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Close up of a robber fly.

Close up of a robber fly.
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24 Comments | Report
natanael
 
natanael January 26, 2014
awesome...
lito
 
lito January 27, 2014
Great macro!
JoeS PRO
 
JoeS January 27, 2014
Incredilble marcro! Well deserved award!
maalikali
 
maalikali January 27, 2014
AMAZING!!!!!!!!
Bannekh
 
Bannekh January 27, 2014
Great shot
nitti
 
nitti January 27, 2014
Outstanding! Congrats on the award
beetlestone
 
beetlestone January 27, 2014
Congrats! Fantastic capture!
Koi_Mau
 
Koi_Mau January 28, 2014
superb macro
denizen1
 
denizen1 January 28, 2014
Thank you so much, Folks!Wasn't sure what I had won!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD January 28, 2014
Gosh, I love the macro bug photos. Great capture.
Snowtop
 
Snowtop February 02, 2014
Wow
xXMartinXx
 
xXMartinXx February 10, 2014
Awesome shot, congrats on the award.
SaintMarino
 
SaintMarino January 23, 2015
Congratulations on your win, absolutely stunning shot!
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wheelerdealer January 23, 2015
Amazing, congrats!
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wheelerdealer January 23, 2015
Amazing, congrats!
denizen1
 
denizen1 January 24, 2015
Once again, thank you to all!!!
Cecirene Premium
 
Cecirene July 18, 2016
Jon, this is AmAzing!! Fantastic stuff!!
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Cecirene July 18, 2016
Kudos to you, on the win!!
dvierno PRO+
 
dvierno July 18, 2016
Congratulations !!! Marvelous photo
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JBordons January 24, 2017
Now you're just showing off! Magnificent macro and interesting composition.
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CPF_Photoart August 16, 2017
Incredible
michellebarnes PRO
 
michellebarnes August 28, 2017
Great shot! Congrats on yr win! ;-)
Cecirene Premium
 
Cecirene August 29, 2017
Magnificent image, Jon!! Well done!!
gman176
 
gman176 October 06, 2019
Superb capture!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Photo was taken at a landscapers, plant nursery in Bear Gap, Penna.
Time
I believe the time was late morning.
Lighting
Sun was very bright so positioning without getting too much light or glare was difficult.
Equipment
Nikon D90, Tamron 90mm macro lens. I believe I had the UV filter on the lens.
Inspiration
This is what I love. I have had an avid interest in insects and spiders since I was a kid. The macro world hides some spectacular creatures. This one is a small robber fly in the genus of Halcocephala.
Editing
I moved the light levels down a bit and cropped for composition. When shooting an insect this small, and we could probably put 3 or 4 of these adults on a dime, it is extremely difficult to compose in the field.
In my camera bag
The only lens I use for shots like this is the Tamron 90mm macro. I do have a few other lenses and filters but they are not really usable for this type of photography.
Feedback
Be passionate. Be patient. Your subjects are very tiny and most often quite shy. Along with their compound eyes, many insects have a second set of "eyes" called, occelli. They are very primitive and more of a photo-receptor gauging light and dark. So just the passing of your shadow can cause them to flee. Spiders are very sensitive to vibration. And learn a little bit about plants particularly wildflowers and weeds. You can't find a dogbane beetle on a rosebush.

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