<< Previous Next >>

Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

Poecilobothrus nobilitatus
Photo Information
Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 8:24
Viewed: 2675
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser known pond creatures:
To me this particular shot means more than it might to you, because it was hard work: the animals are a proud 3 to 4 mm long and glide nervously around on the surface of my backyard pond. It is a fly (Diptera; Dolichopodidae; Poecilobothrus nobilitatus). I had never seen it before because of its small size, but looking through the viewfinder with a macro lens attached I was surprised by the beauty of the fly.

And what a show these flies performed! The male approaches a female (the female is without the white spots at the wingtips). Then it starts spreading its wings and puts them in perpendicular position ---and starts winking, first with one wing, then with the other. This looks like the guy that guides airplanes on the ground with his signal disks.

I constructed a platform for the camera that was focussing on a drowned flower, an occasioal meeting point for the flies. Laying down, I slid the camera with the macro and the double flash forth and back for focus. I had to use an extension tube to avoid the maximal extension 100mm of the lens. In the workshop area I post a view of a female fly walking on water. Thanks for looking at flies!

Argus, JoseMiguel, haraprasan, anel, marhowie, cicindela has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Argus: Gone for awhilemeyerd 1 07-09 12:42
To haraprasan: Flies as top modelsmeyerd 1 07-08 06:12
To marhowie: No Lord of the fliesmeyerd 2 07-08 04:57
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-03 8:37]
  • [+]

Hello Dietrich,
This close macro of this dolichopod fly is superb. You have achieved super sharpness and detail for us to enjoy from such a small fly. the colours and lighting are first class. Well worth the effort!
Well done and TFS!

nice focus good colors great dedication to get the shot.

Hi Dietrich,
The quality of the image really deserves your effort!
A great macro here, no doubt.
I like so much the clear and sharp details got, specially on a tiny fly like this.
It's so good the focus range, and the metallic colours got all over the insect.
You did it great in this shot!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

  • Great 
  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-07-03 15:14]

A very good macro shot. very good detail and colour. Nice POV and DOF. very well done

Hi Dietrich,
A very beautiful fly. Lovely colors. Very good POV and DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-04 4:44]

Hallo Dieter,
Es ist wohl das erste Mal, dass diese winzige Fliege so gut präsentiert wird. Schön ist sie auch noch. Du erreichst jetzt eine hohe Qualität bei Deinen Makrobildern, speziell wenn man betrachtet, wie klein diese Kreaturen sind. Dein Aufwand hat sich gelohnt.
Herzliche Grüsse

Hi Dietrich,
Well you're not speaking to me then. I wholly appreciate the degree of difficulty when you get down this far..
It's an excellent piece of work. Very sharp detail, love the metallics you've picked up so well. Excellent flashwork and DOF, thanx for the "how you got the shot" info as well :)
Very well done.

Hello again!
And this is another fantastic presentation! Not only a very nice picture(s) but and a very good documentry photos! I am really impressed the technique you used for taking these images and the final effect. So shiny, small and probably also mobile insect is a very difficult to catch using camera and you did it perfectly!
My best congratulation and please show us more! :>

Calibration Check