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Helophilus pendulus

Helophilus pendulus
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-18 1:32
Viewed: 4105
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ireland in October means that you can observe only a limited number of insect species and individuals. Among them was this hoverfly
- Helophilus pendulus
- family: Syrphidae

German: Gemeine Sumpfschwebfliege

Species information
The species is common in Europe and temperate Asia and it occurs in the lowlands as well as in mountain areas. You can find it on flowers and leafs in all kind of habitats. Body length varies between 8 and 14 mm.

At the west coast of Ireland, near Spiddal west of Galway.

- bright natural light (ISO 200)
- no wind
- handheld

* Haupt J. & Haupt H. (1998) Fliegen und Mücken - Beobachtung, Lebensweise. - Naturbuch Verlag, Augsburg.
* Bellmann H. (1999) Der neue Kosmos-Insektenführer. - Franckh Kosmos-Verlag, Stuttgart.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-18 1:36]

Hi Peter,it's a very perfect close-up,impressive sharpness of this insect in a soft yellow bed,you manage very well the light for the best result as possible.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-18 2:11]

Hallo Peter,

A very nice macro with some great colors and perfect contrast.
Best Sunday,

Hello Peter,
Technically this is up to your high macro standard showing most of the details of Helophilus pendulus with good sharpness, though you might have tried a lower shutterspeed and higher aperture to get an even better DOF (a small point).
However as on my screen it is a bit too dark I have tried the WS. I hope you don't mind!

Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Peter!
Nice capture of Helophilus species resting on the flower. Picture is good as always but this time I especially like contrast betwen insect and plant :)
All the best from Lodz,

hello Peter
super macro shot
great details and beautiful colours

super shot!!
greeting lou

Ciao Peter, fantastic details on beautiful hoverfly, great light and colors, splendid sharpness and superb DOF, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-19 4:09]

Hi Peter.
If I would not know your style of shooting I would think that you used flash (considering dark BG). I am impressed with magnification level and such extreme details of the hoverfly and flower. DOF is superb and light condition s were really perfect for these exposure parameters. Best regards and TFS.

Hallo Peter
sehr schönes Bild von dieser Gemeine Sumpfschwebfliege, viele scharfe details sind zu sehen und die Farben sind wirklich wunderbar, die gelbe Blume macht die Fliege gut Sichtbar
Grüsse aus Frankreich

Dear Peter,
I assume - you chose the high speed - to catch all the flying pollen, set in motion by this Hoverfly.

I hope, my friend Ivan - if he reads this comment, will not be upset! - but I like YOUR ORIGINAL better than his workshop:
the glorious, sunny yellow constitutes a big part of the charm of your photo, and your dark background actually enhances this feature.
Your excellent focus shows the tiny claws at the end of the feet - and the sharp contrast draws the viewer's attention to the wings.
I also like the positioning of the centre of the flower in the bottom right corner, hereby creating a prop for the dark insect.
A beautiful image of a Gemeine Sumpfschwebfliege
Have a nice week,
Kind regards

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