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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 180 Macro Ex H
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photographer's favourite, Flying images, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-20 3:12
Viewed: 4341
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken nearly 2 weeks ago in my garden.I hope, I wrote the correct ID and you’ll like it.The flower-flies or hover-flies are a family of flies (Diptera), scientifically termed "Syrphidae".As one of their names suggests, they are most often seen around flowers; the adults feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprophytes, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects. Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year, and so aphid-feeding hover-flies are being recognised as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control.Some syrphids mimic bees or wasps in appearance, in some cases bearing an alarming resemblance, both in shape and coloration. It is thought that this mimicry protects hover-flies against falling prey to birds and other insectivores which avoid eating true wasps because of their sting. Adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been describedhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly Technique
Nikon D70
2005/04/09 15:29:56
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 185mm F/3.5 D
Focal Length: 185mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/800 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: Manual
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

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Superbe macro Sebnem !
Cet instant en plein vol est très bien capté. Très bonne note.
Felicitations !

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-04-20 3:40]

Beautiful macro.
Good composition and POV.
Nice DOF and colours.
I like sharpness and details.
Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-20 3:41]

WOW this is good Sebnem. "Really close," says my gr'daughter. Excellent macro, the details are so clear. Good everything. Well done.

Halo Sebnem!
Great photo. I love especialy this green!
Just wonderful.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-20 3:45]

A very nice in-flight capture.
Excellent composition and detail,nice motion blur of the wings.
Its what we call a A Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus).
Good work,well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-20 3:57]

Superb photo Sebnem! One of my favourite insect captured in flight! I know how hard to capture it is. Composition is very good, same as details but most of all I like deep green colour of BG. Superb!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-20 4:16]

Belle et intéressante macro pour ce superbe insecte en plein vol d'approche. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté malgré le mouvement.
Well Done !!!

Very nice action shot Şebnem!
Good details!
Good sharpness!
Good composition!

Excellent shot Sebnem! High degree of difficulty for this one..It's a great in-flight with very good details and sharpness..I tried these again the other day. Just getting a sharp image with it sitting was hard enough for me! ;-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-20 7:09]

WOOOW! Fantastic macro Sebnem!!! This is really great! Razorsharp details & superb colors. Excellent composition. TFS!

Great flight-in shot Sebnem.
This is not an easy one to get, I know, you mange great.
Very good details, POV, composition and colours.
Excellent work.

Very nice shot, a difficult one to capture so well. The blurred wings give a sense of motion to the image, well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-20 7:59]

Fantastic macro Sebnem, i like your compositon the colours & sharpness are perfect, you did a great work,

Have a nice day!


Excelent shot, well done on this composition.
Beautiful colors.


Great shot Sebnem!
The colours are amazing and everything else almost perfect.
I like it very much.
Well done!

An amazing macro of this hover-fly and flower, Sebnem! Your composition is very well done, with interesting and clear detail, good lighting, POV and BG. Thank you.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-20 11:29]

This is very well done Sebnem! The composition is excellent and you manage to freeze him in his "tracks" The exposure is very good as well.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Lovely shot Sebnem,
Beautiful colours, good detail and sharpness.
Thanks for posting

excellent capture!
Very good macro shot with great sharpness!
Great exposure, shortly great frame, well done!

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-04-20 14:13]

Difficult shot, with a great detail level!
This specie is one of our most common, but I didn't shot one with this quality in flight.
Superb one, I like it.

Wow, this is incredible, such detail! An amazing macro shot. The composition is brilliant, the flower and the bg.
Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-20 15:52]
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Hey, Sebnem, I have no words to describe how I did enjoy this.

Let me try: excellent pov and composition. Colors and lighting are simply perfect, and so is sharpness. The bg is very nice.

In sum: to me, it's perfect.

Just a curiosity: you used ISO 400. If I use this ISO in my camera, a lot of noise is produced. Does this happen with yours?



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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-20 17:05]

Fantastic capture. How tough it must be to catch a flying wasp with a macro. Great composition, colours and details.

Great composition, you caught it very well. Good details, sharpness and POV.
Well done.

Superbe Photo
Great Shot
Very sharp the colours are excellent and at 400 ISO no noise. How can you have pictures without noise at 400 ISO with your D70 ?
Is my main problem.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-21 22:25]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. An hover-flies in flifgt: my dream!
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you, Sebnem.

An excellent macro shot! Very nice colors, and sharp detail.. Very well done!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-22 5:11]

Şebnem harika bir çalışma, bir parça bu işle ilgilenen herkesin takdir edeceği kalitede.
Tebrik etmekten başka birşey kalmamış.
Ellerine sağlık.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-25 14:59]

There, Sebnem, I place him into 60 for you - a very striking picture, beautifully caught in-flight, I just love it, great POV too - TFS

What a great macro in-flight capture Sebnem, congratulation on this one. Super post.

Excellent capture Sebnem.

I am surprised of the sharpness (freezing of movement) using only 1/800 second but it often is a matter of shooting in the right split second. The colours are spot on and the composition is very good.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-02 3:46]

Hello Sebnem, this is a very nice shot and worthy of praise for the inflight action. It's a lot of work to get these. I admire your patience and determination. I think Andy is right of the ID. Great shot.

A difficult picture, but you did well, good sharpen, DOF is good, and POV is also a good point.

Perfect on every aspect, Sebnem. Right speed, to just freeze the wings a bit, right aperture to get the desired amount of DOF, plus superb colors and perfect exposure. I know how difficult it is to get these right. Very well done!

hello:) beauty shot:) exellent DOF:) I like how she is freezing:D:D:D great one:)



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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-06-18 3:36]

Hello Sebnem, je n'avais pas vu cette superbe macro !J'ai essayé de faire celà mais sans succés, le piqué est trés bon et les couleurs parfaites . Toutes mes félicitations Didier.

Hi Sebnem,
This is one of the greatest macro shots I have ever seen. Nice POV and COMPO. Great focussing, light, occation.
Everything is perfect.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-26 4:49]

Hi Şebnem!
Wonderful in flight macro.Details,sharpness,POV and composition are beautiful.Thanks for posting.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-27 3:52]

Hello Şebnem!
Great capture and great timing.POV,colours,DOF and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting...

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-08 21:38]

Wow, not easy to shot. You were extremely successful! Congratulations - superb photo! TFS! Michal

Wow. Great shot. You've captured the action at just the right moment and the composition and colors are great


Excellent composition and detail difficult to capture in sharpness.
Well done.

Hi Sebnem,
Very difficult shot. Well done. Good composition, details, colors.

Hi Sebnem,
Incridible catch with excellent detail,
very nice composition and great colour.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Sebnem!
Wonderful action capture.It's very close and well detailed.I liked POV,colors,lighting and composition also.Thanks, have a nice days.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-09 3:10]

Hi Sebnem.
Wonderful composition, great moment with very nice colors ans details.

Hello Sebnem,
Excellent in fligt macro.I liked frozen body,blurred wings,sharpness and composition
very much.Thanks for posting.

Hi Sebnem,
Excellent macro.Details and sharpness on body are perfect.Thanks for posting.

Hi Sebnem
Elle est très joli cette photo de cette abeille et
belle composition les couleurs sont jolies, beaux contrastes et beau BG
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-07-01 1:04]

Hi Sebnem!
Incredible timing and sharpness. A dificult shot very well taken. Beautiful colours and contrast to BG.

Hello Sebnem,
First time to read that this hover fly other name is flower fly. I like the way you freeze this fly in mid air. Composition, pov, dof are great.

Hi friend!
Very good photo, all details are very well seen!
Good light, color, and sharp detail!
Take care Ana:)

Merhaba Şebnem,
Mükemmel zamanlama,
Harika renkler,
Netlik ve detaylar da çok başarılı,

Hi Sebnem, splendid macro with perfect details and great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS the nextone will be your 100th post on TN, I'm waiting for it:)

Merhaba Sebnem what an excellent sharp detailed still perfect focus and timing a difficult shot indeed well executed tfs Selamlar Necip.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-29 13:22]

merhaba sebnem
tam da havada iken cicege yaklasan bu hoverfly'i iyi yakalamissin. kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, alan derinligi, renkleri, netligi ve detaylari harika bir calisma olmus
eline saglik

Hi Sebnem,
Great shot...lovely timing. Excellent details and perfect BG.

I really would love to learn to do this type of work.
Magnificient piece of work.
No further comment, just:
Best regards,

Hello Sebnem,
Great capture of the approaching hovefly!
Superb details in the insect, just the right amount of motion blur in the wings...
Well composed presentation, attractive colours!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-18 4:58]

Hi Sebnem.
Thanks a lot for your interest and kindness.
Amazing in-flight picture with terrific green colour tones. I like crisp sharpness of the hoverfly, outstanding composition of the shot and nice pictured subject. POV, DOF and exposure parameters are selected perfectly. bravo and TFS.

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