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Cool flyers
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photo Collage at TN [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-11 6:37
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
By this collage, I wish to say "Thank you" and "Goodbye" to charming visitors of our garden, which gift me dozen pleasant minutes. I wished to do all I could to get nice in-flight insect shots. I know these are not outstanding images. However, I spent happy time watching and shooting these little creatures and I am grateful to them for our cooperating so much.

Insects of the species are so hard-working and they are in flight almost all time even during eating. Moreover insects spend on the flowers a few fractions of a second only constantly turning around of them.

As a representative of Bombylius major here I express my warm gratitude for nice reception of the species to all TN members who watched their pictures and commented them.

I hope that your encouragement will give them additional strengths and they'll work in our garden with greater diligence.

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To pvb: "not outstanding images"Alex99 1 08-28 07:03
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Hello neighbor! what a wonderful montage to wake up and post next to! I love montages..they give each and every angle. And every one of yours is equal in contrast and colour. It is a dizzying concept almost...but one that should adorn the cover of a book or perhaps a good photographic note card. Super work Alexei.

hello alexei,

you said that these shots are not outstanding images, i am a bit confused about your standard of outstanding work???? If this isnt outstanding then i have to find a place to hide after doing my postings at TN.

Excellent compilation of four great pictures of this flying insect, the images are razor sharp with good details, well composed with plesing colors, the pov of each post offers different view of the flying insect,

very well done,
tfs & regards

Como te recreas Alexei !!! Buen trabajo destacando los cuatro flancos del insecto para que no queden dudas jajaja. Buenos enfoques en todas las tomas y una singular y atractiva presentación.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-11 7:34]

Hello Alexei,
I've also watched this insect also in my garden on flowers of lavender and didn't think that take shot them in flight. Although there was many flowers I saw only two Bombylius.
Your idea is charm.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Alexei,
A lovely collage of this beautiful bee fly in flight. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-11 8:27]

Hi alexei,
oh, i too posted one collage, yours insect and mine flowers. You did some great work with this little insect in flight. delightful to watch. tfs.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-11 9:43]

Hi Alexei,

If you aren't pleased with this collage then I would say you set your standards too high. Each of these pictures is a gem on its own. I love the different positions of these insects - they must have been wonderful to watch. Colors and details of all four are superb. I tried to pick a favorite but couldn't - I love them all.


Hello Alexei,
Very nice montage, with lovely Bombylius in different positions. The sharpness, colours and background are really excellent. Thanks for your efforts an for sharing this beautiful shots.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-11 10:09]

Great shots Alexei! Beautiful presentation of these four great quality pictures. Well done, thanks!


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-11 10:20]

Hello Alexei,

The sharpness of these flying insects is amaising. You succeded to raly freez the movement of these quick moving insects. The colors are rendered very well looking absolutly natural.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-11 10:47]

Hi Alexei. This is a good set of four pictures showing the Bee. A very unusual looing one. which you have captured well. good colour and detail. good use of the light. well done TFS.

Hi Alexei,

nice collage from his insects.
You showed it very well and razor sharp.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-11 11:17]

Hello Alexei,
What a beautiful presentation of these very cute little Bee Flies. You've captured them so nicely in different positions and against a fine background. Great focus and sharp details too. They must be really hard to catch as they dart around. I hope they'll be back in your garden next year too!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-11 11:44]

hello my dear friend
perfect macro and successful collage
POV, BG, DOF, colours, focus and sharpness are great

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-11 12:34]

Hello Alexei,
This is really fantatstic!
An amazing montage showing four in-flights of this Bombylius fly from different POV's.
A can't fault these images and find them so fascinating that this posting has to go into my favorites! Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-11 12:56]

Hello Alex,
this is a brilliant collage!
Well done,

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-08-11 16:32]

Hi Alexei,
This is a wonderful collage!
Great action shots, the sharpness is amazing, love the soft natural colours.
Very well done

hello Alexei

i wish to do shots like this what you, you call :
« I know these are not outstanding images »

you are wrong Alexei what a superb shot in animations
of this flying bee, superb focus, in each image fine POV,
the bee is frozen very well, i specialy love the shot #4
with the wings on motion, these are superb shots Alexei,



Ciao Alexei,
splendida sequenza per illustrare la "tecnica" di questo insetto nel suggere il nettare, eccellente la composizione per la scelta di accostamento delle immagini che crea un meraviglioso impatto visivo, straordinaria la definizione dei dettagli anche con immagini ridotte, fantastici i colori e BG.
TFS. Maurizio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-12 3:40]

hello Alexei, Superb shot. I agree with Pankaj to his statement. If your shots are not oustanding then my shots are to be put in dustbin. Great and we get to learn a lot from you. Just brilliant shot. Ganesh

Hello Alexei,

What a well conceived and well executed montage of these most charming of 'bugs'! I say bugs because they remind me of the little flying creatures that are always depicted on cartoons with their proboscis out, ready to sting someone!
Superb, sharp details from every angle!
A lot of hard work, to great effect!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Alexei,

Great presentation of Bombylius in flight from various POV.Good detail sharpness.Thanks for your positive critique and advise to my river shot, i appraciated so much.TFS.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-12 11:50]

Priviet Alexei!

Fantastic series of Bombylius in flight! Each picture is very good, fly is visible from different sides and angles. Sharp, detailed and in nice, honey-like colours. Great macro session!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-12 12:47]

Hi Alex,isn't easy to comment a fanatstic work like that,4 pics of incredible sharpness and details,a most most difficult series! My best compliments,great idea and great realisation,Luciano

Hello Alexei. You have acquired the valuable skill of capturing insects in flight. Very good perspective in well framed quadrants. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-08-12 22:53]

Alexi, I enjoyed your presentation of this beautiful golden bee in flight. Thank you for sharing with us. I really like the blur of their tiny wings. Nice presentation. Ken

Hola Alexei,
Fantástica captura, con una presentación muy cuidada mostrando todos los angulos del vuelo con gran nitidez y bonita composición, magnífico trabajo, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Alexei, Good series showing the flight habits of this small insect. The golden colour of its shell is a good one to present. TFS. Murray.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-13 3:19]

Hi Alexei,
well i think each shot is exceptional, and far beyond anything i could hope to produce! You have real skill at capturing life on this scale. Very well presented, with sharp focus and detail in each shot. A very good POV to create this neutral background also.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-13 3:46]

Hi Alexei

What a splendid collage and a great presentation of this interesting species!
You garden does indeed seem to contain a lot of wonderful insects and your gallery is proof for that.
The photos taken here are impeccable, each presenting the subject from a different POV, but all with exceptional sharpness. Farther more, the DOF is spot-on for such shots, keeping the entire subject in full focus and blurring the BG nicely and uniformly.
Gorgeous work, as usual, my friend!


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-08-13 11:58]

Un bel ensemble bien réussi.
Bonne journée.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-08-13 13:09]

Hi Alexei
Fantastic composition of this insect, good colors and details, you capture in the flight.
Nice work

Nice collage of the flying insects, You have managed to get excellent flying shots, which is very difficult to achieve.

Hola Alexei.
Bella composicion, las imagenes son preciosas.gracias por todos tu comentarios.un saludo antonio.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-15 12:15]

Hola Alexei, muy buena presentación, con cuatro tomas dinamicas, alto nivel de dificultad y con muy buen resultado.
Un saludo

Hi Alexei... every time I think you can do no better, you do better!!! stunning montage, the effect is exquisite, just stunning colours and details, background is perfect... fine work indeed... regards h

Hi Alexei,
All a good serie about Bombylius finding its nectar on flower. The sharpness and composition are superb. Good idea

My very dear friend Alexei,
sorry for my delay to come and view this outstanding composition of 4 in 1 on the beautiful inflight shots!
great quality with the sharpness, lighting, colour and details, first class indeed!
many thanks for the sharing
take good care and my sincere regards to you and family!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-16 5:11]

Hello Alexei,
Very funny assemblage! And very fine colours and wonderful light on the little Bombylius-planes. Very well seen.
Thanks and best regards

Bonjour Alex
Une superbe collation, excellente netteté et couleurs, très bon cadrage, un très beau sujet. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-16 22:17]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding collage of this flying beauty with immaculate sharpness. Great timing and skill you portray here and you have done such masterful job here. Superb lighting, colours, focus and POVs. Thanks for sharing.

* Feels nice to be among friends again.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-08-18 19:36]

Hola Alexei.
Well You did a great work in all this photos. Lovely colors and well framed. Saludos My friend

Hi Alex
Fantastic Bombylidae serie. Nice frozen action shots. Good sharpness, perfect OOF background. Also beautiful colors especially the golden hairy flies.
I am waiting for more

Loved the note too.
EXCELLENT collage.
You take my breath away!!!
Warm greetings to my "TRUE" friend from
Mario in Canada.
P.S. Have still not gone shopping for the new equipment. Am MOST MOST busy with our aged parents .... caring for them.

A really beautiful collage!I love the POV/DOF.

Great presentation Alexei, very nice.
Plain to see you put a lot of time and effort into getting these difficult inflights.
And such a little guy. Your patience is amazing.
They may not be outstanding to you..
But they're outstanding to me :)

Hello Alex,

I was absent on TN for a while, so I misswed some of your shots. This one is extremely nice, it shows the amazing Bombylius at work. It is very difficult to catch flying insets but you arrived at amazing shots thanks to 1/1'000 sec shutter speed. Bombylius looks clumsy and even funny when seen from up front, they give the impression of strabism. But the picture clearly reveals how elegantly they operate: using the hind legs as balancers, have steric vision for precision-positioning. Thanks for this, Alexei.

Best regards

bonjour alexei
merci de votre comentaire sur ma marmotte et aussi de l'avoir placé parmi vos preferés.
vous avez reussi là un excellent montage avec un tres bon piqué sur les quatres photos.
ces insectes sont pourtant difficile a suivre en vol.felicitations.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-08-28 5:40]
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Hi Alexei,
What do you mean by "not outstanding images". I have been trying this also, but I somehow never seem to succeed with an insect in flight. These images to me look great and very well captured. All of these images are very sharp and well focused and taken with great timing. Great bg and very nice colours.
TFS Paula

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-09-03 12:33]

This is an amazing Bombylius collage Dear Alexei! Each shot is perfectly sharp and clear with great details. Very good job my friend.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-04 13:59]

Hi Alexei,
It's a beautiful collage. I like your presentation a lot! Well seen , observed and captured. TFS
All the best,

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-09-06 13:00]

Wow very artistic composition. What a perfect timing. Must say since Im more intro macro I'm amazed by all the work of insects in general. Your note is a great expression of this.
Thanks for sharing your work. Reina

Wow - Alex, that's amazing and fantastic.
I never saw this insect in nature - very impressive, and the collage is wonderful, excellent work. The insect is like pure gold, shimering in the sunlight, I love it.
Thanks and many greetings, I'm happy to be back a to meet all my friens here again, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Alexei,

Lovely to see you again!

This is amazing! I've been actually trying to capture similar scene, but no luck at all!
I like the fact that there are 4 pictures. The sharpness and clarity of every single one of them is brilliant.
Love it!

Hi Alexei,
Great idea and captures again !
Great detail and colours !

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-08 15:22]

Hello Alexei !
Thi is really an AMAZING shot ! Wow, I love it ! On each picture, you managed to freezr the insect perfectly, with excellent harp details, no blurriness. I like the way you have composed the picture, putting four of them on one single picture, allowing us to see the insect from different POVs. It is really a beautiful one, with his long beak and golden haiy body. Very well done !

Dear Alexei,
a very elegant combination of images, resulting in a most pleasantly dynamic choreography of dancing. Excellent details in marvellous light. Another true work of art from you, my dear friend. Have a nice sunny weekend!
With kindest regards,

Hello Alexei,

They are fine pieces of work..!
The insect is captured with amazing clarity and details, I tried this myself the other day, with a bumble bee but the result wasn't much...
A fine collage with pin sharp details in the main subject, lovely colours too!

Pablo -

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