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The beauty of a hover

The beauty of a hover
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/120 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-27 13:32
Viewed: 6242
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some hover-flies are beautiful of colour and often find it on plants with a lot of little flowers. Those little flowers have nectar as it where on flower lie, so that he by a glide can licks it up, with its short tongue. It is a delicacy for glides. The foods of glides exist from nectar and pollen. It is a pollen insect, this means that he can transmit, pollen and nectar, on same flower, and on another flower. As a result, these flowers are fertilised. She cannot pricks, because she has no sting. To glide plants it self by lying eggs. They laying the eggs in things such as mud, fattens, liquid manure and in corpses of large animals and shit. After a period of some days there Maggot’s arise from the eggs. The maggot of this hover-fly, also called rat tail, live in wet substance and with a little trunk they take breathe, to surface. There are rather what types of insects which are compared, with bees but if you have a good look, you will see the difference very well, however. There is a large difference between a bee and a hover-fly, in the way of life.

Yes, when we speak about beauty by insects, a very good sample is this beauty of a hoverfly. I hope you like it and I wish you all a good begin and ending of the year.
gr. jaap

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-27 14:12]

Hello jaap,
Magnificent close up.POV,colors,sharpness,clear details,exposure,lighting and BG are wonderful.Excellent work!
Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-27 14:18]

Hoi Jaap! Jij ook een hele fijne jaarwisseling toegewenst. Je weet het he? --> Vuurwerk, op de grond, niet in de hond! :) Dit is een mooie macro. Scherpe details en prachtige kleuren. Ruisvrij en een prima achtergrond die het insect prima laat uitkomen. Goed note ook, zoals altijd.


Ps-Canada is zeker een aanrader!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-27 14:32]

Hi Jaap.
Thank you for your holiday greetings. I wish you happy holiday season too< my dear friend.

Hoverfly is really beauty. The decorate our life as well as nice hoverfly shots. I like your POV so much. We can see all details which make this insect beautiful. Excellent rich colours, exposure and contrast. Blurriness and colour tones of the BG are so beautiful as the hoverfly. May be f-number is fast a bit. May be I am simply extreme and prefer extreme values of aperture. However, you have shared a very nice macro shot. TFS and my best regards.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-27 14:41]

Hello Jaap,
you show the hoverfly and its delicate structures very well and with high sharpness. colours, light and background are well balanced.
Species identification:
-- Episyrphus balteatus
Best wishes, Peter

Hoi Jaap,
Een super mooie macro met prachtige kleuren en compositie. Scherpte en diafragma hadden ietsjes beter gemogen, maar verder is dit een prachtige foto.
Groeten en een prettig uiteinde.

P.S. Net even op je TE site gekeken en je eerst 10-22 foto bekeken. Zeker een mooie opname en zeker een super lens, vooral voor je mooie landschaps foto's

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-27 14:44]

Hallo Jaap Een Prachtig macro foto van de hoover fly prachtige pose details kleuren pov bg en framing , Groeten Teunie .

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-12-27 15:43]

Dag Jaap.
Ik vind dat je met f 3.8 een geweldige scherpte diepte heb kunnen krijgen.
Erg mooie foto met een hele mooie blurred achtergrond.
Gr. Hans

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-27 16:36]

Jaap es precioso este disparo, bello pov, una macro genial llena de color y encuadre maravilloso, saludos

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-27 17:13]

One of your great macro my friend with your old and for my adored Pro1.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, background, DOF, colors, focus, sharpness, lighting, framing, PP and notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Imposing capture with great sense aesthetic and great technical quality.
My best wishes for the 2007... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-27 17:15]

Hi Jaap

A great macro you have here, especially considerring the camera used for taking it.
Indeed this is a beautiful insect - the hoverfly - and you show it very well in your photo.
The details are very nice and sharp, the natural colors are amazing and the DOF is great.
Beautiful framing and composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-27 18:34]

Hi Jaap,

Superb macro shot, the POV and composition are excellent and I love the pose with the Hoverfly holding one of the Flower stamens, the details are nice and sharp and I really like the vivid colours.

Happy 07
TFS Hilary :o)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-27 18:38]

Hi Jaap,
excellent macro. Very detailed and the sharpness is wonderful. Very nice composition full of light and a wonderful placement of your subject.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-27 21:02]

Hello Jaap

The DOF and POV are excellent,very sharp and crisp detail.But the thing that really stands out is the awesome green BG.A beautiful backdrop to compliment this subject.Lovely well saturated colours.Nicely done.TFS


hi jaap,
lovely post,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
perfect focus and sharpness,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Jaap,
Wonderful close-up work my friend!
Details and colours are simply wonderful, perfect DOF makes the insect really stand out...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hi Jaap,
An outstanding macro on this Hoverfly. Excellent comp. and framing on the shot. Beautiful color saturation and very sharp detail where it counts. The falloff in the DOF looks good here. I love the rich green backround. It really makes the fly stand out. Well done my friend!

Hello Jaap,
This is a beautiful and amazing capture. I like everything about it: colors, details, BG, composition, POV, exposure... What else to say except that yes, it is beautiful! I wish you the best for this New Year
:-) TFS,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-28 8:25]

Hi Jaap

Well the colours of this hoverfly do look beautiful against that stunning green BG. Excellent POV and sharp details. Nice light picking up the little hairs on the legs.



Hallo Jaap,

Goed shot van deze Pyamazweefvlieg (Episyrphus balteatus)
focus is a little soft(on the head)
verder een prachtige foto

TFS en een hele fijne jaarwisseling

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-12-28 11:31]

Dag Jaap,

Als men van kwaliteit spreekt, wel hier mag men gerust dit woord gebruiken, de ogen zijn wel niet tezien, maar het lichaam darentegen is zeer mooi, echt gefocusd op de juiste plaats, en de achtergrond is gewoonweg geschilderd door een kunstenaar, Jaap dit kan ik niet dus geniet ik van uw werk!

Prettige eindejaars feesten,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-28 12:02]

Hallo Jaap,
Goede macro, hoek en kleuren. Prachtige details zichtbaar op het lijf en de poten.
De beste wensen voor het nieuw jaar.
gr. Paula

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-28 14:57]

Hi Jaap,
Wonderful macro of this hover-fly! Impressive head, pov and details. Congratulation!
TFS, José M.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-29 0:35]

Hello Jaap,
This Hoverfly seems huge here in this superb close-up !
The "++" : subject, sharpness, DOF, background, exposure, colors, note...
The "-" : perhaps more space on left...
Congratulations and in advance I wish you happy new year with great photos in 2007.

bonjour jaap
tres bon dof pour cette macro malgrés le reglage a f/3.8,bonne netteté sur la tete de la mouche.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-30 4:53]

Hallo Jaap,
I missed this one. You have used the shallow DOF at its best for taking this excellent shot of Episyrphus balteatus. Excellent BG and comp.
Erg mooie!

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-12-30 14:41]

Hoi Jaap,

Wat een schitterende closeup!
Hele mooie kleuren en goeie details.
Ik vind je andere foto's ook erg goed, ik moet in het nieuwe jaar toch eens vaker bij je komen kijken :-)
Een hele fijne jaarwisseling en een goed begin van 2007!

Groetjes, Nel

Hello Jaap,
excellent summer picture here! This is a great hoverfly shot. Excellent POV, very good DOF, excellent sharpness and natural colours. This is an excellent composition. Thank you my friend. I wish you and your wife a Happy New Year, Good Luck and Health.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-31 17:53]
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Hi Jaap

A half an hour ago it turned 00h00 and that means it is now the 1st of January 2007 here in South Africa. Wow, how time has flown. It was just the other day when the whole world had millennium fever as 2000 arrived and here we sit exactly 7 years later.

What an awesome shot my friend. Not only the lovely little hover fly, but the total package is just brilliant. Magnificent details as a result from a great DOF, stunning colours on the fly while the flowers match perfectly with the fabulous BG, and the exposure was perfect.

Great work and TFS.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-01-03 13:21]

Sir Jaap,

Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours.
Nicely captured and well done on the composition. Excellent work.


Hi Jaap,
Quite an amazing macro.Well done in getting so close up as these fellas don't stay still for long.Nice strong colour and it stands out well on the darker background.Great detail!
Regards, David

Wow an amazing macro great sharp detail nicely composed well done rgds Necip

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-01-07 14:23]

Hi Jaap, good shot. The composition is good and the exposure isn't too bad although there are a couple of bright patches. Perhaps the focus could be a little better but I realsie how small these are and you probably cropped a fair amount for this. Well done and Happy New Year.

Very lovely composition on this hover, with beautiful green BG and nice perch. Great details taking into account the magnification obtained, which is a lot!
Keep on with the good macros, I like them :)
Regards, Felipe.

Hi Japp,

This is a very good picture, the POV, exposure and colors are excellent. The sharpness too is. But personally i would have preffered more space towards the left (head side)
Goutham R

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-22 7:50]

hi Jaap,
vous êtes un formidable chasseur de macro, elles sont toutes belles vos images. J'adore ses yeux disproportionnés, la couleur et les détails.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-30 17:20]

Jaap, very beautiful indeed.

Excellent colors, pov and composition.

I like saturation and contrast too.

An excellent shot with the Pro1.

celle-ci est une parfaite réussite, bravo, pour le bon BG et les détails excellents
merci, amitiès

Hello Jaap,
Great closeup with nice details, color, and I like your POV. This green BG works well to set-off the subject as well :)
Good note making the distinction/comparison to bees..
Well done mf.

Hi Jaap,

A nice macro image of the hoover, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-18 11:58]

Hello Jaap,
amazing macro capture, beautiful perspective and great details captured,
nice clear shot with natural colors and lovely green background
best regards, Dejan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-01 14:01]

Hello Jaap, that's a fantastic macro my friend! Lots of details, good light and exposure and a very good contrasting background,well done, thanks!


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