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Hoverfly... Beautiful Eyes

Hoverfly... Beautiful Eyes
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hoverflies, 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-11 9:24
Viewed: 7352
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Hoverfly... Beautiful Eyes

Another specimen of Hoverfly.
In this case, I prioritized the lateral vision of insect with the eye very detalled eye.

This species has a size from 10 to 12mm approximately.
Is the same species that I published recently in flight and you can see HERE.

I hope you like it J

Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1 (without additional lens)
Super Macro: On (max. 4 mpixels)
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/80
Av (Aperture Value) 3.5
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Exposure Compensation: -1
ISO Speed: 50
Lens: 7.2 - 50.8mm
Focal Length: 22.8mm
Image Size: 2272x1704
Image Quality: Superfine
Flash: Off
White Balance: Cloudy
AF Mode: Single AF
Tripod: No (handheld)

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Hello Ricardo!
Very shallow DOF indicates that you must have been really close to the insect. Obviously, the closer you get the harder to achieve spot on focus as you did. Excellent POV and exposure. Very good job! Congratulations,

Hello Ricardo,
Nice shot of this very small insect, with the important parts well focused & detailed.
Good exposure/colors, and well framed also..
Well done & TFS!

Hi Ricardo,
This is a perfect pose and dicisive shot. This fly goes all the way for nectar. May be the big eyes can see the surroundings and approching danger. A perfect picture to see and appreciate. Regards,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-11 15:10]

Hello Ricardo,
Very nice close up.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked POV,dark mood and visual impact a lot.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-09-11 15:40]

Hello Ricardo !
Yes, this Hoverfly has really beautiful eyes ! I really like the composition, the POV and the DOF on this photo, and the blurry BG is beautiful too as it makes the Hoverfly stand out. Beautiful colors and exposure. Very well done !

Hi Ricardo,
Superb macro.Exellent details, colours and lights.Very well composed.
Best regards.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-11 16:54]

Hola Ricardo,
Preciosa macro, con una nitidez, un color y un punto de vista realmente buenos y llamativos. Un cuerpo tan pequeño y unos ojos tan grades sorprenden. Se ve que este insecto depende mucho de la vista.
Un saludo, José M.

Bonjour Ricardo
Très joli et Sombre BG pour encadrer ta charmante Guêpe avec ses yeux charmeurs.
Les détails et les couleurs sont excellents tout comme la composition.
Merci pour le partage

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-11 19:19]

Hello Ricardo,
Very nice macro,
I do like the mix of the sharp edges and the soft fuzzyness. Beautyful focus on the eye and the composition is wonderful.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-09-11 21:18]

Hola Ricardo:
Otro gran macro de "el maestro". Me gustan los detalles de esta captura, sus colores y el enfoque. Bravo!
Un saludo de: Nelly

Hi Ricardo

Good macro. Clear details and good low POV. Nice camera work. :-)

Great close up with excellent details and sharpness.


Hi Ricardo,
This is a wonderful macro. I especially like those nice colors and details. Composition is very good with excellent POV, DOF and beautiful BG. Well done and TFS,

hi ricardo
encore une excellent macro de mouche syrphe,avec de grands yeux,c'est pour mieux te voir mon enfant(a non c'est pas le chaperon rouge).je les croyais toutes jaunes et noires!
merci pour le partage.

Wooow! Why i'm impressed like that, cause the beauties of the soft colours here! and superb lighting especially! Really an wonderful job you did here Ricardo!!! What a pov and pose! i like the bulky white flowers a lot. Just superb post!
BRAVO and TFS!!!

Hola Ricardo,
Te haré la critica después, porque en el monitor que estoy viendo ahora se ve oscuro y no puedo hacer una critica buena.

Una buena captura sin flash, Ricardo.
La atmosfera conseguida es optima para realzar la belleza de los reflejos difusos del ojo granate.
Aunque oscura, es muy agradeble y clara conservando mucho detalle.
Esta vez coincides más con mi gusto a la hora del ajuste de los tonos generales de la foto.
Deberias haber rasurado los estambres más cercanos de la flor antes de sacar la foto :)
Un abrazo en este momento gris e mi existencia fotografica (si no sabes porque lee el foro...)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-12 17:16]

Hi Ricardo
Great close-up shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV
Well done Ricardo


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-12 22:36]

Hello Ricardo

A very well done macro.The DOF is very good.I like the POV you chose.It is like we are right there.The detail of the eyes is excellent.TFS


Hi Ricardo,
Superb macro work with awesome details!
Very well framed, pleasant point of view...
Good colours and details!
Pablo -

Hello Ricardo,
there is a very beautiful softness in this pleasantly well composed macro image, taken from very close distance. Excellent natural colours, very well managed depth of field and exposure.
Thank you! Best regards,

hallo ricardo,
very nice details

Hi mario

Hi Ricardo

many thanks for your kind comment. Today i nearly see all of your gallery. amazing shot with realy good information. intresting. mostly i like the composition and POV. about technical point I just can lear.
well done


Yes I like it Ricardo!
This is a fantastic hoverfly macro. Excellent POV, framing and exposure. Great sharpness, colours, very nice bg and excellent composition. Thank you my friend.

The eye of the hoverfly is the hallmark of this superb macro image, Ricardo.
Great sideways POV, sharpness, details and colours.
Thanks for your kind comment on my new picture.

Hi my dear friend Ricardo. Very very good! No more words brother, just perfect. Thank you for this beauty.
With my best wishes and regards.

A very nice capture Ricardo,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours and exposure. The POV is good and DOF is spot on.
Well composed and excellent notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-15 12:25]
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Beautiful and interesting result of the Canon with additional lens. Good effect of the shallow DOF and soft BG. I like its eyes.
Congratulations Ricardo and thanks for sharing.

Hi Ricardo,

Excellent macro photography with great and sharp details! You've got a beautiful composition on a nice and OOF BG! The colors are warm and natural. Exposure is also great with visible details in the highlights and in the shadows! Very well done! TFS!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-18 17:25]

Hi Ricardo

Splendid macro work acheived here wit ha complact camera. The details and the magnification is very impressive.
Nice details of this small cute hoverfly. ALso very nice contrast between its colors and the ones of the flower it is apparently feeding on :)
I like the DOF, framing and composition, as well.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-25 9:27]

Ricardo bonjour, splendid macro-shot of this Hoverfly." T'as beaux yeux, tu sais!! " from Jean Gabin in a movie!! Beautiful composition and very nice lighting too. Best regards, Didier.

Hi Ricardo,

Exellent capture of this hoverfly.
perfect sharp and detailed
Great POV , DOF and composition
i love the way you've handeled the white of the flower

TFS Thijs

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-29 23:32]

Hi Ricardo,
Nice Hoverfly close-up my friend.
I like your pov,dof,blurred bg,note,framing,colors and details.TFS

Hello Ricardo,
Nice pic. I like the eye.
It is eay to say for me. I'm not seasoned in macro...but a little more DOF would make it better, I guess.
But nice photo...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-27 10:47]

Hi Ricardo.
I like your macro very much. Pose of the hoverfly, its work are amazing. The flower of your shot is a small miracle. The reflection of a material of which flowers are made is delightful. Perfect work. TFS and my best regards.

Very beautiful eyes indeed. :) DOF of this shot is awesome. Very nice creamy background. Very nice color for the background as well. Accents the Hoverfly. Very nice shot.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-22 20:55]

Great macro. Exceptional detail on the eye. Nice colors.

Gran macro. Detalle excepcional en el ojo. Colores de Niza.

hello mon ami
voici une belle photo que je n' avais pas vu, bone réussite malgré que le fond, moi je le trouve un peu sombre, mais chacun ses gouts
amitiès, bonne année 2007 et merci du partage

Excellent Macro detail, POV, light, sharpness, DOF, Composition colours, contrast, saturation, Bokeh are all spot on very well done rgds Necip. Sorry points tomorrow.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-19 12:57]

hello ricardo
i think you are presenting wonderful insect photo and successful macro working. composition, point of view, colours, sharpness and details are great

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-15 16:11]

salut Ricardo,
j'aime beaucoup celle-ci avec un bon contraste des couleurs, et une belle douceur d'ensemble.
bien vu


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