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Episyrphus balteatus

Episyrphus balteatus
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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: 2007-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies II, Bayram's Favorites-2, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 8:53
Viewed: 3339
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well known backyard visitors

The two daters are the well known and ubiquitous Marmalade hoverflies (Diptera; Syrphidae; Episyrphus balteatus; Winter-Schwebfliege).
They sit on Hypericum perforatum that grows wild in my yard.

ID: the 10 mm species is clearly set apart from other Syrphid species by its abdominal color pattern and the bright golden scutellum. As the English name indicates hey can hover over your outdoor breakfast. The German name mentions another facet of the life history: in fall the flies are migrating southward in great numbers over the Alps. On Col de Bretolet in Western Valais/Switzerland observers of the ornithological ringing station have for years noted the migrating insects (Hawk moths, Painted ladies, Noctuids, Syrphids).

Technical stuff: ISO 200; 1/125 sec; f/25; sunlight; macro and Kenko extension tubes; macro dual flash, one laterally from behind; monopod. In PS: cropping, sharpening, exposure, highlight/shadows adjustment.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2008-03-10 9:01]

Meyer, well done with very crisp view and I like it,
as Exposure: f/25.0, 1/125 seconds
for close ups f/25.0 is the top but 1/125 is low, TFS.

Hi Dietrich,

Wowww... Fabulous capture of these wonderful hoverflies of your ecxellent photography. All photographic criteria are splendid my friend! TFS this beauty.

Voilà un beau duo bien brillant.
Bonne journée.

Hi Dietrich,
Excellent macro with both subjects in perfect focus. Good notes. Thanks.

Hola Dietrich.
Una macro fabulosa.
Genial encuadre y presentación.
Bellos colores muy naturales.
Buena nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-03-10 11:03]

Bonjour Dietrich, superbe composition avec une bien belle lumière. Super focus à f/25!! Bravo, Didier.

Hello Dietrich,
Great picture of this hoverflies. Good composition and focus. Lovely colours.

Hi Dietrich,
This is an outstanding macro!
I like a lot the crystal clear details got on the hoverflies.
Lighting, focus and exposure are the spot on.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-11 5:59]

Hallo Dieter,
Deine Bilder haben jetzt eine sehr hohe technische Qualität erreicht. Auch bei der Komposition wird es immer besser. Diese Techtmechtl-Szene ist so lebendig und gut präsentiert. Nur so weiter, Dieter.
Herzliche Grüsse

Hallo Dieter!

Du zeigst uns hier ein wunderbares Bild! Einerseits besticht es durch die ausgezeichnete Schärfe der Details bezüglich der Insekten, anderseits gefällt es durch die fröhlichen Farben. Ein schönes Beispiel, wie instruktive Fotografie mit dem Angenehmen verbunden werden kann.

Ich habe Anne getroffen und wir haben zusammen Mittag gegessen. Wir möchten, dass wir uns alle drei im April einmal im Freiburgerland treffen, um gemeinsam zu fotografieren. Ich kontaktiere dich und Anne nach den Osterferien.

Bis dann liebe Grüsse!


Hello Dietrich!
Fantastic light and amazing details! Dear Dietrich, this picture is one of the best photos of Syrphidae flies I have ever seen on TN!
Very good composition and contrast! Really nothing to add!
Friendly yours,

Hi Dietrich, lovely couple and wonderful flower, fine details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and elegant composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Dietrich
A delightful image and most colourful one, I must add. Very nice and appealing details and colours to admire and observe. The details of this autumn coloured Marmalade Hoverfly is really spectacular and well photographed. Your image shows the body under the wing with much clarity. Excellent macro, great lightning and interesting note, with wonderful pose of the insects. Thanks for sharing and have a most enjoyable day.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-19 5:58]

Hello Deitrich,
A superb macro of a couple of hoverflies on a Hypericum flower. The lighting and overall sharpness is excellent and the DOF is almost suffient to take in the whole image. I like the POV of both these hoverflies that shows good details.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-19 7:06]

Hello Dietrich, what a perfect macro, the sharpness is fantastic and the composition is awesome, the exposure is great too, thanks for this fine contribution.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-20 7:10]

Hi Dietrich,
It's a beautiful macro. Focus, sharpness, details, dark background, lighting, POV and composition look very good. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-20 7:58]

Hi Dietrich.
You managed to catch both beauties as usual perfectly. Wonderful patter created by two little flies and impressive flower. Excellent bright colours look like sunlight. DOF as always is great too. My best wishes and thanks for so skill close-up picture.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-23 5:38]

Hello Dietrich,
beutiful pic, I like the composition and light, nice background!
fantastic work!

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