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At the edge of water (Helophilus sp.)

At the edge of water (Helophilus sp.)
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E510, ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6, Canon 500D Close-up Lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bee+Fly on flower [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-17 5:47
Viewed: 3250
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The place is on the edge of lotus pond (see workshop). I could not get close enough and this picture is the result of a heavy crop. Time of day is around 9.15 in the morning, bright sun light and ISO 100.

Thanks to Marie for giving the name of this hover fly. Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Species: Helophilus sp.

medio, marhowie, mariki, Alex99, jaycee, uleko, anel, Jamesp, jrobertop, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-17 5:49]

Hello jitti,
A large composition, the photograph is very good and has some excellent color and tonality good frame and perfect approach.
Greetings Jose

Nice image Jitti, the bee & small yellow flower stand out very well in your frame.
Even with the crop, a great post mf :)
Happy New Year!

hello jitti,
inspite of the tight cropping the image quality is quite satisfactory, the colours are lovely and the pov is suitable,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Jitti,
I like the extraordinary flower and the Hover fly; both are depicted sharp.
Well done

Good afternoon Jitti!
You present a very nice image of this hoverfly.
Perfect POV giving us a clear view of its large eyes but also the thorax and abdomen.
Sharp details and good clarity.
I did a workshop to show a different composition using the Rule of Thirds.
Nevertheless and great image.
Well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-17 10:02]

Hi Jitti.
I like both shot. Very nice place and close-up is superb. First of all I am impressed with colour and detail reproduction. All colour tones of the hoverfly, flower and leaves are wonderful and clear. Light and dark of the BG are impressive so much too.
Bravo and best wishes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-17 10:45]

Hi Jitti,

A beautiful shot and a wonderful composition. The hoverfly and the lovely yellow flower stand out so well against the nice fresh green leaves. Colors and details are superb.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-17 11:42]

Hi Jitti

Given the fact that you said this posting "is the result of a huge crop" I think you did extremely well to still capture such details and clarity. I just love it.

It's a wonderful natural scene with the different foliage, the beautiful little flower, and the lovely wee visitor. A good composition with quite sufficient sharpness in the details, splendid colours, and excellent exposure control.

Well done and TFS.

Hello Jitti,
A perfectly clear and sharp hover fly in great detail. Excellent macro work, nicely composed and with very natural colours. Well done & thanks.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-17 19:42]

Hello Jitti

There are some really nice lines in this shot,the leaves have a lovely texture and compliment the hoverfly's yellow and black stripes.
The lighting and contrast is well handled.
The colours are deep and well saturated.
The flower is well exposed.
Spot on focus and sharpness.


Hello Jitti,

Beautiful composition. Good focus and beautiful colours. Well done,


PS: helophilus sp. Which one I do not know.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-18 5:11]

Hello Jitti,
In spite of the heavy cropping this is a fine capture of the Hoverfly on the pretty yellow flower and against a fine leafy background. A fine composition in lovely colours and sharp details.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-18 7:17]

Hello Jitti,
I'm impressed by the sharpness of this image after the heavy cropping. Excellent composition showing both the yellow flower and the Helophilus hoverfly with good clarity. The mimosa-type leaves also form a nice decorative feature.
Well done and thanks for sharing this one,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-18 7:41]

hello Jitti,
Very pleasant composition and a very natural picture. The hoverfly landed on a very fine yellow flower. The whole picture has something poetical.
Thanks and best regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-18 14:48]

Hi Jitti

An excellent composition with great colour, focus and detail.


Hello Jitti,
A magnificent composition!
Wonderful flower with its small fly!
Splendid coloration, sharpness and details.
Natural luminosity very well worked.
Thanks for sharing this marvel.
Josť Roberto

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-19 12:26]

Another excellent macro with great details and curious composition. I like the pose of the hoverfly upon the beautiful flower, but most of all I like the pond in the workshop. How beautiful that place with that luxuriant vegetation!
Magnificent job, dear friend.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hallo Jitti
Although you say you could not get close to this pond, this is just a beautiful scene. The details on the hoverfly is just perfect, and according to the size it is a small flower it is sitting on. Very interesting is the different patterns on the upper and lower part of the insects body. Am I correct if I say there is another insect just below the flower on the one blossom? And it also looks like the shadow of an ant at the bottom of the leaf on the right hand side? The different types of leaves add a special touch to this photo. I enjoyed this photo a lot. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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