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UFO or My Dream

UFO or My Dream
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 7:50
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As even joint efforts did not permit to establish a kind of this insect (see my post "Who are you?" http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Ukraine/photo61641.htm), I had to give instead of the basic picture's name ("My Dream") the double title.

There are many fine photos of flying birds in TN gallery. Probably, each photographer dreams to have similar photos in his collection. I'm not exception. However I yet have no telephoto lens, and with a usual zoom it turns out quite good photos, but a general plan.

This insect has allowed me to feel the real photo hunter for flying objects. Having armed with a macro lens, I for the first time managed to make such picture. I hope these skills will be useful to me, when my long-awaited telephoto lens will arrive to me.

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Great actio Macro! This is extremely difficult to complete successfully. The Composition, POV, DOF, BG, Lighting and detail of the subject are all great. TFS this magnificent pic.

Excellent. Very clear shot. Focus and DOF are just right.


This is an amazing shot. I've taken a few flying insects and I know how hard it is.

This is very sharp and the POV is exceptional.

Excellent work.

Ciao Alexei, bella foto macro, bel contrasto , bei dettagli e ottimi colori e per di più la difficoltà dello scatto, bravo!!


Hi Alexei, What can I say.... exceptional isn't strong enough.
Outstanding 'action macro'! I would have been proud to taken this shot. The overall composition, PoV, DoF, blurred background, and detail of the subject are all magnificent. Love the eye and flapping wings! Well done, regards Tim

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-10 8:44]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful shot of this flying insect! The body is very well focused and very isolated from the bg.
TFS, José M.

Very good action picture, very good capture.
The picture is little bit noisy.

Wonderful shot!!!

Well done, regards Emanuele

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  • manibj (168)
  • [2006-07-10 9:12]

Wonderful shot.
Excellent action shot Alexei with nice details and sharpness. Nice BG & POV too.
Well done

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-07-10 9:21]

Hallo Alexei,
you could not have done it much better!
Super picture!

Excellent sharpness, you just "froze" it. I'm surprised you did it with a relatively low speed. I try hard, but i can't see any flaw here :-) ! Congrats.

Bravo pour le vol stationnaire !

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-10 11:13]

Hello Alexei,
Congratulations, you made a quite extraordinary photo having the details so sharp while his wings are in movement.
Beautiful colour and light.

Hi Alexei,

Superb inflight shot. One can think the insect is waiting for some refueling...


HI Alexei,
this is a very good inflight shot with good details.
The pattern and colours in the eye are amazing.
It's well seen from the BG.
Very well done.

c'est une tres belle reussite,bonne netteté malgrés le mouvement et une vitesse assez lente.bravo.

This is an excellent flight shot. I am amazed with the POV and details, really big and in the middle :)
A wonderful work, thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-10 14:05]
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Привет Алексей!

What can I say? You wrote it in best way - this is dream photo! I wonder how hard it was to take and how many time you was waiting for it. But the result is wonderfull! Superb moment and quality. I like pose of this fly and its big tongue. I think this is one of Bombylidae.

I was travelling across your beautifull country twoi years ago. I saw Kiev, Lviv, Zaporoze and almost all Crimea. Unfortunatelly I didn't saw famous Odessa - maybe next time :-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-10 15:08]

Hello Alexei,
An excellent in flight of this insect.
Great focus and good sharp detail.


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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-07-10 15:26]

Espectacular alex, realmente genial tanto en definicion, luz y color. Un foton.
Un saludo

Hi Alexei,
phantastic moment, and also a little funny with the long tongue outside and this big star in the eye. A wonderful shot, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

amazing shot, bravvo
exceptional one...selam

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-10 16:54]

Hi Alexei,
Excellent capture of this fly.
We have them here in our local park and they are pretty annoying and attacks bad.My family stopped coming with me to my daily walk because of this flies.
Excellent capture with excellent pov,dof,details,colors and blurred bg.Well Done.TFS

Hi Alexi
What a great action shot.
Great composition and excellent colors and details.
Nice POV, good depth of color. Well done

Es impresionante como lo has logrado. Enhorabuena y saludos,

Great photo and very difficult to achieve. I particularly like the arcs of the moving wings.

wow, amazing macro-inflight-shot, alexei! :-)
i´ve tried a few flying bees, but never succeeded.
perfect timing and terrific details - just look at that long sucker sticking out!
the 1/100 gave a great motion blur on the wing-movement.
excellent job & best wishes, thorsten.

hi Alexei,

a real briliant your UFO.
WOW... i hope to succed something similar also myself.


Hello Alex,
It's amazing with what POV and in what pose you've managed to capture it! It looks as if it was posing you. Don't know if it a beginer's luck or do you have a talent with very impressing!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-07-11 15:52]

excellent shot - Alexei

Flying shots are not easy - I have taken a couple myself - this is wonderfully sharp and clear with great POV.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-12 15:47]
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Hello Alexei,
This is fantastic! This is one of the best, if not the best flying insect photo I have seen on TN. Excellent detail, perfect DOF to include the whole insect. I think also for the slow shutter speed this is really outstanding. Wonderful work, thanks for sharing.


NB I agree that there is some noise in the background, neatimage would fix that (it's free on the web).

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-13 6:00]

Woooow ! Impressive action shot ! Colors, details on head, exposure, DOF and sharpness are very good ! Congratulations Alexei and thank you for sharing picture and note which give to me enjoyment.

Great shot, really detailed and colorful.
Nice light and POV.
Well done.


Wowwwwwwww!!! Great nacro photo, and colour is nice and shot;-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-14 17:21]

Super picture, Alexei!
This really is a very interesting insect..i'm also very vurious on the ID..
Great capture, excellent POF and DOF, very good detail, too.
A very big Bravo and TFS

Hi Alexei,
Definitely a greeeaaat capture! I appreciate the vewry well the perfect flight captured here, impossible to me.
details, BG and composition are marvelous.

Beautiful capture and remarkable, the detail is fantastic in this wonderful image both color and details are spot on. Well done Alexei. :)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-17 7:10]

Hi Alexei
Good action shot. Good colours, sharpnes and light.
Well done Alexei


Hi ALexey,
excellent in flight capture of what seems to be a "Bee Fly", latin: Bombylius. Focus on spot, and very well composed.
Great! With thanks, and best regards,

Hi Alexei,
Great job of capturing this inflight, difficult to do. Very good sharpness, detail, DOF, and an excellent POV. A slight bit of OE along the top is nit-picking :)
Well done and TFS!

Hi Alexei,
Top shot and very much a dream capture. I'm just amazed that you could get this one...technically very, very good.

Dear Alexei,
I add my word of admiration here. You don't need any more any comments, all has been said by others before me. Thanks!
With my best wishes for the holidays, Dietrich

Hello Alexei!
This is an amazing photo! Great details and very good POV.
Best regards,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-12 20:00]

Hello Alex,
I admire this shot a lot! Well managed DOF, outstanding mouthparts. I hope one day I'll be able to take one like that.
Best greetings,

I have a strong suspicion that you partnered with this bug, made agree to hover in the same place while you clicked him. I don't see how else you could have taken such a sharp pic while the wings blur.

Excellent work, TFS, regards, Kiran.

Hello Alexei,
This is wonderful in flight macro picture. You freeze this insect and showing all detail while the fast beating wings are hardly noticeable. TFS this fine image.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-03 13:45]

hello Alexei
i see perfect close-up working and excellent timing. composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours, lighting, sharpness and details are great. furthermore successful using of flash and f values
thanks for sharing


Your Canadian friend,

Magnificient shot!! You have carried this almost to perfection. Sharply focussed eyes and the blurry BG provides great contrast. Good work.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-15 15:32]

Hello Alexei !
I love looking through your old pictures, this one is gorgeous, I love the furry insect with his 'beak' sticking up and his wings makins something like a translucent halo around him. Excellent details, vivid colors, splendid composition and POV, and a great blurred BG. Very well done !

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