Tuesday, August 11, 2009

big and little

They call this strange little character a bee fly. It is approximately the size of a grain of rice. It was very interested in my bluegreen camera bag. Perhaps it was the color of the canvas tote that worked as a beacon to this cerulean striped fly. Yes, it's actually a fly; it only looks like a bee. The mimicry was designed so that we would think it's a bee and not take its lunch money.

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Hey, do you perchance use Picasa for your photos? The August issue of Popular Photography suggests a shortcut on page 108. To flip an image horizontally, press Ctrl + Shift + H. That nifty little trick should come in handy when attempting to decipher Russian signage.

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Anyhow, that made me wonder what other hidden secrets I might want to learn, so I googled "picasa shortcuts." Here are a couple more that I expect to find useful:

Ctrl + Shift + V flips it vertically

Hovering over a photo, Ctrl + Alt is a full-screen preview.

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Enjoy!

6 comments:

imac said...

Nice macro - my friend.
I use Picasa,PSE2,

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Very good macro of the Bee Fly, glad they get to keep their lunch money.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Ha! What smart flies to dress up like bees. I wish I'd know that trick when I was a kid!

Very nice, clear photo, by the way. ;-)

mommanator said...

beautiful shot. I use picassa, sometimes when I have time!
those creatures are everywhere here, and they do bite

Craver Vii said...

I think Picasa is great, Imac. The newest upgrades are handy.

Fishing Guy, a friend gave me a couple of filters (a +2 & a +4) that I like to use when shooting macros. I'm happy with the results so far.

The flies themselves should not get the credit, EG. Their parents send them out that way.

Providentially Mommanator, this little one was totally unaggressive and even seemed happy to pose for me.

lime said...

impressive macro shot!