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Am I Beautifull?

Am I Beautifull?
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 4, Hoverflies II, !Mimics, Best of Canon S2-IS, Syrphidae (Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-15 4:59
Viewed: 11519
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoverlies are one of most fascinating insects for sure. Firstly - they're are colorfull and nice looking. Secondly - probably only dragonflies are better aviators than hoverflies. I like to watch these little and fast gems - they're one of many symbols of Polish summer.

Hoverflies are very effective mimics - they imitate many kinds of wasps or bees.

A mimic is any species that has evolved to appear similar to another successful species in order to dupe predators into avoiding the mimic, or dupe prey into approaching the mimic.

There are three types of mimics:

1. Batesian mimics (named after Henry Walter Bates), where the mimic resembles the successful species but does not share the attribute that discourages predation.
2. Müllerian mimics (named after Fritz Müller), where the mimic resembles the successful species and shares the anti-predation attribute.
3. Aggressive mimics, where the mimic resembles a harmless species in order to lure prey.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-15 5:02]
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Very good macro!
Excellent details of the insect's head!
Very good DOF!
Very good BG and POV!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-15 5:51]
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Hello Greg!
Excellent close up.Exposure is spot on.DOF you managed,
POV,blurred BG,3D effect,framing,sharpness,details
and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Grzegorz!
Wonderful macro, very beautiful. It's very close and well detailed. I liked POV, colors,lighting and composition also.Thanks for the good shoting!

Yes you are! Nice lazy bumm you got there, Greg! Is this an early spring or a late image?

Hi Greg,
This is a superb macro shot. The detail is super sharp, with excellent contro;l on the DOF. Exposure is perfect with the beautiful colors.

le BGest tellement bien fait que l'on dirait que l'insecte flotte sur l'eau posé sur une fleur.bravo.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-15 7:42]
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Excellente prise,félicitations pour les détails et les couleurs justes.

Merci pour cette belle composition Grzegorz!


Hi Grzegorz. Very nice macro.POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing .José

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-02-15 7:49]
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Hi Grzegorz, fantastic macro with great DOF, focus, detail and colour. TFS.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-02-15 7:49]
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what fantastic detail - absolutly amazing. and yes - like this is it is beautiful.

very well presented.

Excellent capture. Focus, sharpness, exposure are just perfect. Nice composition, background and colors.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-15 8:08]
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hello Greg,
Its a very nice macro.
Excellent DOF,the hoverfly stands out superbly against the clear BG.
Great colours too.
Nice work,well done.


Excellent details and sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Fantastic work! Well done, Greg. Thank you.
(I think this is Syrphus ribesii)

Hi Greg,
not it's not beautiful but it's a great close-up.
The details are very good. Very good DOF, the subject stands out nicely from the OOF BG.
Great work, my friend.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-02-15 8:25]
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Wow Greg!
An amazing shot! Absolutely beautiful!
Well done indeed!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-02-15 8:50]
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Hi Greg

Yse it is lovely. Great shot. Excellent close-up, with very good focus on the eyes and great detail in the wing and body. Super!



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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-15 8:57]
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Excellent macro Greg,
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2006-02-15 9:32]
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Excellent details in this macro!

You have done an Excellent job here Greg.
Very well done mf. See you later,

Hi Greg,
I love hoverflies - and this is my favourite species, imitating a hornet. I also had some in my garden this year. Your shot is wonderful, I love the sharpness and the colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-15 12:37]
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your not only beautiful, but you are also perfect in my eyes, it is how a shot must be. This is a high quality shot Greg, with my compliments to you for this fantastic work.
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-15 12:42]
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Hay Greg , Hi is beautifullll ,nice shot good sharpnes , and compositie , thanks Teunie .

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  • fototab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 362] (2177)
  • [2006-02-15 16:22]
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Nice macro, Greg. I like it with the colors. Great job.

Hi Grzegorz,
Wow! Ótimos detalhes, cores e nitidez! Perfeita a foto, ótimo trabalho!!! Gostei muito!!

Francisco Sales

Excellent capture Greg.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hello Greg,

I think you have outdone yourself on this masterpiece, and I congratulate you on a very fine macro of this bee and flower.

Fantastic composition, exposure, BG, POV and details.

Thank you for sharing it, and delighting me with this wonderful image of a bee!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-15 21:09]
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Yes, you are (at least, to me).

Excellent colors, excellent sharpness.

I like pov and composition. Lovely saturation and blurred bg.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-15 21:52]
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Amazingly sharp details, Grzegorz.
Very clear image and excellent DOF and blurred BG. : )
TFS. : )

Absolutely, positively sensational. congrats Greg!

Fajna mucha :-)

That's a great shot - good angle, focus, DOF and exposure - just about perfect.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-16 13:41]

Flawless composition.
The S2 IS at its best...
... and you too.

Thank you Greg.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-16 16:51]

Hello Greg, ncie shot of what looks like Volucella inanis. I like these large hoverflies. Good composition and colours, very nicely focussed too. Well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-02-16 17:25]

Hola Grzegorz.- Una exelente foto si seńor, Grandes detalles a la vista, hermosos colores, Felicidades Luis52. Tu nota muy buena tambien.

Really superp shot Greg!
Using of lighting and DOF are amazing.Tack sharp
details,POV,blurred BG are perfect.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Excellent capture. Focus, sharpness, exposure are just perfect. Nice composition, background and colors.

Sell it to canon, it is perfect to hang under the image samples section of their web page. I think they would sell a lot of S2-IS :)

Superb shot!
I like absolutely everything about it. Great details, POV, composition...
Very well done on this one!

Poprostu WSPANIALE!!!
Coz tu sie dalej rozpisywac... :-)
Podoba sie bardzo :-)
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

What an excellent photo this is.
Very inspirational.
One day I might be this good.
I have been to your home town of Lodz.
It is a great place, very photogenic.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.



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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-01-07 16:46]

Hello Grzegorz,
this is the star of all syrphid shots. No comments needed any more. Why don't you amend your ote, saying tat this is a female Volucella inanis? In this way you would satisfy the entomologists as well as the esthetists.
Cheers, Dietrich

Swietne zdjecie, szczegolnie, gdy zdajemy sobie sprawe, jak trudno zrobic fotke syrfidowi. Na moj gust to jest Volucella inanis, ten gatunek nie jest czesty w Polsce srodkowej. Podobne zdjecie zrobilem w... Ogrodzie Botanicznym w 2006 roku :)
Moze kiedys dasz sie namowic na jakis wiekszy pokaz zdjec w ramach Lodzkiego Oddzialu PTE?? :)
Pozdrawiam rowniez z Lodzi!

Bardzo dobre macro!Wspaniała fotka!!!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-27 4:46]

Greg this is very beautiful and really fine macro shot. Just love it.

Very good macro!

Excellent photograph, The eyes of the hoverfly are very sharply focussed and look wonderful. Great work.

Very good close up and sharpness, Greg.
Excellent compo.

Super macro, świetne kolory i jakość zdjęcia, widać każdy detal. Pięknie musi wyglądać w orginalnym formacie.

very nice close up, TFS Ori

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