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Mating flies in flight

Mating flies in flight
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-01 0:05
Viewed: 2694
Points: 54
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I found this unknown species of flies mating in my backyard and wondering whether to follow them. They were hovering sometimes but going round in the same place under the tree. I knew the difficulties but tried to capture them. Pushing the ISO to 400, using built in flash and with the camera hand held got few frames. This one the best of the lot. Focusing manually big problem as they turn very swiftly and gracefully, a treat to watch of the aerodynamics of flight. Hope you like this.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-01 0:31]

Wow! Excellent in flight capture. Very hard to get a photo like this
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Nagaraj, amazing macro with fantastin maiting couple of flies, great Focus splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-01 2:08]

Hi Nagraj,a very impressive pic,the top of difficulty,need great class to do a work like that,fantastic sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-01 2:10]

Hello Nagaraj,
Beautifull macro of this flying tandem ! Very good composition and colors!
Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-01 2:19]

Hello Nagaraj,
indeed a stunning capture from you. Very well presented in a very attractive and full of impact.
I wonder the agony of capturing this difficul subject, especially in fligh.
Well done and you are very swift in freezing the moment.


Hello Ngaraj,
Wonderful capture with such good focus and details.
Perfect exposure and focus. The blurred background is superb.
It is not easy to get such a image.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-01 2:55]

Hello Nagaraj,
A sharper version of a shot like this is almost impossible!
Excellent in-flight capture of a pair of a species of Hoverfly in copulo. Their features are seen with good clarity against an ideal natural neutral BG in a pleasing composition.
It is interesting to note that the male is doing the flying here: in butterflies it is often the female that drags her attached male along!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi nagraj.
I have seen this act but never be able to capture one yet.
This is a nice capture with beautiful details.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-01 4:00]

Hello Nagaraj,
A very fine capture of these Hoverflies in flight!
Good focus and details that stand out against the soft backgtound.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

hello Nagaraj
super shot on a good moment
great sharpness and good details
very difficuld to make this picture
greeting lou

Hi Nagaraj
Impressive photo with wonderful colours and …difficult subject.
Regards, Christodoulos.

fantastic shot Nagaraj!
lucky for the time being, but a lot of talent in the shot
thanks sERGIO

This looks like a once-in-a-lifetime capture Nagaraj, the eyes of these hoverflies look formidable from this vantage point and against that neutral BG. TFS indeed!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-01 7:39]

Hello Nagaraj,
Great piece of work! Excellent shapness, details and natural colours in a fantastic composition. Nice blurred BG.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-01 11:44]

Splendid macro shot, TFS!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-01 13:41]

Hello Nagraj,
What a great composition with pair in flight,excellent timing,focusing and perfect colors.TFS.

Hello Nagaraj,
If I do not see, do not believe it!
What a picture! Congratulations and TFS!

Hi Nagraj,
What a great capture! Thanks for your keen observation.
Have a good day with great capture for us.
Samiran Nandy from Santiniketan, WB

Was this pure luck or are you the fastest click on TN? Very unique and great to see you posting!

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-04 6:19]

Hello Nagaraj,
Fantastic image capturing the mating of these hoverflies in flight. Interesting how the male is carring the female during this. You have done superbly to capture this scene so well Nagaraj, thank you.

Hola nagaraj

Una composición excelente y una imagen muy dinámica, perfecta perada de estos diminutos insectos. Una imagen muy buena y gracias por compartirla con nosotros.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hallo Nagaraj,
a superb capture of this mating in-flight, excellent POV and composition with a wonderfull BG
Best regards

Hi Nagraj

A very difficult momment to catch, I know how hard. You did a great job, especially with teh OOF background. Well done.


Excellent flight shot Nagaraj!
Especially so when one considers the very small size of these insects.
Hat's off to ya!!
Happy Holidays :)

hello Nagaraj
what a beautiful capture of mating flies in flight. great timing and focus. plain BG, coloration and POV very nice. it must be hard to capture. thanks for sharing.
a happy new year in 2011 to you and your family.
all the best

This is unbelievable!!! Congratulations!!!

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