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Yellow Dung Fly

Yellow Dung Fly
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EFS 18-55mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-13 13:09
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Latin name: Scathophaga stercoraria

Size: Approximately 10mms long
Distribution: Found throughout the UK.
Months seen: April to October.

Food: The adults feed on small insects on the dung. The larvae feed on dung. Habitat: Pasture. Anywhere with horse, cow or sheep dung.

Special features: The males have bright yellow furry bodies. The females are slightly more dull coloured.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/60 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 46/1 mm

odin, sAner, red45, mogens-j, PDP, chiliu, TAZ, marhowie, wallhalla15, christophe, Luc, extramundi has marked this note useful
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To cafecrem: Thanks for your WSSignal-Womb 1 07-13 17:17
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To sAner: Low light ISO 400Signal-Womb 1 07-13 16:29
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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-07-13 13:15]

Joli macro Stephen, Jolie mouche ayant de jolies couleurs. Selon ma perception, l'image semble montrer un léger bougé ou un mauvais focus sur l'insect. Également, l'effet du sharping est perceptible sur l'image. Tout de même une belle image, Amicalement

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-13 13:30]

wonderful shot Stephen,
fantastic composition, great in pof and the details like the feet, great, very good dof It's alovely shitfly, good job,
gr. Jaap

Really a great shot Stephen. Very good light, wonderful colours (just look at these eyes) and perfect dof. I like the way the composition splits the picture by diagonal in a sharp part and a blurred part. Well done.

Hi Stephen!
I love this shot- especialy eyes! They are absolutely amazing! Thanks

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-13 17:10]

Hi Stephen, good shot of the good sh*t fly! Pretty good for F5.6 and I see you were battling against the light so not much room for more DOF. Nice composition, well done.

Hi Stephen,
Exquisite photo. When we see the world from a close-up, we realize its otherwise unseen mysterious beauty, such as this fly that feeds on insects on a heap of dung...

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-13 20:44]

Very nice macro, Stephen!
Good sharpness, colour, details and BG. Outstanding shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-14 3:55]

Nice little fly Stephen. Yellow body and red eyes look superb.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-14 6:16]
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Hello Stephen,

A lovely macroshot. Good details, great colors and well composed. DOF is a little shallow. I hear you should use f7, f9, f11 or even f14 in macroshots. I guess such a long dof was impossible under the light conditions, right? Good POV too. Well done & TFS!


Hello Stephen, Nice shot of a Very small subject with the 18-55mm..Love dem eyes! Well done!

Hello Stephen, very nice capture with great colours and sharpness/dof . Very good composition.

Great shot Stephen!
The fly looks really interesting on this close-up. Details are razor sharp and the composition perfect. Great colours.
I like it very much.

Hi Stephen
Sharpness: 4/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 4/5
POV: 5/5
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-16 3:53]

Beautiful and interesting close-up for this golden fly ! Colors, DOF, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Stephen.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-16 22:35]

Hello Stephen!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Have a good Sunday!

The composition, colours and lighting a very, very nice. The golden glowing aspect is superb, it looks like a jewell. I am taking very much into account your use of the 18-55 to make macros. Next week I will have my first serious attempt with the new cam, and I will remember to try it. Thanks for posting.

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