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Insect Paradise

Insect Paradise
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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: 2010-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-20 8:36
Viewed: 4466
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This time I cannot add any word about flying hoverfly and insect which sits on a flower. Only butterfly is well known on my previous shots.

Observing a life of insects near the flowerbed through the camera VF I have noticed, that they compete for flower trying to banish other insects all time. At the shot, you can see a temporary winner (on a flower), a loser (flying butterfly) and a pretender, may be, future winner (coming nearer to flower hoverfly).

Despite the insect micro world is very attractive, especially at pictures, it is too difficult for its inhabitants. "Good luck, small charming creatures" – only these words I wish to say seeing such scenes.

Have a good week, dear friends.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-20 8:42]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic photo in splendid clear and well saturated colours. Great sharpness, details and DOF. There's a lot to look at in this beautiful composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-20 9:00]

Hi Alex,another fantastic composition from your fields,this tecnique is truly wonderfull to create spectacles like that and others,i like it!!Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-09-20 9:11]

Hello Alexei,
I see you have good experience in such photography. Results are very good and interesting. Maybe I'll be to try such experiment.
Regards, Pawel

hello Alexei
this is a super compositon with great details and beautiful colours
very nice light
greeting lou

Hallo Alexei,
another spectacular capture, superb sharpness and marvellous colours well saturated, i like very much the butterfly with open wings too, excellent POV in a very pleasing composition.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-20 10:32]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderfull macro and excellent composition, all this marvelous butterfly and insects.
Great POV and sharpness, the colors and the light are splendid.Amazing shot.Best regards Siggi

Hello Alexei,

1,2,3 times well done, this are no accident, this are real good timing and photographing.
Great pov and sharpness with fine colours.
irst class.


It is almost as if you have a small bio-dome and are looking in. Such a thing exists at the Cleveland Zoo, but here...what remarkable sights to see...a practical Disneyland of colours and captured movement frozen in time.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-20 11:06]

Hi Alexei,
You have great photos with Your D700! Fly and Butterfly in action, congratulations!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-20 12:08]

Hello Alexei,
A fantastic capture of three insects, of which two are flying! Not only that but they are different species: a flying hoverfly, aflying female C. alfacariensis as seen from below with the winga caught in a open position,and a species of wasp on a the orange flower.
Once again the technical quality is superb with great use of light with optimal camera settings, to achieve a good DOF, fine sharpness af the subjects and nice natural colours. The composition and placing of the insects in the image is also great.
Well done and thanks for this fine view of the insect life in your garden Alexei.
With kind regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-20 12:10]

Privet Alexei,
Another great work from you.Lighting,exposure,sharpness and composition are perfect.Have a great week!
Thanks for sharing..

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic capture! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are very good. But it is the atmosphere of this sunny meadow that I prefer. It is really a dreamy picture. Thanks for it. Have a good evening,

Ciao Alexei, fantastic in-fliaght capture, splendid composition with beautiful flower, lovely blurry BG, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,
Nice capture with very good details and colours. Excellent sharpness and lovely
composition. Congratulation!

Hi Alex

Great shot of these three insects trying to feed from teh same flower. Its a very attractive composition, with good OOF green background. Good sharpness too.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-20 16:17]

Hi Alexei,

This picture reminds me of looking into an aquarium only instead of fish we see wonderful insects. Each one is busy - two in-flight and one feeding from the flower. What a magnificent capture this is and yes, it is charming. Colors and details are magnificent. The beautiful flower, butterfly and bugs seem to be floating in the green background.


A candid shot of busy insect life, Alexei.
You have described the activity in exact terms in your note. The competition to take possession of the flower is clearly on view in this great shot.
Well done and TFS.

A stunning shot of these insects, Alexei!
Simply awesome!
I love the exposure you've chosen!

Hello Alexei,
This a very good shot and for sure i know how difficult to produce these kinds of shots and you have been consistently doing it, which shows that u've mastered this technique, congrats :-)

Goutham R

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-21 0:05]

Hi Alexei
Another great shot from your experiment!This time 3 insects!
Wonderful shot and lovely note!

Hola Alexei,
precioso conjunto en el que recreas parcialmente
el ambiente , consiguiendo gran realismo y dinamismo.
Buenos colores y fondo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Alexie,
A beautiful capture of these trio using the same flower. A superb composed shot with lovely sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Alexei,

I know this is not easy at all, you have been very lucky to get both the flying insects in the frame, very well done, the butterfly seems to be a bonus. TFS.

Dear Alex!

I notice with pleasure that you continue your "in-flight" experience. I imagine how difficult it must be to catch the right moment and to get a good result like this one here. Your exposure data are impressive and it is interesting to learn your ISO-settings, too. At least at the dimensions of this TN picture there isn't any noticable noise. Moreover, the picture tells a story and is pleasant to look at.

Kind regards


Hello Alex
Great capture of this excellent opportunity
A master piece in your collection
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-09-21 6:45]

Hello Alexei,
Your in-flight captures are really wonderful and here you show three insects in one against a beautiful smooth background!
Excellent focus and beautiful colours. Very nicely composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-21 7:20]

Hi Alexei
What a great timing thatis the first time that I see three different insects on the same frame.Perfect timing and well compose image.Excellent DOF and great natural colors with perfect lightning
TFS Michel

hello Alexei

you are an artist this photo it could be a painter's dream,
in every way it is a excellent and beautiful photo but what
i love the most it is that bee superbly focused on his flight,



Hello Alexei,
Nice composition, excellent details and perfect focus. Great shot!

You did it again Alexei..and this time three different insects in one frame.
"Insect Paradise" for certain :)
Now when you get two in focus flying, with one perching on the flower, come and see me ;-}}
Well done!

Hi Alexei,
Excellent shot, fantastic composition!
TFS Ferran

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-22 5:26]

Hello Alex,
Again a very poetical and original shot! What an amazing composition, looks like taken for a children movie. We can imagine a whole story looking at it. Original and excellent. Congratulations!
Kind regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-22 18:43]

Hola Alexei.
For sure You are doinf a great work with Your Camera and lens. Excellent and fine photo. Top quality lavel, Very sharp and well focus, and beautiful green BG. I think I have seen this scene so many times befor when Iam looking for insects.
TFS My dear friend. Keep shooting, becouse it is always a pleasure to adimere your photos

Hi Alexei,again incredible good capture.congrat and TFS

Hi dear Alexei ,
So nice work.
Excellent details and nice composition.
Very well captured
Kind regards

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful image with nice colours, composition and POV. Excellent timing also!

Dear Alexei,
a fairytale capture, bringing together several different layers into one tack sharp area, composing it into a most appealing story, capturing a lush spectre of subtle colours in perfect harmony and transparency. A most unusual, breathtaking picture. Thank you, and congratulations my friend!
With all my best wishes,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-28 14:05]

Hi Alexei,
What a great composition in excellent sharpness and very nice colours.Very well done.TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-09-28 18:44]

Hello Alexei,
Well my friend you are still suppling us with amazing quality images, this one being extremely busy with all the activity. Thank you for this stunning image Alexei.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2010-10-02 16:06]

Hello Alexei
Nice shot with good colors and details the composition is amazing
Well done

very good alexei!
lots of things happens here:)

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-10-11 14:49]

Hi Alexei,
Another amazing photo. I do not know how you managed to get three insects in different positions all in good focus!

Nice title however your description depicts the really story of the Survival of the fittest!

Beautiful colours, love it.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-10-12 3:08]

Hi Alexei,
Excellent capture ...
Very good macro, color, fine detail and superb clarity, especially flying bee, a wonderful composition.
Best wishes,

Before I saw this image I too wanted to post an image and call it "INSECT PARADISE".
In fact, I'll post it of one these days; of course it is not as lovely as this one but for an old man I'm trying hard.
Fond regards to a "dear" friend from Mario.

Hi Alex again,
I'm amazed by your fantastic photographic skills, this is a kind of "micro-world" shot which I'm never will be capable of doing, I'm afraid. Great, a bit even experimental composition, top class sharpness (except for the b-fly, but it was unavoidable), wonderful colors and lights. Although I like a lot of your photos, this one's one of the best in the gallery. Bravo MF.
Tfs, friendly regards, László (Vladyslav)

Hi Alexei. It is amazing how you can freeze two different insects in a frame with the other is well perched on the beautiful flower. Must be a busy day for the insects and a beautiful fun shot of spring or summer. Your work with the lens is beautiful and I like this composition. Best regards - Jusni

Hello Alex
composizione veramente spettacolare che pone in primo piano questi bellissimi insetti staccandoli dallo sfondo neutro su cui spiccano ottimamente per colori e dettagli. La posizione del fiore rende ancor piů studiata la foto decentrandosi e dando ampio respiro al movimento dei piccoli amici del campo. Eccezzionale gestione della luce.

What a great nature scene you've caught here Alexei!
The shutter speed chosen couldn't be better i think. All movements are perfectly frozen. Great dynamic and also well-timed macro! Well done!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-11-22 21:02]

It flummox me, I have not the converter that could turn my lens in macro instrument, it well shot well focused and frozen, charming and TFS.


Hello Alexei! Amazing exposure and capture. marvelous contrast and sharpness. Ideal POV and DOF. Fantastic effect. It is poetry. Well done!

hello Alexei
what a beautiful scene with quadro: bee, fly, butterfly and flower. all of them look very beautiful. you greatl captured them in your usual master quality. great details, POV/DOF and composition. lighting and coloration superb. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done. Happy and Healthy New Year in 2011 my friend

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-04 3:11]

Hello Alex,
such a stunning capture! The action is well frozen in superb sharpness and clarity. how i like seeing the flies and the butterfly.
so hard to witness anything like this.
Very well done and it is a real wonderful scenery.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-02-03 20:07]

Hello Alexei !
I'm still struggling to get ONE insect in flight, and you have two of them on one single picture ! This is amazing ! I specially like the butterfly, he looks like some sort of big plane compared to the hoverfly... I also like the vivid and friendly colors of your picture, and the shot is also wonderfully composed, with great sharpness and details. Very well done !

a wonderful almost fairytale scene, full color, bravo Alexei!
TFS Nasos

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