Safe Travels (Hover Fly in Flight)

hover fly in flight

A hover fly…hovering! Notice the compact “stowed landing gear” (i.e. the legs).

In the United States, we are coming upon what many people cite as their favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. People make a concerted effort to reunite with their families, which is a large part of the popular sentiment; a lot of people will be traveling by air and ground (and water, too, I’m sure). So I thought a “traveling” bug was appropriate. This common hover fly was shot a while back now (2 years?), and it remains the most cooperative “in flight” subject I’ve come across. Performing the eponymous action, it was hanging in the air around some black-eyed Susans. The shot’s sharpness hopefully indicates how steady the fly actually was. Only a slight to moderate crop here, so you know that I had a good magnification going. Shooting flying bugs with a reverse lens set up is usually a fool’s errand, but this fly made it quite rewarding!

And so, safe and happy travels to those making your journeys and the same for your returns!

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11 thoughts on “Safe Travels (Hover Fly in Flight)

  1. I agree, amazing that you nailed the focus on a moving subject with your reverse lens set up. Not a particularly easy thing to do with a auto focus, macro lens.

    1. I was pretty lucky; syrphid flies hovering around flowers aren’t that rare, but they always seem to take off just before I get close enough to shoot. This one’s comfort zone was right in my camera’s sweet spot though.

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