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Marmalade and Orange

Marmalade and Orange
Photo Information
Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III USM, Digital ISO 200, Canon 58mm Skylight 1x
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-03 14:37
Viewed: 3211
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a little investigation, I have ID'ed this as the Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) and
I believe that the flower is a Mock Orange, but I am not totally sure of that one.

I just like the hoverfly in this picture...

Some info, for the full article regarding a mass migration of the marmalade hoverfly, click here. Some parts are quite amusing and there is some info on how to tell one from a wasp.

∑ Named in 1776 by the Swedish Baron Carl de Geer, who identified hundreds of insects

∑ Scores maximum points for environmental behaviour: flies are exceptional pollinators, and the larvae a very effective predator of aphids. They also eat decayed matter, freeing minerals for use by plants

∑ Flies live as individuals, laying eggs in aphid colonies

∑ Black and yellow or orange-banded, but unlike wasps have only two wings and no waist

∑ They fly only by day, and not in intense heat. Like garden plants. Live only for a maximum of a few weeks, and have many predators, but breed freely and produce repeated generations throughout the summer. Britain has 270 species

Taken in my garden at 7:30am, in RAW, converetd to JPEG, cropped, and resized and a little sharpening.

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This is a very nice capture Emma,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and nice composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-03 23:41]
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Hi Emma
Amazing flowers with excellent contrasts in those white petals, but the hoverfly takes the cake. Those see-trough wings are brilliant while the colours are utterly stunning.
The composition is great, the OOF dark BG is a winner and does well to compliment the flowers with the bee on it, and the exposure was absolutely perfect.
Great work and TFS.
Friendly regards

PS. By the way, do you perhaps know when Niek will be back from his extended leave? I quite miss the guy around TN and I don't know if he perhaps mentioned anything to you.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-04 5:04]

Hi Emma,
Great details of this beautiful hoverfly. Flower stand equally well, with a high control on whites. A lovely composition with a very good bg too!
TFS, Josť M.

Hi Emma,
Super details in the little insect!
You do very well on the flower too, a two-in-one..!
Well framed in a pleasant composition, nice clarity in the colours...
Pablo -

Nicely done, Emma. Great detail, and a good job on the compostion. Did you use a tripon on this on, or follow the little fellow arond?
P.S. We're twins!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-04 14:59]

Hi Emma.
What's a lovely shot with purity of drawing and colours. BG is very impressive. Bee is as a doll. DOF and POV, expose and contrast are excellent. Very well done.

Hi Emma,
This is very pleasing, I like it. Wonderful color and light, with excellent DOF throughout the flower. Lovely detail, and the hoverfly adds very nicely to the composition.
Very well done..and Thank You :)

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