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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flies - Moscas - Mouches, Insects around the world, FLY-MOUCHE, Insects' World, Insects (Insecta), Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-08 4:25
Viewed: 5219
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today a come back to Poland and creatures photographed during my last entomological season :)

This is a fly belonging to genus Tabanus (Tabanidae)).
This genus groups 12 species in Polish fauna.
In cases of all these species females have to drink blood of different vertebrates (usually horses and cows, but sometimes also also human) before they lay their eggs. Males prefer nectar of other plant "juices".

This picture was taken in the Spala Landscape Park (C Poland) about 11 p.m. Interesting is that this specimen was atracted to the light, what is rather uncommon in case of day active flies.

I hope you will like this photo even if this creature is a "terrible blood-sucker fly" ;)

RubyJazz, horia, jcoowanitwong, mariki, Alex99, Luis52, haraprasan, eqshannon, marhowie, nglen, uleko, ramthakur, Maite, undoredo, ridvan, cataclysta, PaulH, izler, meyerd, SelenE, extramundi, hester, boreocypriensis, eliz has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To boreocypriensis: parasitological coursescicindela 1 02-02 10:02
To meyerd: thank you and "F" :)cicindela 1 12-15 09:42
To Argus: Tabanus bromiuscicindela 1 12-10 04:26
To RubyJazz: family comments :)cicindela 1 12-08 05:04
To joey: thank you! :)cicindela 1 12-08 05:00
To horia: thank you! :)cicindela 1 12-08 04:56
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-08 4:38]
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Just fantastic Radomir!!!!
The black BG is superb and causes the colourful eyes to stand out so well!
Amazing detail and sharpness.
Splendid macro.
Very well done,


That is all i can say, except for brilliant BG! :D

Thanks for sharing,
Ruby :)

(P.S. The liking toward your photo must run in the family! My brother has critiqued as well!)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-08 4:47]
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Hi Radek

WOW! This is truly amazing! The acro capabilities of your camera are really awesome! I didn't know you could go that close and still keep such a great DOF...really terrific!
And the result is a very beautiful shot of this "terrible blood-sucking fly" ;) The title also fits nicely due to all the reflections and colors on the fly's head and body.
The lighting in this shot is the key element in my point of view - the warmer light source from the left and your flash from the right really act as a mood--setter and give you that large palette of colors and reflections.
Very nice and sharp, taken from an excellent POV and with a wonderful contrasting BG, this is indeed an outstnading shot, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2007-12-08 5:06]

Hi Radomir!

Great close-up shot. Great colours, sharpness, details and light..

Have a nice weekend!

Hi Radomir,
Beautiful fly, especially that big eyes. Sharp focus and colorful image. Very nice composition.

Hello Radomir,

Very good sharp picture of this fly. Very nice colours. Interesting note also.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-08 6:42]

Hi Radomir.
What an impressive macro shot with amazing and surprising rich colour palette and tremendous details and sharpness. I like POV a lot and pose of the insect. Diagonal composition of the picture is very attractive too. Flash work is also superb. Bravo and best regards.
P.S. Many thanks for warm comments.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-08 6:52]

Hola Radomir. WOW vaya Macro. Exelente nitidez y colorido. El tamaño de sus ojos son impresionantes, y el pico que infunde temor a sus adeversarios.
Saludos Luis52.

Hi Radomir,
A beautiful capture of this blood sucker. The eyes look like that of an alien. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Wow..is that a close in or what? A rose is a rose...so a fly is a fly, but not so in the macro world. It is much different and when notated even more so.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-08 9:22]

!!!! impressive macro !!! the details of eyes are incredible,never seen as that,thanks for share this fantastic work,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Radomir.
Che occhi incredibili!
Splendido il loro colore cangiante.
Davvero uno splendido primo piano di questo dittero.


Hi Radomir,
Really like the POV and eye color or markings there..
Very effective use of fill to light the shadowed side..Well composed, with very good details..looks great on black :)
Very well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-08 9:38]

Hi Radomir. This is an excellent macro shot of this Fly. Your sharp focusing has given fine detail .with rich natural colours. I like your low POV against the black BG. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-08 9:39]

Hello Radomir,
Well, I'm not sure I'd like to meet this one in the dark!! But you were brave and got this splendid macro of him! Those eyes are incredible,very sharply in focus and details are impressive. Good light, fine colours and I like his pose.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Gran acercamiento y sobre todo en las condiciones de luz en que se hizo el disparo. Los detalles, sobre todo de la cabeza, son impresionantes. Muy bien captado el aguijón. Didáctico trabajo muy bien realizado.
Saludos Radomir: J. Ignasi

Hello Radomir, fantastic macro shot, I like very luch the splendid colors of his eyes,

Brilliant capture of the eyes of this blood-sucking fly, Radomir. The rainbow in one eye justifies your caption.
It is a wonder in itself that you were able to shoot this creature at night.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-08 22:40]
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Hello Radomir,
Beautiful macro of a Horse Fly, taken from a fine POV with excellent colours, fine use of flash, sharpness and fine dark BG. You can see the blood-sucking mouth parts here too.
Difficult to exactly ID this at this angle but it could be T. bromius.
Well done, thanks and best wishes,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-09 2:17]

Splendid macro with great sharpness and stunning details, Radomir! Magnificent POV, colors and bg.
Beautiful presentation and good note.
Thank you so much for sharing it and for your lesson about how to create a theme. I didn´t know you needed at least three photos for the theme to appear.
Thank you very much!
My best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-09 4:30]

Hi Radomir,
Just marking this wonderful shot from you and will be back later with a proper critique.

Hola Radomir,
Excelente toma que destaca sobre el fondo con gran nitidez, apreciandose muy bien los detalles, magnífica la luz y el color, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Radomir,
What a wonderful macro shot you present here!!
Outstanding details and sharpness with very nice composition & POV.
Also, you managed very fien flash work.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes,

selam radomir; Excellent macro shot of this fly .Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

Czesc Radziu
Tabunusy sa super a ich oczy jeszcze fajniejsze. Podoba mie sie ze ten kolorowy potwor wylania sie z mroku. Swietne czarne tlo i dobra ostrosc

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-13 2:22]

Hi Radomir

Sorry I missed this wonderful posting - the eyes are magnificent. The degree of skill shown in taking this shot is considerable.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-13 11:44]

Hi Radomir,
i don't know how i missed this one! what an intense shot! Excellent POV and very impressive sharp detail. The colour in the eyes is amazing - very well done my friend, i hope you are well and not too cold!

WOW Radomir, amazing nocturne shoot with splendid colors, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-14 9:39]

merhaba Radomir
woow its really successful macro photo of this interesting fly
composition, point of view, dark background, lighting, colours, sharpness and especially details of eyese are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Radomir,
you really know your stuff, Radomir. This highly interesting and unusual way of lighting from two sides, the flash and the f stop of 74099368 (?) have worked wonders. Absolutely great macro! Another of my favorite pictures.
Best regards

Hello Radomir,
What a great macro! I like this dark background and DOF you chose. It has most impressive eyes :) Details and exposure are beautiful. This is a very nice portrait of a "terrible blood sucker" :)

I like the picture and the quality of it. Wonderful details, colors, POV and exposure.
Goutham R

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-19 4:11]

Hi Radomir,
The eyes look amazing and so colorful. Very good focus, sharpness, POV and details.
Best wishes,

I also spend little time lately in TN, but I appreciate very much you posts. This one goes beyond your usually excellent quality documentary pictures, looks really arty, the pose and lighting are outstanding. Best regards for you and your relatives on this dates.
Regards Felipe.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-24 11:52]

Hi Radomir

I love those eyes! Amazing colours. Great POV, sharp details and very nice use of flash



Hello friend Radomir,

A nice capture of this horse fly with wonderful green colored and compound eyes. They not only terrible blood-sucker flies, also dispers some avian blood-parasite diseases. Thanks lot friend for sharing and if it does not problem for you, I wish to use this image in my parasitological courses.
All the best friend!

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-06-26 2:40]

i like the dark background and details of the fly. also good composition

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