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Tiny Fly

Tiny Fly
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-09 11:25
Viewed: 2741
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A tiny fly taken with my new Raynox DCR 250 that arrived yesterday!!

True flies are insects of the Order Diptera (Greek: di = two, and pteron = wing), possessing a single pair of wings on the mesothorax and a pair of halteres, derived from the hind wings, on the metathorax. The common housefly is a true fly and is one of the most widely distributed animals.

The presence of a single pair of wings distinguishes true flies from other insects with "fly" in their name, such as mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, stoneflies, whitefly, fireflies, alderflies, dobsonflies, snakeflies, sawflies, caddisflies, butterflies or scorpionflies. Some true flies have become secondarily wingless, especially in the superfamily Hippoboscoidea, or among those that are inquilines in social insect colonies.

It is a large order, containing an estimated 240,000 species of mosquitos, gnats, midges and others, although under half of these (about 120,000 species) have been described. It is one of the major insect orders both in terms of ecological and human (medical and economic) importance. The Diptera, in particular the mosquitoes (Culicidae), are of great importance as disease transmitters, acting as vectors for malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, yellow fever and other infectious diseases.

nglen, fartash, uleko, eqshannon, jrobertop, jmirah, Jamesp, LordPotty, haraprasan, red45, marhowie, pierrefonds, Silke, Jonas_Schmitt_, esimsek has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-09 11:28]

Hi Joe. Good work with the new lens. you have captured fine detail and sharp focusing. I like the pose on the grass. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-09 11:37]

Hello Joe,
digital photography has opened for me the world of flies. I did not expect that they offer such a high diversity in structures and appearance. You add a further example for this. I don't know the size of this fly (perhaps you can give an approximate body length?) - but you show nice details here. The focus is exact. Perhaps depth of field could be a bit broader.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Joe
Very nice shot of this tiny Fly,
Great focusing,lighting and composition,
Send your wildlight logo for me :-)

Good Luck

Pinpoint accuracy Joey. Green and brown combined well together. Vertical angle on the insect and perch adds and notes complete the show.
Very well then.
Cheerful Regards

Hi Joe,
Great macro!
Excellent color and sharpness.
Very good contrast and POV.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Best regards,
Josť Roberto

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-09 23:03]

Hi Joe,
Excellent close up with outstanding detail and color. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-09 23:41]

Hi Joe

It has rained since we got up so I am on my laptop rather than goingto the Singapore zoo!

Excellent detail here with very good lighting and colour.


Hi Joe,
That Raynox gives good magnification.
Nice detail and colour on this wee insect.
Look forward to seeing many more gr5eat macros fromm you.

Hello Joe,

Very original capture with good details and great colors.
Tanks for sharing and i wish you a big pleasure with your new toy ;-))


Hi Joe,
A lovely closeup of this true fly. So nice details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-10 0:56]

Hi Joe!

Fantastic macro! I also have Raynox and I know how much fun is taking macros with this lens. Great details and sharpness. Excellent DOF, especially with f/3.5 only.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-10 2:21]

Hi Joey, I also shot something similar to this yday. Very tiny and something similar to this size. Lovely Ganesh

Hi Joe,
Nice job on this very little guy, very good DOF head to tail :)
Good colors and use of flash, to bring out some great details..
Well done!

Hi Joe,

A nice close-up image of the fly, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-10 5:37]

Hello Joe,
Great capture of this red-eyed fly from a nice POV. Looks like he is wiping his mouth after a meal? Sharp details and fine colours. I like the soft brown background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-10 7:11]

Stunning sharpness, Joe!
this is fabulous work! I can see you're going to have lots of fun with your new lens
superb colours and composition, perfect BG

HI Joe,
that's realy a nice one and I like the pose on the green stick. Nice colours also, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great picture with excellent sharpness and beautifull colors.You can recognize every little detail of the insect.Well done!

Hello Joe,

This fly belongs to the family of Opomyzidae, Geomyza sp., most probably G. tripunctata. The size should approximately be 3.5 to 4 mm.

Best regards,

Opomyzidae !

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