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Fly on the Mountain
Fly on the Mountain
lynnmarie


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Nature Study Area, Hays High School (KS)
Date: Jul 2, 2007
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 2, 2007

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Comments: 23
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This is a robber fly on a plant called Snow-on-the-mountain (Eulphorbia marginata), which is related to poinsettias.

OK, I know this is an odd combination, but I just couldn't resist.

(oops...forgot that my ISO was set at 400)

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08/07/2007 11:37:51 AM
Excellent capture! Sharp, clear, clean and very crispy!

By the way, you've doing very well with your new camera, Lynn. I also love wild flowers, but don't know the names of anyone. Great job on your front page!!!
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07/19/2007 11:56:33 PM
Oh wow! Nice job capturing all the detail of this fly!
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07/15/2007 09:22:38 PM
Nicely captured..... I love the title.....
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07/11/2007 06:26:43 PM
Originally posted by Tuckersmom:

Now that is one gorgeous flower perfectly captured. LOVE IT. The green is such a nice soothing green and the white just pops. Detail is great and the fly is a nice touch (although I'm not much of a bug person). Only one thing I would change and this is really picky, I know, would be to remove that little piece of debris on that one leaf on the right side.


I agree with everything except removing the debris ... hey, that's nature. Love it as it is. This is an absolutely fantastic shot. Beautiful!!!!
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07/10/2007 01:25:38 AM
That is a strange looking pointy little fly. I love the leaves for this flower.
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07/03/2007 09:26:38 PM
Oh, that is not a pretty bug! Interesting contrast to have that hairy-looking beast on top of the delicate, pale flower ...
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07/03/2007 08:57:40 PM
Now that is one gorgeous flower perfectly captured. LOVE IT. The green is such a nice soothing green and the white just pops. Detail is great and the fly is a nice touch (although I'm not much of a bug person). Only one thing I would change and this is really picky, I know, would be to remove that little piece of debris on that one leaf on the right side.
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07/03/2007 01:20:41 PM
So clear! Snow-on-the-mountains are beautiful, and you did them justice with this image.
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07/03/2007 08:17:00 AM
Beautiful focus, great detail! I'm glad we don't get those types of flies around here!
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07/03/2007 05:21:45 AM
Crazy ..... LOVE it
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07/03/2007 04:32:56 AM
Nicely captured! Look at those hairy legs..... Wonderful detail!
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07/03/2007 01:52:38 AM
in the words of Mick Jagger: "Hey! You! Get offa my flower!" :)
A robber Fly, eh? I guess this must be some sort of surveillance photo then. LOL

Oh sorry - I am in a weird mood tonight. The images is fantastic. Brad's edit makes it even more so - bringing out the detail in that criminal insect. :)
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07/03/2007 12:43:00 AM
Nice detail on the fly and the flower! Either that is one big fly or a small flower.
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07/03/2007 12:37:23 AM
I have been wondering what that flower is! That is one creepy looking fly!
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07/03/2007 12:05:48 AM
Originally posted by Brad:

The more I looked at this, the more I saw could be done with it:


Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it so much. I sent you a PM.
07/02/2007 11:55:49 PM
Snow on the mountain a great shade plant. I seldom notice them in bloom, this is great.
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07/02/2007 11:45:03 PM
What do you mean ooops it was set to 400? 400 is fine on the 350D/400D.
The tones & levels here look good, as is the sharpness.

The more I looked at this, the more I saw could be done with it:
547397.jpg - to ->547435.jpg

(open each in a new window and switch
between them to see the changes easily)


What I did to it was to make a new layer and select the fly and bring some shadow detail out, then history brush everything back that wasn't the fly. Then made a new layer via copy, used the selective color adjustment, yellow, and added 20% yellow, and erased back all teh leaves to make sure I didn't change their subtle tones. Flattened. Then using the color picker tool (eyedropper), I selected a rather bold yellow (hex#faee2e), and using a soft-edged brush in color burn mode at about 6%, painted over the yellows in the flowers, repeating a few times until it looked plausible without over-saturation. Overlay mode would work as well, and would not alter the base pixels. When done, I flattened and went to selective color adjustments and bumped the whites just a touch.
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07/02/2007 11:03:23 PM
Odd combination, but nice shot!
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07/02/2007 10:44:14 PM
Odd combination leads to a nice image. That robber fly does look like a thief. :)
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07/02/2007 10:40:07 PM
So many different flowers, so little time! "D This is a nice comp & thank you very much for the information. Bugs & flowers go together like PB&J!
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07/02/2007 10:33:43 PM
Haven't encountered Snow on the Mountain before. Great photo.
The flower is so tailored and the fly is very hairy and filigree.
The contrast is really interesting.(I'm a big bug fan anyhow.)
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07/02/2007 10:30:42 PM
That's kewl!
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07/02/2007 10:23:16 PM
Beautiful focus and detail. Lovely colors.
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