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hoverfly in space

hoverfly in space
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Copyright: Urban Olsson (urban) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies), Hoverflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-13 12:27
Viewed: 4336
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
So here is the second hoverfly. Probably another species then the first one but I am no insect expert so...

This picture is taken in the afternoon in full sunlight. The shadows behind the fly came out totally black and I liked the effect. The picture is only croped, contrasted and sharpened.

Comments on the disposition?

The comments are good. I agree that the picture is too dark and the composition wasnŽt that successful. Therefore I added the original picture as a workshop. I made it lighter and croped out some black to the right. Feel free to make a workshop on the original and weŽll se what can be done.

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To ellis49: nya verktygeturban 1 08-14 12:30
To carper: darknessurban 1 08-13 17:19
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Okee comment on the composition,
I have made a WS, and then you said it to me,
I like the flower, and the hoverfly, but not the composition.

Nice color , but it's to dark .
And i'm agree with Jaap about the composition.
I post a WS tomorrow to show,
I have reach the level fot WS today

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-13 14:12]

This one is a male Episyrphus balteatus. I agree with my learned friends about the lack of light. I think you may have captured hover fly poo on the petal, which is an unexpected bonus :-)

I like the dark mood, but I did a small WS to give it just slightly different POV and Impact. Hope you like it.

I am more for the darkness, I must be the strange one, perhaps it is that I appreciate the artistic value more than the nature. (I think its quite rare to find nature photography with a flare of artistic touch because nature photographers have far too many other technical aspects to worry about!)

First, I think when you brighten the picture, you make the "colourful twinkle" (I do not know what to call it) on the wings look less magical.

Second, I like it that you crop out part of the flower because I think the whole flower distracts and takes focus away from the photo and the bee.

Lastly I am very for callie's workshop photo. Like the idea of rotating the photo to make it bee and its structure more dynamically spread out in the frame. Plus callie also cropped to give more flower space in front of the bee and that's exactly what's missing in your original version posted here.

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