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Syrphid Flies - male - female

Syrphid Flies - Male Female
Lacey (near Olympia), Thurston County, Washington, USA
July 30, 2010
These would have been really neat if I hadn't had my F-stop closed all the way down! *sigh* Sometimes working manually does backfire a little. Sorry 'bout the graininess. Had to pull them up from almost black in photoshop.

Moved
Moved from Frass.

Good photoshopping!
Considering the circumstances you did a very good job with Photoshop. You should be giving lessons to some contributors who submit horribly washed out photos which probably would look better if left untouched.
Seriously, if you see some of those photos, I suggest that you give the contributor a few tips. So many people need help and don't think of asking for it!
What advice would you give in these instances?

Your photo, the untouched original and a brief explanation could be placed in the Photography section. Then I could refer some people to such page.

Frassed
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

 
Please, think about it
It would be very useful to have this image in the Photography section with an explanation on how you improved it from a very dark one. The contrast with the two washed out ones is striking and it should be very educational.
There are lots of people who need help with their photography and we need to find the way to help them.

 
you're too kind
I will look at the ones you referenced and a couple of my more interesting "saves" as soon as I can. There are other folks who could do it much better, but I'll put up what I can until folks put something better up.

Sphaerophoria
The only way to get species ID on a male is via genital dissection. The only way to get species ID on a female is to find her like this, then dissect her mate. (Just thought you'd like to know, Kevin!)

 
Thanks, Ron
I *always* like to start a Saturday morning with a good genital dissection discussion! :)

 
A man after me own heart!
;-)

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