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Copyright: Claude Naef (clnaef) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 0:33
Viewed: 4017
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Voici Episyrphus batteatus.
Les syrphes :
5000 espèces environs.
Vol stationnaire et rapide.
Forme très variable.
Antennes généralement courtes et dirigées vers le bas.
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Hallo Claude
I really fancy this photo. It is colourful and bright, and the colours creates the feeling of cheerfulness and a sunny atmosphere. The insect itself is vivid and creates a feeling of spring in the air. I just love the metallic gold of the upper part of the body and added this beauty to my newly created theme. I just love the the fine bodyhairs, the markings on the body and the big eyes. In overall this is a warm and inviting image. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-23 0:50]

Hello Claude, this is a very good shot of the hoverfly. Excellent focus and sharpness, and the details and colours are so clear to see.
Well done

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-23 0:55]

hello Claude
its wonderful macro photo really
POV, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

Bonjour Claude,

Excellente photo très claire et nette de ce syrphe. Excellent angle de vue. Parfaite utilisation du flash. Très bonnes couleurs.
Bonne journée,

Bonjour Claude!

Encore une image qui me plaît beaucoup. Elle impréssionne par sa clareté et la richesse des détails. La lumière et les couleurs sont superbes. L'effet métallique ajoute à la valeur de l'image.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-23 1:26]

Hello Claude,
nicely captured hoverfly, i liked the pov and the sharpness very much, you have got good details of the insect, nice composition too,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Claude!
What a great macro and perfect close-up! Especially eyes of the fly are amazing! Details are wonderful and clarity very good.
By the way, the first part of species Latin name should be written in capital letter :)

An excellent capture of this little hoverfly Claude.
Very good focus on the head and wonderful sharp detail.
Nice exposure,colour and composition.
Very good work!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-23 3:45]

Hi Claude.
I like this extreme macro shot with fantastic reproduction of tiniest details of this small hoverfly. Great diagonal composition, perfect flash light and wonderful rich and natural colours. Bravo and TFS.

This is an impressive picture and i love the way you have composed it. The sharpness is amazing too, with f-16 you have got a good DOF as well:-)
Goutham R

What an impressive close up of a finely formed hoverfly from a semi-dorsal POV Claude, your sharp image displays the salient features of this beautiful specimen to a perfection. TFS indeed!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-23 14:48]

A stunning macro, Claude!!
Very good sharpness and detail.
Excellent composition.
Great light from your flash.

Very well done,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-24 1:34]

Bonjour Claude,
Magnifique photo de syrphe, quelle parfaite netteté sur les yeux! Les insectes sont plus payants en points, mais n'abandonne surtout pas tes images artistiques..elles sont si uniques!

Ciao Claude, beautiful hoverfly, fantastic macro with fine details and splendid sharpness, good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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