This wild sunflower with approaching hoverfly is from an afternoon I spent at El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, California. (El Dorado is devoted to native plants and animals growing and thriving in natural settings.) I was taking macro photos of the wild sunflowers (not sure of the exact variety) when a hoverfly flew into my shot – you have to be ready for anything! Can you believe how fast the little hoverfly’s wings move? Blurred at 1/800th of a second! (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/4.0, 1/800 sec., ISO 200, afternoon sun/partly cloudy, handheld.)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (March 2014)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Mid Air Marvels” challenge in Local Critters group (March 2014)

Winner of “Colour – Yellow” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (July 2013)

Co-winner of “Spring Wild Flower” challenge in Closeups in Nature group (June 2013)

Top 10 in “Color Me Yellow” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (November 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Excellent work and details.
    Great viewed large.

  • Thanks very much, Joy! The larger view on RB is much better for details, so I think nearly every image looks better in large. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Great clarity, color and lighting! Love the crop and the hoverfly!

  • Angie, thank you for the great comment and fave, much appreciated!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 1 year ago

    Isn’t it a good thing you live in California? If you lived in a city that had a very long winter ..well, you just couldn’t live anywhere but where you do and we’re lucky you do because you bring us these images full of such color and such delight and you capture nature’s little surprises … an unplanned visitor comes flying into your shot and you nail the entire image – tack sharp and handheld…viewed large you see the really gorgeous detail on Mr. Hoverfly all decked out in his gold and black finery… and the blur of those wings…! let’s not forget the beauty of that sunflower with those super yellow petals whose edges are not so perfect so as to make them perfect indeed…so much more interesting the way they are…teensy tiny bites have been taken out of them….

    Really outstanding photography once again, Celeste!

  • Thank you, Katherine – I’m delighted you like this so much. I’ve come to like hoverflies as much as bees because they are such pretty creatures, and I agree about the slightly munched petals having a special kind of real beauty.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 1 year ago

    Wow what amazing detail! Superb! Great focus and clarity of this shot!

  • Thanks very much, Joanne! I was happy that I managed to capture the hoverfly as he showed up so unexpectedly.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Asoka
    Asokaover 1 year ago

    WHAT A SHOT!!!

  • Thank you very much for your enthusiastic comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Great capture Celeste,,,awesome detail and movement in the wings!!

  • Thanks very much! I couldn’t have predicted exactly how the wings would blur, but I was really happy with the way they did.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Innpictime
    Innpictimeover 1 year ago

    This is wonderful, Celeste. I spend hours, months even, before capturing a shot approaching this quality, as you know… just noting your exposure technique! Wonderful self-discipline in shutter speed & ISO (and a moderate macro lens) but what on earth was the aperture to cope with that excellent dof? Very well done. Instant fave!

  • Howard, thanks for your thoughtful comment. Leaving out the aperture setting (f/4.0) was an oversight. With the sensor crop feature on my camera, the 50mm macro is equivalent to 100mm on a full-frame 35mm camera. I was at f/4.0 because I had been shooting just the flowers, wanted background blur, and the flowers are relatively flat. I was fortunate that the hoverfly approached on about the level of the flower’s central disk and thus was in focus.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 1 year ago

    This photo is a triumph of flower photojournalism!

  • “Flower photojournalism” – I love that and will have to remember it! Thank you so much, Bette!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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