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Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-14
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 10:21
Viewed: 3700
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Its amazing how the spot of forest just down from my house is coming to life during the winter months.This image is of a common bee that I got friendly with.

I have received an update on the identity of this friendly chap.According to Radomir (cicindela) it isn't a bee but rather a Syrphid Fly.A bit confusing as it was taken near a set of bee hives but from looking it up on a few bug site it looks like he is right........Thanks Radomir!!!!

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Hi David,
Magnificent macro of this bee!
Very good the frontal POV used to show details here, specailly the polen on the legs and eyes of the bee.
Great exposition to have the best of the flower's colors.
DOF choice was really good, to keep in focus the needed and blur the green background.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

Hi David, great macro photo.
TFS, Jan-Arie

Que macro incrível!!!!

Vc capturou um momento excelente. Ótima definição, profundidade de campo e cores.

Perfecta macro con unos detalles bastante nítidos. La luz es fantástica. Un buen trabajo David.
Greetings, JL.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-31 11:29]

Hi David,
Nice colours, precise focus on head and a perfect frontal pov make a wonderful close-up.
Best regards, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-31 11:29]

Hello David,
Wonderful close up.POV,vivid colors,sharpness,DOF,framing and composition are excellent.

Hi David,
I thought maybe a smaller aperture could have been an option.
Then I verified your meta and saw a f/29 :-).
That said...beautiful colorful macro with a nice composition too.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-31 13:10]

Excelente macro David con asombrosos detalles de la cabeza del insecto y su entorno de la flor.
A pesar del F29 el desenfoque produce un efecto de profundidad muy agradable, con gran iluminación mostrando hasta los más pequeños granos de polen.
Me gusta el encuadre elegido con el insecto hacia atrás de la escena, que funciona muy bien con el punto de vista captado.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Excellent macro David with astonishing details of head of the insect and their environment of the flower.
In spite of F29 the out of focus produces an effect of very pleasant depth, with great illumination showing until the smallest grains of pollen.
I like the elected framing with the insect back of the scene that works very well with the captured point of view.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Ay 2 Ay B style !!!
Mate - this one is impressive - you got it right on, facing the camera and it looks magnificent.
I wonder if it bothers the B when pollen gets in it's eyes!
Great work
TFS - Shir

Hello David,
Very nice macro with great detials and good contrast between yellow flower and the insect - the syrphid fly (Syrphidae) but not a bee :)
Best regards,

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-01-31 16:34]

One perfect. really good macro shot. regards

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-31 16:51]

Hello David,
quite the POV here, I find myself looking into the bees eyes. Great macro, with fabulous colors and such fine details.
Very well done.

Hello David,
This is very impressive! Wow, what a look! This is a perfect macro with excellent DOF, details, exposure, colors and POV. Nothing much to add except that is it superb! Well done and TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-03 18:18]

Hi David

What a fantastic shot! Great capture!
I really love the full-frontal POV here and the strong contrast between the dark fly and the yellow flower...work very nicely here!
The details are very neat and sharp, the DOF is amazing and the exposure spot-on.
All-in-all an amazing composition!

Bravo and TFS

Nice clear macro shot colors are great its suprising where the pollen gets this foto tells it all

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-13 13:57]

Stunning details here - I love the pollen. Nicely sharp, excellent DOF and POV. Great composition and lovely colours. Really wonderful



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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-09 5:06]

Great macro of the fly David. Very good composition, sharpness and colours. The pollen on the fly shows up well. TFS

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