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Less Inclined to Hover

Less Inclined to Hover
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-24 11:06
Viewed: 3378
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This species of hoverfly belongs to the genus Chrysotoxum, of which there are several species that are variable and difficult to differentiate. With this difficulty in mind I think this is C. elegans. Typical for this genus are the comparitively long antennae. They don't hover as much as other hoverflies, but they do like visiting flowers. Their larvae develope in compost.

At over 15 mm long this is a fairly large hoverfly and one of the earliest to appear in Sweden. I caught this individual at a distance of about two meters and cropped the image by about 50% and sharpned it after size reduction.

I would have liked a better DOF but as the wind was moving the leaf that it was on I opted for a higher shutter speed.

The degree of noise in this shot is low enough not to need treatment.

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To marmottelolo: Focusing distance.Argus 2 05-24 14:25
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Hi Ivan
These time a fly. I think that I have never seen that genus on treknature. Some problems with sharpnes but the image i nice and we can see the fly as in field guide
Best wishes

It is very nice macro..

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-24 11:21]

Hi Ivan, Superb macro of the hover fly. Lovely colour and sharp details. Excellent POV and DOF. I like the sheen on its wings. The green leaf as BG looks wonderful. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Ivan,
a nice shot of a beautiful hoverfly.
You manage well with your long lens and the picture is pretty sharp. Well composed and good POV.
Well done.

Blomflugor är ett helsicke att identifiera, jag hoppas verkligen att boken om tvĺvingar kommer snart.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-24 11:27]

Hi Ivan,

Marvelous macro of this fly! The yellow and black show up beautifully against the green leaf. Terrific details - I love the position of the wings.


Hi Ivan,
Nice shot. The image is well focused. POV is great as upper side of this hoverfly is in full view. Great exposure and colors are vivid. TFS this fine image.

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  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-05-24 11:51]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice! It is well exposed and the hoverfly is in exceptionally sharp focus. You also did a good job with your crop. Placing the main subject off center and on a diagonal, makes for a very effective composition, which is all too rare in this kind of photo.
TFS, Joel

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-24 13:19]

selam İvan; really excellent macro shot of this hoverfly, very good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

bonjour ivan
excellente cette mouche syrphe,les couleurs sont naturelles et la netteté est bonne.
a quelle distance pouvez vous prendre avec le teleconvertisseur1.4x.

Good to see a Hoverfly from you, Ivan.
A very successful capture with sharp focus and splendid natural colours.
Thanks and take care.

Hi Ivan, splendid Chrysotoxum elegans, sharp composition with wonderful details and great colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-24 14:52]

Hello Ivan, impressive capture, excellent macro work, what a beauty, great POV, composition, and sharpness, the collors and details are fantastic..well done...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-24 15:06]

Hi Ivan

This is a very beautiful macro capture.
I really like the sharpness of every single details here and the lovely contour is designes between the hoverfly andthe leaf. The exopsure here was pretty tricky, but you managed it perfectly, carefully not overexposing the bright side of its body.
The natural colors are wonderful and the DOF is exceptional.

Bravo and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-24 16:59]

Hi Ivan.
Very good capture this Hoverfly.Good sharp details and beautiful true colors.Well composed and accurate sharpened.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-25 0:29]

super macro of the hoverfly and the texture of the leaf is very well defined too.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Argus, this is excellent colour and detail on this guy, and the shot as a whole. I think your depth of field is great. I like how you've pulled up the hairs on the curve of the leaf.

Thanks, John

Hej Ivan
Nice and sharp shot of this hover-fly. I like it as it is.
As you and Gert said it is to much green on trees which makes more difficult to photograph birds. It is mow insects and other creatures from ground on spotlight. Maybe I will try to make some and need your expertise to find ID :) I have new 100mm 2.8 macro which I bought last year and newer used.

Ha en trevlig helg och hälsa Ulla :)

Hola Ivan,
Bonita toma, con gran nitidez mostrando muy bien todos los detalles, bellos colores naturales e iluminación excelente. Saludos
josé Ramón

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-25 5:36]

Ivan, nice shot of this fly. The composition and the pov is too good ganesh

You have an interesting specie here. I am tired of looking at hovers, but if I came across this one, it would maybe confuse me. It really looks like a wasp at a first glance.
Nice suny details and clearness.
Thanks and reagards.
PD: Thanks for your ident tip too, it is appreciated.

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