Syrphid fly departing

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Syrphid fly departing

Post by rjlittlefield »


Canon D300
Sigma 105mm macro
ISO 200
1/400 sec
direct sun, no flash
crop by 25%

I like this shot for the posture and movement.

I wish I could take credit for the timing, and for placing focus in the middle of the body so that five legs are fairly clear.

But the fact is, it was sheer luck.

I was going for a traditional sharp head shot. It seems that either I twitched, or the fly jumped the right way just as the mirror went up.

Either way, this shot came out much better than all the ones that I planned!


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Post by S. Alden »

When those flies take off, they take off, so catching them in-flight or taking off is hard to do. Accident or not, you did a great job.
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Post by Ken Ramos »

Great image Rik, looks like it is trying to take that piece of anther with him. You know I have been bitten by a fly that looks like this or similar to, and it hurts like @#!%#!! :? :!: Again a great image Rik, thanks :D
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Post by nzmacro »

Very nice Rik !!!. Sharp and great marking on this one. I like the way the wings give movement in this.

All the best Rik. :D