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Desperate Attempt

Desperate Attempt
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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: 2009-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things III, My Purple Obsession 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-17 4:14
Viewed: 4686
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now, by this post, I make desperate attempt to return to number of active TN-members.

I could not imagine that I can be so busy on the work. Last period when I was so busy was my scientific youth. This summer and September I had not time even for photography. Without TN and TN friends this was not my best life-period.

I am afraid the next months may be so difficult. However, I will try to pass my way with TN.

So, this shot looks like from my past.
Having few nice Nikkor lenses I decided to buy (as a lens-toy for butterfly shooting) Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro which I loved on my previous camera Minolta. I took the lens in a shop for testing on few days. And I took many-many shots in different modes and subjects. As a result, I have been very disappointed. This copy was absolutely worse than my old lovely lens in all respects (excluding price). I returned it back and decided to not experiment any more. However, I have got few nice (as I think) shots. This one is from them.

This small beautiful hover fly is interested for last flowers, which are blossoming in our garden these days.

Thanks for looking and have a nice weekend.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-17 4:24]

Hi Alexei. Its good to see you MF. I hope you are keeping well. This is a fine close up of this little Hoverfly. Its a shame about the lens . This one has turned out well with fine detai land bright colours. I like the POV looking down on the fly. well done TFS.

Hi Alex!

When I look at this picture, I just can say that I deeply wish to see you more often on TN, dear Alex. It's simply a superb picture. Crystal clear, perfectly sharp and with rich details. The colour management is as good as the lighting. I'm delighted!

Kind regards


Hello Alexei,
nice to see a new picture from you; a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness and very beautiful bright colours, a very pleasing close composition.
Best regards
Have a good weekend

Ciao Alex. Very good DOF here and stunning details. You've perfecly maganed the amazing light. Great macro.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-17 5:15]

Hello Alexei,
So nice to see a new posting from you. I hope you will find some time in the future again to be more present on TN.
Very interesting composition with this Hooverfly visiting a Campanula. Amazing sharpness on the insect and the interior of the flower. Very well done.
Have a nice weekend

Hello Alexei,
it's great to see you again, my friend, I hope you are well
even if you have to work hard.
The picture is up to your normally high standard.
Well exposed with correct white balance, not many these days.
Well composed with sharp fine details.
Have a nice WE
A good work as usual.

Such a tiny hoverfly in perfect focus among finely reproduced natural colours Alexei, hope to see more of your nature studies in the future MF.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-17 6:03]

Hello Alexei,
A wonderful day with the return of all the old friends. Welcome back. And with a fantastic photo. The clarity and details are superb. Very beautiful colours. Good diagonal composition, DOF and POV.
TFS and regards,

Wonderfull macro capture.Verry nice flower.Well done.Regards.Alin.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-10-17 6:38]

Very good close up. Here visible as proportion hover fly and flower,Striking perfect sharpness of fly and nice vivid colours.
Regards, Pawel
P.S. I thought you left TN. I'm pleased that you are with us.

Finísimo macro de gran realismo Alexei. Como siempre haciendo una demostración de tus habilidades en todos los terrenos !
Hoy pocas personas que obtengan tanto rendimiento de esa lente que muchos creen que no tiene calidad... tú demuestras todo lo contrario y tu trabajo supera niveles de calidad de lentes de focales dos y tres veces inferiores jajaja.
Encantado de tenerte otra vez por aquí, aunque solo sea de paso.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-17 7:17]

Hello Alexei,
Great to see your post after a long absence!
A fine totally sharp macro of this species of Hoverfly ( Sphaerophora scripta) visiting a fine campanula flower in a technically and esthetically top class image.
Thanks and my best regards to you. I hope you have more time to be on TN!

Have a nice weekend,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-17 7:22]

Welcome back!
Great colors to this lovely blue flower, and a wonderful bee.

Hi Alexei,
A beautiful macro picture. The depth here is perfect. TFS and have a nice weekend.

hello Alexei
WAUWH!!this is so good picture
great D3 effect with very good light and super sharpness
good composition and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-17 8:02]

Hi Alexei,
Ласкаво просимо назад на TN.
Що Comeback! Splendid захоплення і відтворення зображення.
Приємна суботу,

Wonderful blue flower!
Lovely details and light!
Special post1

Hi Alex,
Welcome back with this technically and aesthetically great macro capture of these great duo (flower and hoverfly) with from nice POV with impeccable clarity and fine composition. It is very intereting that you do not like the results of the Sigma lens which i also had the same one. In that case, i wondered if you use it macro mode while managing your shots. Because i glad its results so much.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


hello Alex,nice to see you again!
return with a very good macro,the clarity and the lighting on top,very fine colours and details,a wonderful photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

hello Alexei!
nice to see your picture again on T.N.
nice macro of this little sirfide
grappling with the purple.....

ciao sERGIO

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-17 11:17]

Hello Alexei
Welcome back! Excellent shot and very good composition of this hoverfly nice pov and bg
with splendid colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-10-17 12:55]

Hola Alex,
maravillosa macro,
finos colores y sobresaliente nitidez...
saludos amigo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-10-17 13:18]

Hello Alexei!
Very good detail and clarity.
Gorgeous colours.
Superb composition too.

Top-class work as usual!


Hello Alexei,

This is such a fantastic macro with vibrant colors, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Best regards


Hello Alexei,
Welcome back with this lovely hoverfly, Sphaerophoria scripta. The light is very well managed, also thanks to the form of the flower maybe.
About the lens, I have also this Sigma 70-300 for Canon. For macro shots, I prefer the 100mm macro which gives better sharpness, contrasts and colors. But the 100-300 is useful for shy insects, including butterflies. Best regards,

Hello Alexei,

a very good macroshot from this hooverfly and flower.
Exellent sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-17 15:53]

Hi Alex,welcome back and...stay whit us! We need fantastics pics like that,this impressive composition no need comment,it talk alone! Fantastic sharpness and beatifuls colors,have a nice weekend you too! Luciano

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-17 20:07]

Hi Alexei,
So happy to see you again.....and you start with a fabulous macro shot. Lovely colours and details and the image is per your usual best. Perfect light, POV and DOF and I like the sprinkled pollens and the composition. Kudos.

Hi Alexei,
Very good composition of this insect in Campanula, excellent colors and sharpnees.
TFS. Regards. Ferran.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-18 0:21]

Hi Alex,
such a wonderful shot with excellent clarity and sharpness. The purple petals really make a splendid bckground to the beautiful yellow striped fly.
Well presented in great colours.


Hello Alexei
bentornato su TN. Era molto tempo che non postavi una tua foto e subito l'ho notata tra le tante: il tuo stile č inconfondibile. Il modo di ritrarre gli insetti ed i fiori che ci proponi č davvero affascinante. Come ad esempio il ritratto di questa interessante hover fly i cui colori e dettagli, grazie ad un'eccellente messa a fuoco spicano in tridimensionalitŕ sopra al bellissimo fiori i cui particolari non sono certo da meno. Ottima la gestione della luce che valorizza ancor piů i colori che sono davvero uno spettacolo da vedere ed ammirare.
Gran bel lavoro.

Hello Alexei!
Great to see you again among us! Maybe the picture is not very "fresh" (according to information from your note :>) but it is still very beautiful, juzt in your style! :>
I like natural but vivid colours and very nice composition. Also contrast is very nice very nice for watching.
Bravo and all the best from Lodz!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-18 10:23]

Hello Alexei,
How very nice to see a post from you again! I hope you're well and that you'll keep on posting! This is a very fine sharp capture of the little Hoverfly in a Bluebell where it really stands out. Great details and beautiful colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Alexei
great to see a new post from you, and a wonderful one with superb colors and wonderful composed
i love the beautiful luminosity and the crisp clear details
Have a good night

Hi Alexei,
don't be "desperate" if you are not regularely able to show up on TN. People have noticed your latest "Long hoverfly" (Sphaerophoria scripta (L.)) after all! Nice, how it enters the really big Campanula flower. It seemingly spreads around the pollen like an unruly child spreads around the bread crumbs. Very nice perspective! The lens seems to work alright too.
Best regards

The hoverfly and flower share this frame nicely..
Very good details, DOF, colors, and exposure Alexei.
I enjoyed the visit mf, have a great week :)

Hey Alexei!
What a pleasant surprise, my friend!
Wonderful to have you back!
I love this shot,it is superb!
The details and framing are perfect!

We have all been through this stage. I am coming after a long absence...My mobility device has not yet been replaced...so I take photos in quite the pain now...for a while until my funds come in...BUT

having said that, I added this to my blue themes because the flora almost overpowers the small insect...yet the insect is spot on clear...all teh while I think blue..it works for me!

Very nice sharp image of this beautiful insect. Good composition.
Best wishes,

I'm glad you're finding time to get back to photography. I also find myself getting busy with life's day to day activities. Sometimes it's almost overwhelming. Maybe that's when we need the camera.
Lovely shot - I love the colors. That purple is gorgeous. Excellent details!

Ciao Alex, I hope that you'll have more time for TN, I like your fantastic macro with lovely hoverfly on a wonderful flower, fine details and splendid sharpness, great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,

A fine close-up of this hover fly!
Details and colours are well reproduced, and you manage to make an interesting composition by including the flower...
the sharpness in details is admirable..!

Pablo -

Dear Alexei,
happy to see a fresh posting from you after quite a while! Strikingly well lighted, very precisely detailed, simple and clear with a pleasantly positive message. Composition is very good, too - maybe feeling tempted to crop the image at its right border into approximately square format - this might add further tension and concentration on just the flower and its cute visitor.
So good to see you active again on this site, my dear friend.
Thank you also for your very kind words a few days ago to one of my more recent postings! Due to a heavy workload in my job I am also forced to take frequent and extended breaks from here, sometimes for many weeks, but I'm always happy to look in here, and planning to be back more frequently, too.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,
have a nice sunday!

hello Alexei
nice to see you and your posts again. welcome back my friend.
this is really wonderful in your first class quality. sharp details wonderful. splendid colors, great POV/DOF and composition. light using wonderful, great results by f/18.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

hello Alexei

your last 3 photo that you uploaded i love the style
of photography the insect small and the flowers bigger
and for the insect it became an environmental shot,
here with fine POV & DOF, excellent sharpness and details,



Hallo Alexei
I really miss you around the site and the times you do come around, I miss your wonderful images, and that is a pity. I feel guilty that I neglect your gallery and portfolio. Everything in this image is just so incredibly beautiful. It has an automatic magnetism that draws one closer to look and to look once more. You have captured this image with great skill and workmanship, as the detail is seen with great clarity, especially the fine pollen dust, the veins on the flower's petals and the glass like wings of the hover fly. The combination of colours is a wonderful match and works wonders on the screen. A great macro with excellent focus and sharpness. Thanks for sharing yet another beauty from Ukraine. Best regards.

Hi Alexei.

I had the same feeling last year and hardly made any post in 2009. I miss TN and TN friends too and it wasn't my best life-period either.

This is a nice shot complementing the title. Your work has always been commendable and always looking forward to your posts and critiques.

Hope we both can spend some time on photography and TN. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Hi Alex,
It's uneasy to find an image in your gallery which I still didn't comment. :) Beautiful macro, fantastic sharpness on the insect, great color contrast. Probably a bit tighter crop on the bottom would have been more effective - otherwise a piece of art, a wonderful tutorial how an insect photo should be done. Congrats and tfs MF.
Friendly regards, have a nice weekend, László

Dear "friend", Alexei,
Am always delighted to view your work.
You have spent a true FORTUNE, in money, to share with us via TN this very HIGH QUALITY WORK.
This one a a SUPERB MACRO.
Highly impressive.
How can we all ever "REPAY" your supreme efforts??? You have been a GREAT TEACHER.
Warm and kind regards from M.

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