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Shit Fly

Shit Fly
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Copyright: Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Hama Close-up +2
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 18:20
Viewed: 11424
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Yellow Dung fly Scatophaga stercoraria, a male of the breed. These flies are 8-9 mm long. Males are covered with golden yellow fur. Females are greyish and less furry. They live in places where there is dung from horses and cows across Europe, according to the information I've been able to find. From my own observations I can add, that they also seem to thrive very well on dog shit, which is the diet our local ones mainly have to live on..
Adults fly for much of the year; preying on other flies on cow-dung. Adults develop in cow-pats.
There are a large number of flies which are commonly associated with dung. In the north temperate areas (that's most of Europe and a fair portion of North America) this means mostly cow, horse, pig and sheep dung. The Sepsidae and Borboridae feed on the dung as both larvae and adults and various species from both families will make up most of the small black flies which fly up if you disturb a fresh cow pat. The Scatophagidae are the Dung-flies (i.e. the yellow and grey hairy flies you can find all over grassy fields). The Common Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria is a typical example of this family and though their larva feed on the dung. The adults are predatory and feed on other flies which have come to the dung to feed.
As you can see in this photo, they have quite a honker (correct terminology would make that a probosis) with which to feed on any juicy dollop of dung they may pass by ;-))
Treatment: Crop, brightness +5, contrast +10, saturation +10, USM and resize.

PDP, TAZ, carper, Callie, mogens-j, japie, danbachmann, Esox, gerhardt, Luc has marked this note useful
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very nice and clear spot on DOF, the detail is the grass stem is good too ;0))))#
Nice one as usual bente.

Great macro Bente.
Very sharp and very nice color.
Good composition.
A very good note as usual

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-07-31 2:02]

Good macro. Very sharp and very nice color.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-31 3:25]

It was funny to read that title. It's not a sh*t picture, it's excellent. Such detail - light is excellent as is the composition. It's all good.

Points tomorrow.

Funny, not allowed to write sh*t in the critique, it gets funnier.

An interesting composition, with a very good management of the DOF. Focus is perfectly done, good job !

Well, if it's not allowed to say "shit" maybe the way my father would say in French? ;o)

The image is really excellent, but the fly looks horrible so close... Reminds me of that movie with Jeff Goldblum where in a man was physically and mentally transforming into a fly. (Brrrr...) Great work Bente!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-31 13:03]

I would say you did everything right! How would it looked mirrored, looking up? Just a suggestion.

Very crispy shot Bente - Colours and dof are spot on. The composition is perfect. Do I have to say that the note is very informative too;-).

  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 17:03]

WOW Another place to come knocking for help on macro work. This is stunning work and there is nothing negative to say about this. is feet looks like he stepped in something (wonder what it could be) and his mother makes him wipe his feet when he gets home:)

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-08-03 12:34]

A wonderful macro shot, with incredible details!
Good diagonal composition.
Nice one!

I missed this masterpiece, So sorry. This is a remarkable piece of work. Very high standard close-up. Everything perfect. Nice note too. No sh*t posted here today.

Very creative title what can I say, so unlike the epithet the image is worth... Thank for a great photo and a comprehensive note... You are really inspiring ... I`ve discovered you and your images scrolling trough marhowie`s favourites I knew his standards are high ... With your permission you are on my favourites as well ... Cheers for sharing your collection !

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-26 21:39]

What a macro here, Bente. Once more, an excellent job to show us the "beastie" above.

P.S.: I've been having some serious problems regarding my connection. If I "disappear", be sure I'll be back to check your photos as soon as possible.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-03 21:40]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Bente.

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