on isolates the subject very well...
A fine composition, and the colour palette is balanced and attractive to my eyes!

Pablo -

Bonjour Catherine,

Très bonne photo de ce syrphe. Excellent angle de vue. Grande netteté. L'exposition est excellente également. Superbes couleurs. J'ai vu ce syrphe pour la première fois cette année, mais il a été trop vite pour moi. Mais maintenant je sais ou le trouver pour l'année prochaine.
Bonne journée,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-13 14:00]

Bonjour Catherine,quel beau spécimen et quelle belle macro! Le piqué est super et l'exposition parfaite, le fond flou et uni offre une superbe toile de fond, bravo!


Impressive, clear and vivid! Some noise could be avoided by selective sharpening. We have the same cameras and I know how difficult it is. Good shot my friend.

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