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Dance Fly

Dance Fly
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-20 18:09
Viewed: 3733
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well I like Callies idea so much for near misses that I went looking to se what could be found, and got a surprise when this one was put through shadows and highlights , which is found in PS8(CS) at the time the photo was taken I did not have. Also in layer colour balance I adjusted out a green cast to the white flowers by moving the slider from green to -7 magenta in highlights.
sharpen the image in Lab colour and channels>lightness>USM.
crop to size and save to web
Its not as bad as I thought it was, I have posted the unaltered image to workshop for people to compare.
The Fly is a Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) a common fly which uses the prominent probosis to hunt other insects on either Hawthorn (Crataegus hedges or as here on Cow Parsley and other members of the Umbbelifery flowers.
One of over 200 species they get the common name Dance flies because mating often takes place over water in tight swarms that move up and down and round in an almost balletic movements.
Think this classes more as a rescue rather than a new miss, I am sure there is loads some where on the system , though I tend to be very ruthless with the delete key when downloading the camera to the comp.

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To milloup: Thanks benteRobbrown 1 01-21 13:58
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Excellent save, I'd say ;-)) Focus spot on, good DOF and POV. Compared to the original you've really worked wonders on this one.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the dance flies again, as they captivate my imagination. I read once - somewhere on the net - that the males will hunt for prey and then hang in the air in groups waiting for a likely-looking female to pass by. When one arrives, she'll seek out the male with the best prey, and while she has a good time devouring the prey, *he* has a good time with her. Now, a mate with an imagination almost as vivid and naughty as mine made a remark about that which suddenly made me see in my mind's eye this scenario (the selection process, mainly) transferred into the human world... ;-)))

Robert, So this is a new category of near misses? What do you call this? A near save?
;-)) Great P.P. notes, thanx. P.S. Does it do the jig too!!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-21 4:17]

I like near-misses category - post one of mine tomorrow. Your picture shows us how good software and good artist can save the picture.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-21 4:57]

Definitely nothing wrong with this shot Robert. 10 out of 10. TFS.

There is not a lot missing on this shot, I think just a better colours balance, or better light.

I'd be happy with this quality shot Rob. This is no near miss, it is good. Well done

I can just imagine the males hanging around armed with hamburgers and fries waiting for Miss. Right to show up. :)

Exceptional capture and save you got here, Robert. This fly is tack sharp and well composed. Impressive details shown. Very well done on the great shot!

Great job on PP Robert. Great picture: nice composition.
Thanks for the tip on Shadows and Highlights.

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