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Old May 18, 2007, 10:30 AM   #1
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Had a bit of sunshine today after a week of dull and often wet weather....as usual with the sun came a few subjects to shoot....

#1 Bubble blowing fly.....



#2 Strange looking fly, no idea of the ID....



#3 Ichneumon Wasp.....very surprised to find one of these in the garden....



#4 another black and white fly for Vaiboy :-)......



#5 head-on fly shot.....same fly as #1....



#6 Bluebottle closeup....



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Old May 18, 2007, 10:39 AM   #2
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Very nice work Mark. I love the way youusethe light/flash. It blends in nicelywith the existing light.

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Old May 18, 2007, 10:47 AM   #3
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Thanks Emmanuel, I always try and balance flash with the available light as I think it gives more natural results. Glad you liked the shots...

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Agree, the lighting is very well done! And sharpness is very good too!

For composition, try to go to their eye level, and get the camera parallel to it. Will get a better compo and the entire subject in the DOF.
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Old May 18, 2007, 1:12 PM   #5
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Thanks Tan. The 2 insects on the leaves were in very awkward spots so I had to make do with whichever angle gave me a clear shot. Composition is something I`m going to try and work on, so appreciate the tips.

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Old May 18, 2007, 5:10 PM   #6
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That bubble blower is incredible, good work!
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Old May 18, 2007, 5:23 PM   #7
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Thanks vaiboy, it was a stroke of luck that the fly was in a spot not being buffeted by the strong wind.The pic`s cropped a bit as it was a pretty small fly but it turned out ok.

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Old May 18, 2007, 9:38 PM   #8
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I think #2 might be a dance fly, at least that's the closest I can find to the picture.
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Old May 18, 2007, 9:43 PM   #9
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A nice series of shots. These bubble blowing flies; do you know why they do that?
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Great detail, terrific lighting. Well done Mark.
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