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Dolichopodid Fly in Flight

Posted by
Jason Politte (Conway, AR, United States) on 27 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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[Macro Insect Week]

These tiny flies like to flit around from leaf to leaf but will occasionally stay still long enough to get a shot or two off. One thing I found out when using flash is that they often will take a short hop in the air before landing again whenever the flash fires. It took me a four or five shots to get one in which the fly was both mostly in focus and totally in the frame.

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Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great capture Jason

27 Sep 2012 5:48am

marceline from tournai, Belgium

objet volant non identifié.. superbe la vibration...

27 Sep 2012 6:05am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Excellent capture, Jason - I like the sparkle of light from its wings

27 Sep 2012 6:09am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Your timing is perfect

27 Sep 2012 6:53am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

terrific shot , bravo

27 Sep 2012 8:17am

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

beautiful shot!

27 Sep 2012 9:10am

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

Nice capture

27 Sep 2012 9:13am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

They are never easy to get

27 Sep 2012 9:14am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture in flight ! Beautiful .

27 Sep 2012 10:43am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Superb capture indeed !

27 Sep 2012 11:13am

Heinz from Germany

Jason, Super dieser Anflug.

27 Sep 2012 11:23am

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

I love the way the fly seems to dwarf everything else here. Such a tiny insect and amazing picture! Well done my dear! 5*!!!

27 Sep 2012 12:03pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great action shot - superb timing

27 Sep 2012 12:21pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is fabulous, Jason!! I agree with Karen too...the smallest creature here loks significantly large! I love everything about this, the motion sense, the lightong, his angle ("Sky King to Tower, come in tower...landing on which runway??" This is just fabulous - GREAT work - and thank you so much for your comment to me today...I had to be a smart ass in my response but sincerely appreciate your friendship.pmmentary, and are the best! dj

27 Sep 2012 12:22pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks very much, Denny! Oh, I know how you feel about work. LOL

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Very cool timing ! I love the splay of the legs and those glistening wings in action.

27 Sep 2012 12:45pm

@Rick: Thanks much, Rick - those two things are my favorite aspects of the photo. :-)

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Not very much in line for landing a great shot very well framed. This is excellent.

27 Sep 2012 1:33pm

@gerard1948: Thank you very much, Gerard. No worries, he got lined up iin time to land properly. :-))

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb shot.. very hard to time this.

27 Sep 2012 1:38pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

Wow ! A 5 stars macro !

27 Sep 2012 1:39pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much - glad you like this. :-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel cpatage en plein vol de cet insecte superbe avec ce battement des ailes.

27 Sep 2012 1:51pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

I am amazed at the intricate touches and color captured in this humble micro. Good eye Jason!

27 Sep 2012 3:04pm

@Joyce: Thanks Joyce!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Amazing that you caught him mid-air, coming in for a landing.

27 Sep 2012 3:04pm

franz from Baden, Austria

like an F-5 approaching the flight deck ... superb !!!

27 Sep 2012 4:18pm

@franz: Thanks much, Franz!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Elle a sorti son train d'atterrissage!!! Splendide macro. Bonne journée.

27 Sep 2012 4:24pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Gorgeous focus here Jason, probably one of my favourite of yours to date. Really great photography.

27 Sep 2012 4:35pm

@Ainsley: Thanks very much, Ainsley. Glad you like it. :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Whoa! Now that is something that you don't see captured every day! How did you manage this? It must have been such a "split second" shot! Excellent DoF as well.

27 Sep 2012 5:31pm

@Steven: Thanks Steven! I was photographing these flies and decided I needed a bit of fill flash for these shots. Whenever the flash fired, these guys would hop off their leaves before setting back down again. So, I would just get the focus and composition set and then take the shot. So, with the flash making these flies hop, it allowed me to catch them in the act. It took a few tries to get a decent shot as most ended up out of the frame or horribly out-of-focus.

tataray from france, France

Wow.... prise au vol . Le déclic au moment propice.
Génial et excellent... Remix.))

27 Sep 2012 5:33pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is a fantastic capture Jason! I was reading how you did this. Amazing! (I am still trying to figure out the dew drops!)

27 Sep 2012 8:17pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks very much, Elaine - so glad you like this. I'll be looking for your dew drop photos in the near future. :-)

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

She's going to crash into your lens ;-)) Great capture and excellent timing !!! Well done Jason ...

27 Sep 2012 10:43pm

@Baldwin: Ha ha - thanks much, Baldwin!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

27 Sep 2012 11:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Remember the WWII footage of airplanes landing on an aircraft carrier? You captured the insect world equivalent. Brilliant!

28 Sep 2012 1:32am

@Steve Rice: I know exactly what you're talking about, Steve. Thanks very much! :-)

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29 Sep 2012 7:53pm