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Infrequent visitor to the butterfly bush, faster than most and hair trigger to a finger touching the flower hes feeding on

Unless hes actually engaged, focussed, on eating. Contained.

Then you have to be it to get it, the shot. A matter of focus.

Colourful, unpredictable little thing wild elusive beauty.

Never met a fly with mental issues ...



May 10, 2017 at 08:52 AM
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Stunning, bravo!


May 10, 2017 at 11:39 AM
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I agree that these are stunning Mark. You are doing a masterful job of lighting these. What's your flash setup to get such great light without spectral highlights? ~ Ron


May 10, 2017 at 11:54 AM
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Fizzog wrote:
Stunning, bravo!


Thanks Fizzog, appreciated.

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surfnron wrote:
I agree that these are stunning Mark. You are doing a masterful job of lighting these. What's your flash setup to get such great light without spectral highlights? ~ Ron


Thanks Ron.

Have a look about 1/5th the way down this page - http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - you will see a few of my setups, inc the latest.



May 10, 2017 at 12:32 PM
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Mark, brilliant work, very jealous. What was the equipment setup?


May 10, 2017 at 12:33 PM
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a well-lit and great details set :-)


May 10, 2017 at 01:21 PM
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Masterfully done Mark. Breathtakingly beautiful.

Birdie



May 10, 2017 at 02:56 PM
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quigsby wrote:
Mark, brilliant work, very jealous. What was the equipment setup?


Thanks Quigs..., appreciated.

Have a look about 1/5th the way down this page - http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - you will see a few of my setups, inc the latest, which I used on this.

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tntcorp wrote:
a well-lit and great details set :-)


Thanks TNT..., appreciated.

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birdied wrote:
Masterfully done Mark. Breathtakingly beautiful.

Birdie


I was ready for this one, having observed it on the two mornings before this one. It only came in the second hour of day and only to this pink flower. As you know as soon as it dips its head to sup it becomes focussed and there is between one and a few seconds to get the shot. Since I was already in position when it arrived I had the advantage.

Thanks Birdie, much appreciated.




May 10, 2017 at 04:05 PM
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Mark,

The ultimate fly in splendid images.

Harold



May 10, 2017 at 08:20 PM
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MarkB1 wrote:
Thanks Ron.

Have a look about 1/5th the way down this page - http://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ - you will see a few of my setups, inc the latest.


Thanx Mark.



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Unbelievable.

Kenny



May 10, 2017 at 09:00 PM
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where is the button to vote??


May 10, 2017 at 10:33 PM
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These are stunners Mark

Morris



May 10, 2017 at 10:48 PM
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e6filmuser wrote:
Mark,

The ultimate fly in splendid images.

Harold


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surfnron wrote:
Thanx Mark.


Any questions just ask.

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Kenj8246 wrote:
Unbelievable.

Kenny


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tntcorp wrote:
where is the button to vote??


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morris wrote:
These are stunners Mark

Morris


Thanks all for comments, appreciated.



May 12, 2017 at 02:35 AM
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Absolutely remarkable work to capture this beauty so well Mark.

Kirk



May 12, 2017 at 02:39 AM
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KirkB wrote:
Absolutely remarkable work to capture this beauty so well Mark.

Kirk


Thanks Kirk, appreciated.



May 13, 2017 at 04:03 AM
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Love the colours and the detail; what an eye.....on both sides of the lens!!
Don



May 16, 2017 at 03:54 AM
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Your images always intrigue me

To be honest, there are blown highlights all throughout ... and the lighting is anything but natural-appearing.

The appeal, IMO, is similar to the movie Avatar--its magical and surreal effect. 99x out of 100, if someone posts a photo of a freaking common fly ... no matter how well-executed ... no one cares. Why? Because we've all seen them 10,000 times.

But your images make even a freaking bottle fly incredibly interesting ... jaw-dropping, even ... blown highlights, neon/unnatural colors, and all

You definitely have perfected a signature, unique style.



May 17, 2017 at 06:42 AM
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DonGut wrote:
Love the colours and the detail; what an eye.....on both sides of the lens!!
Don


thanks Don, appreciated.



May 17, 2017 at 03:56 PM
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JohnK007 wrote:
Your images always intrigue me

To be honest, there are blown highlights all throughout ... and the lighting is anything but natural-appearing.

The appeal, IMO, is similar to the movie Avatar--its magical and surreal effect. 99x out of 100, if someone posts a photo of a freaking common fly ... no matter how well-executed ... no one cares. Why? Because we've all seen them 10,000 times.

But your images make even a freaking bottle fly incredibly interesting ... jaw-dropping, even ... blown highlights, neon/unnatural colors, and all

You definitely have perfected a signature, unique style.


Is this what is called a back-handed compliment?

I think I've said it before. I don't see it as my 'job' to reproduce but to represent. And I do so as I see it. Who's to say the way you, or anyone, sees 'it' is right? Or more right than another that sees it differently? I know, there's a tongue in cheek there somewhere. :-)

But really, technically 'correct' has its place, as a guide while learning. Once learned it becomes a straitjacket and 'should' be thrown off, to do your own thing. Or you're just reproducing what has already been produced.

You see, I don't see the common fly as common at all. It is one of nature's marvels, and deserves to be presented as such.

BTW, this is not a common fly at all. I have seen it maybe three times in ten years. It is a male drone fly of some kind, I believe. Out patrolling his territory one morning. I was lucky to see him and got an idea of his routine so could plan for his capture and the background - as much as these things can be planned in the wild. He didn't come again. But maybe next year ...

Thanks Jack ...




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