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Platycheirus albimanus

Platycheirus albimanus
Photo Information
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: 2009-04-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies (Syrphidae) of Belgium, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1, My Personal Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-06 9:28
Viewed: 4370
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Platycheirus albimanus (Fabricius, 1781)
This is a small Syrphidae of 7-10mm length. The imago flight from April to October and feeds from pollen of various flowers, including Taraxacum officinale, like on this shot. The larva feeds on aphids.
Il s’agit d’un petit syrphe de 7 à 10 mm de long. L’imago vole d’avril à octobre et se nourrit du pollen de diverses fleurs, y compris des pissenlits (Taraxacum officinale), comme ici. La larve se nourrit d’aphides.

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To foozi: I was lucky...CatherineD 1 05-10 15:16
To boreocypriensis: Thank you!CatherineD 1 05-06 14:24
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Great action capture of the insect and it's intended target Catherine. Beautifully composed and captured with the perfect DOF. TFS.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-06 10:07]

Hi Catherine,
Excellent in flight close up.Sharpness,details,colors and compostion are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

I know how hard is to take these pictures! I congratulate you on this one.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-05-06 11:13]

Hello Catherine,
I think the 'dart' will meet the centre resulting in a direct hit :-D
You caught the moment precisely and show the flying fly with appropriate sharpness.
Colours and geometric composition of the picture are nice.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Catherine

Wow this is a magnificent capture of the hoverfly. I love the colors that match perfectly. You have managed a great exposure, sharpness, pov, infocus foreground. 10 out of 10! Well done and thanks for sharing this with us. Will add this to my favorite pictures...


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-06 12:37]

Hi Catherine . I knew this was one of your pictures by the bright colourful flower . as always with fine detail with the hoverfly on its way to feed. very good timing to capture this just at the right time. A good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hi Catherine,
Amazing details for a flying insect. Warm colors. TFS. Regards

Hi Catherine,
An awesome macro capture of a hoverfly in-flight from nice POV with excellent details and nice composition. TFS and cheers,

PS. since i am in trip to SE and E Anatolia (that i have not get time for internet), i also missed your so many wonderful shots. Sorry...

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-05-06 19:07]

Hola Catherine.
It is not easy to have such a lovley and fine photos like this one. You did and excellent work here. Very sharp and great colors and BG.
The insect and flower are just beautiful

hello Catherine
wonderful scene,with very fine colours,details and sharpness,
perfect glance

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-05-07 2:29]

Merhaba Catherine,
Harika bir makro; renkler, netlik ve detaylar, pozlama çok mükemmel.
Tebrik ederim.

It's a wonderfull capture. A great action macro photo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-07 10:22]

Hello Catherine,
Great macro in excellent sharp details and very beautiful contrasting colours. Very good POV, composition and OOF BG.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-07 23:49]
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Hi Catherine,
such an excellent shot. A great skill and great patience is needed here. Lovely composition with the moment well captured in great precision.
Congratulation for such an excellent piece of art.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-22 9:16]

Hi Catherine.
It is simply great shot. Pictured scene is sweet as well as framing and composition. Colours, details of the fine flower and cute hoverfly and smoothness of the BG are amazing. Timing is precise and sharpness of the insect is ultimate. Bravo and thanks for sharing of such impressive masterpiece.

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