Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 07/17/2013


Photo taken on July 16, 2013


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197/365: "Practice is the best of all instructors." ~ Publilius Syrus

197/365: "Practice is the best of all instructors." ~ Publilius Syrus
2 more pictures in notes above!

This morning I went into the garden, and what should I find but another hoverfly like I did the other day! This one was doing a LOT of hovering in place, and after being totally frustrated with autofocus not zeroing in on the fly, I decided to turn it off and use manual focus. What a perfect subject to practice on! I rarely use manual focus because autofocus is so accurate with the Canon 100mm 2.8L lens. However, I also know that I should use manual focus more than I do, because autofocus isn't always reliable and there are times--like this--when you won't get the shot without using your own two eyes to focus! Once I brought my camera up and looked through the eyepiece, I was delighted how well I could track him as he hovered and moved here and there, focusing in and out and sometimes peering around my camera to see where it was. Just like anything, practice makes perfect, and my first bunch of shots were all a blur. But when I saw this picture on my computer, I burst out laughing and clapped my hands in exhultation!!! "I DID IT!! I DID IT!!!" I shrieked in excitement! Tack sharp with manual focus...*SNOOPY DANCE*!!! I would have liked to have been a little closer, but it's a minor complaint!! I will DEFINITELY be using manual focus more in the future, now that I can see that I can get very good results with my own focusing!! :D

Publilius Syrus, a Latin writer of maxims, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who freed and educated him. Publilius' name, due to early medieval palatalization of 'l' between two 'i', is often presented by manuscripts (and some printed editions) in corrupt form as 'Publius'. Wikipedia: Publilius Syrus

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Lischen, Kat, Christina Sonnenschein, Nicole Le Roy and 42 other people have particularly liked this photo


41 comments - The latest ones
Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
Sometimes manual focus is the way to go indeed!!! And you did so well here, Janet. A great achievement to get one of these in flight! Excellent macro.
5 years ago.
SkagitLily / Rita & John
SkagitLily / Rita &…
Great series! Glad you decided on manual focus... it's great practice! Auto focus frequently focuses on the wrong thing, in our experience.
5 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
YAY! *claps hands*. Well done Janet, you nailed it! Great shots, I prefer the first and third because of the focus on the head, but I'd be very proud to have taken any of those. Seen in www.ipernity.com/group/prime-lenses
5 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
BRILLIANT !!
5 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
All three are amazing Janet! I think I will soon have to change my fav collection to 'Janet's Photo Gallery.'
5 years ago.
Bruno B
Bruno B
Vol stationnaire, en phase d'observation....Très belle série, Janet!!
5 years ago.
John McKay
John McKay
Great series Janet! I love your infectious enthusiasm, I'm as excited as you are just because you got the shot you wanted, Woo! Hoo! Those wings are in 'high speed hover', 1/1000 of a second shutter speed and they are a blur, wow.
5 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
great catch!
5 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
yesssssss!! you cought it in the fly! - they are so pleasing... love these hooverflys! wonderfully done, Janet!
5 years ago.
Ken Beath
Ken Beath
Excellent focus. Those wings must really move as at a 1/1000 second they are still blurred.
5 years ago.
Sa&Se
Sa&Se
lovely bee
5 years ago.
Bob Ottey
Bob Ottey
Top Set Of Macro Studies Janet Excellent Definition Colours DOF And Framing Most Definite Fav's Kindest Regards Bob.
5 years ago.
Richard Boucher
Richard Boucher
Trois excellent cliché !
5 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
You caught it perfectly, Janet - cracking shot
5 years ago.
ImagiNath
ImagiNath
Bravo, clap clap. Love the minimal bokeh too.
5 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Marvelous focus and tones, you do some fascinating work, Janet! Impressive macros!
5 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Great composition!
5 years ago.
Ahmad Waqas
Ahmad Waqas
Wow.......
So clear......
U r fantastic........
5 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Magnifica
5 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Magnificent ! GREAT Capture Friend !! Compliments !!!

Love n regards !
5 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Tough to pull off! Well done =)
5 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding capture.
5 years ago.
Rafa
Rafa
muy buena
5 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
That's ace, Janet. Lovely job!
5 years ago.
Beckie Fitzgerald
Beckie Fitzgerald
Excellent macros, Janet!!!!
5 years ago.
Ruth S Hart
Ruth S Hart
WOW! you got one too, excellent, so hard to capture
5 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
bzzZZZzzz thwack!
5 years ago.
Mike Ruano
Mike Ruano
Great set Janet
5 years ago.
Cathlon
Cathlon
Beautifully captured! Love the one from behind heading for the blue flower! Fantastic focus!
5 years ago.
Ostseeleuchte
Ostseeleuchte
Superb!!! Fantastic work, Janet!
5 years ago.
Seb.69
Seb.69
Splendid in flight capture Janet..
5 years ago.
Sergio Locatelli
Sergio Locatelli
The superb composition and the stunning sharpness of the details make unique these beautiful pictures!
5 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Spectacular
5 years ago.
Jean
Jean
A great trio of shots. It sounds as if you are becoming a hoverfly addict. They are such great fun. Still in short supply in my garden but once more inulas are out and the echinops they will be there in force.
5 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
You did it alright! an impressive capture!
5 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
That is AMAZING! Simply amazing! I know how difficult it is to get shots like this, and to get them with auto focus they almost have to hold still or you have to get lucky (or at least I do! LOL!). I know you probably had to take a LOT of pictures to get that gem of a picture up top, but it was so worth it! I am shocked that you did it with manual! Nice job!
5 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
You are a human tripod!!!! Fantastic shooting, Janet!!! Well deserved 'Snoopy dance'!!!! Absolutely stunning shots!!!:D
5 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
:-)
5 years ago.
WolfgangN
WolfgangN
super !
5 years ago.
Spotomy
Spotomy
Almost impossible to do!
5 years ago.
Nicole Le Roy
Nicole Le Roy
Félicitations !
5 years ago.