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You scratch my back...

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 15 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I went to Woodley Museum of Aviation, it was pretty poor, so I left after 30 minutes with 2 shots.
In the car park, however, I noticed this pair, and followed them from perch to perch for 90 minutes.
Odd how some days work out

Canon EOS 7D 1/400 second F/7.1 ISO 1600 100 mm

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Great macro, nice colours and dof!

15 Aug 2010 5:53am

@Zing: Thankyou!

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Absolute stunner! Great shot!

15 Aug 2010 6:17am

@Richard: Thankyou, sir!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A decissive moment :))
Great shot, very sharp!

15 Aug 2010 7:27am

@Paco Díaz: Gracias!

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A curious coupling perfect photographic results! Wonderful colors and lights! A wonderful and enlightening our unique nature! Best regards, Adela

15 Aug 2010 7:43am

@Fonts: Gracias!

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom


15 Aug 2010 7:44am


Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


15 Aug 2010 7:57am

@Nigel: Thankyou, sir

Jyoti from Mumbai, India


15 Aug 2010 8:17am

@Jyoti: Thanks !

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful shot with all these details and fine colors!

15 Aug 2010 8:49am

@Thea: That's nature for you!

Yvon from Orleans, France

extraordinaire scène d'accouplement
magnifique macro

15 Aug 2010 8:49am

@Yvon: Merci bien

silver from k, Iran

wow how wedding ceremony and in such details and colors nice . by the way the lamp is in the bazaar in our town i think its new but odd

15 Aug 2010 9:35am

@silver: An insect wedding ceremony- I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the update on the lamp

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow...A superb macro ! I like the wings .

15 Aug 2010 9:41am

@Mhelene: Very delicate, I feel

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a lovely pair of dating, mating, doting damsels.
Well caught
It's aviation of a different sort :)

15 Aug 2010 9:51am

@grouser: I'd like to see a Boeng 747 try the same trick!

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom


15 Aug 2010 9:59am

@Sally: Universal!

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

This is fabulous, Chris!

15 Aug 2010 11:12am

@Sarah: Thanks Sarah!

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great find....Do not disturb....Lovely details...5*****

15 Aug 2010 11:14am

@PRASHANT: I did feel that I was somewhat intrusive......


Absolument superbe!!Un grand bravo!!!

15 Aug 2010 11:53am


Don from spokane, United States

A remarkable close up. Excellent plane of focus to get everything so sharp. Lovely detail and color. The 90 minutes paid off very well!

15 Aug 2010 12:27pm

@Don: Thankou!

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

You must be happy with this great shot !

15 Aug 2010 12:43pm

@Loner: I am, but I would have liked to have got the blue damsels head a little more in focus....Time to try again next year

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Great capture!!
Well done

15 Aug 2010 1:20pm

@Demo: Thanks!

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great capture ,very well done :)

15 Aug 2010 2:10pm

@Shahryar: thankyou

69mil from Argentina, Argentina

Stunning capture, I liked it, a greeting

15 Aug 2010 2:21pm

@69mil: and a greeting to you!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

What a brilliant capture. Bravo ! They gave you such a perfect composition .

15 Aug 2010 3:56pm

@MARIANA: It did take a little time, but I don't think that they minded too much!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

that's a quite stunning close-up!

15 Aug 2010 4:02pm

@Ted: Cheers!

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great shot Mr Celliotec.

15 Aug 2010 4:05pm

@The Mouse: Thankyou Mr Mouse

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Absolutely outstanding macro, the exposure, colours, and sharpness are all spot on.

15 Aug 2010 5:44pm

@Curly: Kind words indeed! Thankyou! from Wemmel, Belgium

Woaw, what a macro shot ... excellent details and superb DOF. (Are they really scratching their backs ???)

15 Aug 2010 7:47pm The title is half of "You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours" i.e. I'll do something for you, if you do something for me!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Stunning macro! Bravo!

15 Aug 2010 7:56pm

@john4jack: Thanks!

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot and great title

15 Aug 2010 8:34pm

@Christine: Thanks!

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

cool macro

15 Aug 2010 8:39pm

@The MaJor: Cheers!

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very well spotted, very well taken

15 Aug 2010 8:49pm

@Alun: Thankyou, sir

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Fantastic image !!!!!!!!!!!
But what are they doing? ;)

15 Aug 2010 9:45pm

@DowsherVision: What "comes" naturally....

Becky from los angeles, United States

It IS odd how some days work out. I love that about this photography stuff. : )
This is amazing! I have never seen anything like this - and would likely never have seen anything like this - if you hadn't done those 90 minutes!! WONDERFUL!

15 Aug 2010 10:23pm

@Becky: Well, for what it's worth, they do it all over the world!...and you don't always have to wait so long!

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A wonderful capture, details are stunning... so so beautiful !!

15 Aug 2010 10:32pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Thankyou

Landy from Miami, United States

No hay nada que decir sobre esta captura, solamente, mirar y deleitarse con toda calma un gran trabajo de macro, felicidades, de las mejores sobre esta especialidad, mis respetos, saludos

16 Aug 2010 12:34am

@Landy: Gracias

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Splendid !

16 Aug 2010 4:12am

@Calusarus: Merci!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow! That's a pretty darn amazing shot with those two! Fantastic!

16 Aug 2010 6:41am

@Bettina: Cheers !

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

WOW.. superb shot.. worth the effort and time.. 5*

16 Aug 2010 7:32am

@Sarito: thankyou!

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

90 mins, now that's dedication

16 Aug 2010 8:08am

@M@ndy: It's got to be said that it was a bit of a slow day......

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

great shot. also, woodley museum of aviation? really? i just thought it had a waitrose.

16 Aug 2010 8:57am

@Philip: Just round the back..

k@ from Paris, France

What a Great quality you have here - brav°°

16 Aug 2010 11:46am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What amazing blue coloring. Cool shot. I hope they are very happy together. ;-)

16 Aug 2010 2:10pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland


16 Aug 2010 4:10pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Phenomenal close up! Well done.

17 Aug 2010 5:47am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! This is an incredible shot - brilliant!!! Amazing detail and composition. I think they are doing a bit more than scratching backs ;)

17 Aug 2010 6:54am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


19 Aug 2010 4:40pm

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Amazing capture!! the colours and details awesome...don't disturb them :)

20 Aug 2010 11:50am

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Well, that is an incredible catch! What an odd arrangement, but whatever works for them... Fantastic photo.

20 Aug 2010 4:29pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

This is an amazing macro!! Unbelievable crispness (I'm not taste testing) and color.....and look at the details on them? National Geographic probably doesn't even have a shot of this ;)

20 Aug 2010 8:21pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh my word - this is a shot in a million - the perfect shot. 5*****

21 Aug 2010 5:45am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

great capture! I like the color. Always interesting how the male and female are so different.

23 Sep 2010 10:15am

Canon EOS 7D
1/400 second
ISO 1600
100 mm