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No sting!

No sting!
Photo Information
Copyright: Gary Johnson (Ash249) (21)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S7000z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-14 15:55
Viewed: 4100
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all, first post here so go easy.
I'd like to share this image with you, it was taken with my S7000 on macro mode last Autumn on a lovely blue flower. I love the yellow and blue colours.

Comments/critique welcomed.


edit: title changed :)

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To rha: Many ThanksAsh249 1 05-15 01:23
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-14 16:21]
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Hi Gary, welcome to TN. I know you said go easy but I will give you my views. Firstly it's a nice colourful shot and a good point of view. The insect has no sting - it's a hoverfly (probably Syrphus ribesii). The focus is a little soft but you can make you life a little better by increasing your DOF, F2.8 is too shallow for macros. There is also some overexposure on the background petals. I hope you take my comments as constructive. Look forward to more of your work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-14 17:24]
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HI Gary, welcome to TN. And my first bee turned out to be a hoverfly too. I'd NEVER heard of them before, but at TN, if you are happy to accept the critiques, you will learn heaps and have fun. There are many very helpful people here (like Paul, PDP) who can teach us a lot. So hang on and keep shooting with that camera!
I like your composition here, great colours and details. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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  • rha (10)
  • [2005-05-14 18:04]
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Hi Gary and welcome to TN. What vivid colours and fine details.
I agree the focus could be sharper.
Well done

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-14 18:07]

Hey, Gary, welcome to Trek N.

Yep, everyone here likes to improve their photography and where else will one find that opportunity.
Paul has said all I can say, O.E, F9.0 or above and focus.
Overall though, you did well on this effort and using a compact, one above mine with shutter delay etc.
So, your composition is fine, keep posting, your pics will improve the more you shoot. :) :)


A very good closeup. There may be a little overexposure, but I think the trade-off for that is the nice highlighting of the fuzzy body of this hoverfly. Hope you stick around and do more postings. As was already stated, there's a wealth of information here on Trek Nature.

Hi Gary, nice close-up for the first post.
It's little overexposure and soft but nice colours and well composed. As mention you need a higher f-stop for a better DOF.
Well done.

Welcome to TN.

Hello Gary,
all has been said already about your picture... Keep up the good work and welcome on TN

Absolutely stunning colors and great macro. An interesting POV with no stinger visible, good title!!


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