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looking over the edge

looking over the edge
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-05 12:53
Viewed: 3372
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Drone Flies below can be seen in everybody's garden in summer. Larvae of the Drone Fly are very remarkable. They live in stale and very polluted water with almost no oxygen. As a solution to this problem they developed a very long tube on the backside of the body. This tube is put out of the water like a kind of a periscope and is used to breath through. This tube is probably the reason why in Dutch they are called Rat's Tail Larvae. The Drone Fly does look like a common Honey Bee indeed. It is more robust, shiny and a little darker though. The two animals are also easily told apart by the eyes: Drone Flies have very large eyes, typical of flies. Drone Flies make up the infamous genus of Eristalis. Infamous for this genus is comprised of some 15 species. These species are real look-a-likes and very hard to tell apart. The females are even harder to identify for not only are they extremely variable, they often also lack the orange spots commonly found in males. Below two very common species: Eristalis tenax and Eristalis pertinax. The difference between the two species is the last part of the leg, just above the foot: in E. tenax it is always black and in E. pertinax it is always yellow.
This very nice article I have from

Yes, I like this one. In this one I did good for the composition, the fly and the yellow flower as a strong contrast. I hope you like it to.
gr. Jaap

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I really like this image Jaap, it's nice and sharp. I'm also really drawn to the spider captured on the underside of the flower, a nice bonus!
A great image, nice tight composition. Thanks for posting.

Hello Jaap! A very fitting title. Well composed with a great POV..Great contrast/colors..Excellent details within your DOF. Great work!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-07-05 14:21]

I love the focus on the eye...
great colors with wonderful composition...
very well done...

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-05 15:12]

Hey, is that spiderman under the flower?
Excellent shot, well done on the POV and composition. Excellent view.
Just a tad O.E. on some parts?

Excellent work


Nice shot Jaap,
Good POV, good sharp detail and colours. Nicely composed.
Well captured, Thanks for posting

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-05 16:18]

Hi Jaap!
Good macro.Nice colours and composition.Interesting note.
Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-05 16:52]

Troszeczkê brakuje ostro¶ci, ale i tak fotka jest fajna. wspania³e oczy owada.

Hello Jaap,

Superb catch of sight! Beautiful colors and very fine contrast make to this photograph a masterpiece. Cheer. TFS, cordially.
Composition: ****
Contraste(Sharpness): ****
Couleurs(Color): ****
PDC(DOF): ****
PDV(POV): ****
Note: ***

Superbe prise de vue! Belles couleurs et contraste très fin font de cette photo un chef-d'oeuvre. Bravo. Merci pour le partage, cordialement,

Maravilhosa sua foto.
Macro rica em detalhes.
Adoro abelas.

Very nice composition!
the POV is great. I like the little spider hide under the flower ...
TFS, Laurent

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-07-06 2:29]

Dag Jaap,
Het moeilijkste is een foto plaatsen naar uw vorig succes, men gaat altijd gaan vergelijken, nochtans vind ik deze zeker niet slecht, door het contrast van de gele bloem en de bruinachtige vlieg en de kop die hier mooi te zien is maakt de foto zeer aantrekkelijk.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-06 4:04]

Hello Jaap!
Very nice close up.Colors,details,framing and composition are perfect.Excellent work!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-07-06 4:08]

And we can notice another subject on this flower - probably an aphid. Very sunny and colorfull. Drone fly is detailed and looks very good. Great post Jaap!

Hi Jaap!
Thisa is superb cmposition. This flower looks like a dish ;-)

Hello Jaap!
Wonderful macro.It's so close and well detailed.Thanks for sharing.

Very nice capture Jaap, you caught him well in the cup. Nice details and colours which fill the frame well. Good work.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-06 7:42]

Good? You did great when it comes to composition. The title is great and the fly looking over the edge is funny. Good details and lovely colors Jaap. Well done & TFS!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-06 10:32]

Hello Jaap!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-07-06 12:22]

Hé hé, il y a un intrus sur cette photo, bonne composition, belles couleurs de l'ensemble.
Hé Hé, there is an intruder on this photograph, good composition, beautiful colors of the unit.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-06 12:43]

Jaap, once more, really close.

Excellent details and composition. Pleasant colors and great sharpness.

A very nice job.

Very good macro, Jaap.
Well composed, very good POV, nice colours and good details.
Great work, my friend.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-07 3:30]

Beautiful and interesting shot for this drone, little spidder and nice flower ! Composition, pose, colors, details and sharpness are good ! Thanks for sharing.

Nice one, I agree with you about the good composition, it is very strong with so many things to look at. I like it this way, you know I like them big and detailed :D
Nevertheless background looks lovely to step back a bit and open more the photo. Great post. Have a nice weekend!

Hi Jaap
Very good focus on the head, and particularly on the eye. Colors are vivid and attractive.
Well done !

This is E. pertinax

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