Hover Fly Hovering

© Paul R. Nelson

Hover Fly Hovering

Arthur Bohlmann June 11, 2012

I won't even say how many times I tried to photograpg these insects and failed. hats off to you Paul, nice detail and color #1468562

Paul R. Nelson level-classic June 11, 2012

Thank you, Art. I don't know it it was a courting ritual or why they were doing this, but the fact that they were consistent helped me to be in the right place to capture this. The flash also helped, as it resulted in an effective shutter speed much faster than the actual shutter speed. My Tamron lens is very well suited for manual focus, but it was a challenge to get them focused before they zipped off again. But it was also a lot of fun trying. #10176627

Liz blahh June 11, 2012

Awesome capture! #10176851

Paul R. Nelson level-classic June 11, 2012

Thank you, Liz! #10176889

David Resnikoff level-deluxe June 12, 2012

Right on the spot

Perfect focus.

Another great Take

David R #10177342

Philip B. Ludwig level-addict June 12, 2012

Wow! Great job on this. #10177768

Paul R. Nelson level-classic June 12, 2012

Thank you, David. Thank you, Philip. I really appreciate the compliments. I was actually surprised at how well this came out, but pleasantly so. #10178223

Rita K. Connell level-classic June 14, 2012

the only word I can come up with is AWESOME....!!! #10179741

Paul R. Nelson level-classic June 14, 2012

Thank you most kindly, Rita. #10180011

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I found a number of these hover flies in a little patch of woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula alternating between flying motionless in one spot to zipping away only to return to flying motionless again. Their movements were always in a linear pattern, so I located myself appropriately and photographed them when they momentarily hovered in front of me. Tamron 180mm Macro, Kenko 1.5x converter,180mm x 1.5 = 270mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, Canon 580 EXII on macro flash bracket, camera on BushHawk shoulder mount. Manual Focus. Processed in Lightroom 4.

Uploaded on June 11, 2012

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