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1st Macro Attempt

1st Macro Attempt
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Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Tamron AF70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-07 11:56
Viewed: 3077
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first real attempt at a macro picture. I was never really interested in it before but it was a nice day today and I saw a lot of these hover-flies about my garden so I thought I would give it a go. Its great. I love the detail you can get in the subject that you wouldn't normally see. I am very pleased with the result so I hope you all like it as well.
Taken from RSPB.org.uk:

Hover Fly

Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting. Hoverflies are excellent examples of Batesian mimicry (named after H W Bates who first described it in 1862). They generally mimic bees and wasps – insects that sting and also taste unpleasant, so are avoided by predators. Drone-flies mimic honey bees, Volucella bombylans (pictured) has several different forms mimicking bumblebees, while others species are very convincing wasp mimics.

What does it eat?
Adults eat drink nectar and eat pollen and honeydew. Some species feed on dead insects. The larvae of different species eat different things. Some eat aphids.

When will I see it?
Between March and November, depending on the species.

Where will I see it?
Hovering near and resting on flowers. Many seem prone to entering conservatories and greenhouses.

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Hola Sion

Gracias por tu comentario..

Bonita primera macro de este insecto que creo que se llama "Scaeva pyrastri" y como tu bien dices son Sírfidos.

Yo tengo una macro por poner de este insecto, pero no tan buena como la tuya, ya que a mi me costo cogerlo en vuelo y sin tripode.

Tu imagen es excelente, y puedes continuar haciendo macros, que parece que lo has hecho siempre, lo tratas perfectamente.
Bonitos colores y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo Antonio

Hola Sion,

más que un intento (attempt) yo creo que se trata de un resultado :-) y además de calidad , mucha calidad teniendo en cuenta que es tu primer trabajo. La composición y encuadre están muy logrados y la profundidad de campo es más que suficiente. Quizá eliminando algo de tonalidad roja mejoraría, pero también perdería el encanto de esa luz.
Un abrazo y a seguir disfrutando de la naturaleza:
Josep Ignasi.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-07 14:35]

Hi Sion,
interesting and beautiful this first attempt of a macro.
Beautiful colors and details, very good this particular POV.
Good luck in the future. We also post as many beautiful macro.
Have a good evening,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-07 23:19]

Hello Sion,
Very nice macro,well captured with good POV,sharpness and details,well done and TFS
Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-08 5:16]

Hi Sion,
very lovely capture. it is so sharp on the body. The wings are well marked and the smooth blurry background is very complementary.
The shine on one of the wings make it so wonderful.
well composed.


Hi Sion,

A very good 1st attempt, not that it shows. Good detail and colours, I have the same lens and find that f11 gives the best sharpness when using at both ends.

Regards Bill

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-04-10 3:20]

Hi Sion,
Nice point of view, Hoverfly macro ...
Sharp details and colors are very nice.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Sion,
Amazing sharpness. Very good colours and exceptional details.
The background is perfect.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-04-10 14:27]

Hello Sion,
Great start into the macro world, tack sharp and very nicely exposed. Fine work Sion thank you for sharing.

Hello Sion
you made a superb shot of of this hoverfly, crisp clear sharp, wonderful pose on this green leaf, very good lighting and fantastic colors
thanks for sharing and have a good night

Ciao Sion. In Italian: "Buona la prima!" The meaning is "Good the first!". Razor details and perfect DOF with exciting light's managment. very well the BG too.
Best compliments!


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