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Tandem take off

Tandem take off
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insect Mating [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-27 2:26
Viewed: 5096
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from the archives but Spring has finally arrived here.

These tiny hoverflies (5-6 mm in size) were mating on a blade of grass, I must have disturbed them and caught the moment when the male was taking off whilst still holding on to the female.
I had to use the diffused flash as they were in a shady area of the garden and I set the exposure compensation at -1.7 step. They have a shiny body which was bouncing the light.
I'm not certain of the ID of these but the nearest I could find was Eumerus tuberculatus.

Thanks for looking and have a good week.

phlr, LordPotty, thistle, dew77, ALIRIZA, marhowie, scottevers7, wkshelton, wallhalla15, PDP, livios, Signal-Womb, pitai, Luc, RII, firelord has marked this note useful
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Hi Andy, a very good close up of these hoverflies. Not shy at all. Good details all round, nice work.


Well caught Andy.
Just in the nick of time by the look of it.
Great colour and clarity.

Hello Andy,
This is a very interesting shot, because of the moment captured and the look of the flies - they are really shiny. I think you did well on exposure here, POV and framing are great and whole shot very clear.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-27 4:34]

Hello Andy!
Very nice capture.POV,details,motion effect on wings,framing
and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Andy,
Amazing shot. I like POV, clear details, composition and framing a lot. Congratulations...
Well done.
Ali Rıza

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-27 4:55]

Great capture andy!
Very good on details!
Very good DOF!
5* and TFS!

Hi Andy,
Great shot, very difficult capture. The exposure, detail & DOF is excellent. Well composed, nice POV. I like the wing blur top-side, as the hoverfly prepares to take-off.
I found that many times the flash would disturb on these, before the camera could shutter. Try 2nd curtain flash sync, might help. Well done!

Hi Andy,
WOW! I think you did an excellent job with the flash exposure. Very cool shot!. Superb colors and detail. They are well seperated from that perfect OOF green backround. Very well done!

Hi Andy, Great closeup shot, The details, are excellent, the BG, DOV, excellent, Composed excellent, TFS Kyle

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-27 12:47]

Privet Andy.
You have caught very rare moment - or for a second before the beginning of action, or action was already terminated. Both cases are difficult for photofilming, as this movement.

Great macro shot Andy, great sharpness, details and clarity, nice POV too! Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-27 17:37]

Excellent shot Andy, I'll have to have a look for the ID of these guys in my book. It's a great capture, lovely details and super composition and a fantastic moment. Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-27 20:56]

Very good macro Andy, very impressive, good DOF. Very well done. Thanks.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-27 23:19]

Andy, another very nice macro by you.

I like "poses" and composition. Lovely details, saturation and colors, as well as great sharpness.

Fantastic capture. Brilliant detail and colours. DOF is perfect and very well composed. I like the motion of the beating wings.

Great job

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-29 3:00]

Hi Andy!
Very naughty flies ;-) Superb moment! Perfect timing and quality. They're acrobats ;-) To do this things in flight ;-)

Hi Andy,
Excellent macro shot!
Superb details and sharpness, very well composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Seem like a lot of movement going on there Andy. Great details and well spotted. Good work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-31 17:36]
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Hi Andy
To me it looks like 'tandem take off' is not the only tandem activity...
Mmm, 5-6mm surely deserves a WOW here and the exposure control under these difficult conditions deserves another WOW.
Brilliant capture and presented in a lovely composition. The colours sure looks good, the DOF is spot-on, and the BG is excellent.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-02 17:59]

Hi Andy,
Amazing detail! Excellent colours and aperture is spot-on. Well seen and captured.

Another good capture Andy,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV, timing and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

hi andy
eh bein!!
ils y en a qui ne se genent pas!!
tres beau moment,de bons details et une bonne netteté.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-20 20:28]

Hello Andy, Very beautiful capture. I like it a lot the DOF and point of view. I also added your picture to a mating theme I created. Well done, Gabriel

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-01 3:40]

Hi Andy.
Wonderful macro, very nice composition, excellent colors with good details.


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