Norm Solomon  

Clear Winged Moth by Norm Solomon

September 2020 - Clear Winged Moth

About the Image(s)

Clear Winged Moth-D850 70-300@300 F8 ISO 450 1/1000
I found this Moth (also sometimes referred to as a `Hummingbird Moth’ )in an area near our home that is usually frequented by butterflies. I had never seen this kind of moth before & was determined to capture an image. Well, it took me some time & many tries until I got the right light (about 2pm) and the right combination of F stop & shutter speed. The shutter speed basically determined other settings since I needed to shoot at least at 1/1000 to stop the wing action.
Any comments/suggestions are appreciated.

9 comments posted

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Your time and effort paid off, this is a beautiful image. The moth is an unusual specimen and tack sharp showing great detail. The selection of f-stop and shutter speed worked perfect. The background went to just a beautiful green with little detail and the moth and closest flowers are sharp. The wing on the left seems a bit blurred, but somehow blending with the background flowers it works for me. Well done.   Posted: 09/09/2020 04:50:45
Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Thanks Stan!   Posted: 09/10/2020 10:19:49
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Another comment, generally with pictures like this you can turn them clockwise or counter clockwise to wherever you want if there is enough space around the subject. If you did that, I like where it is. I like the horizontal line of the wings and the vertical line of the body.   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:29:06

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Thanks Stan-good point. This is the way the moth was originally situated in this case although in other insect/butterfly images I have found it helpful to reorient the original shot.   Posted: 09/10/2020 13:35:17

Harriet Ciccone
I like that the body is tact sharp, but there is a slight movement in the wing tips suggesting the desire of moth to keep afloat. Also you captured the iridescence of the moth beautifully with the side lighting.   Posted: 09/12/2020 10:56:40

John Hackett   John Hackett
I have encountered these Moths on a couple of occasions, never with a camera in my hand. A couple of times in Portugal and once in Ireland, always in the evening as the light was fading. They are magnificent and I like your image. The movement is only what I would expect to see as t.he wings beat rapidly as would a hummingbird. Well captured   Posted: 09/14/2020 08:14:49

Carroll Reynolds   Carroll Reynolds
Wonderfully sharp image of an truly interesting moth. I particularly like the depth created by the flower background being slightly out of the depth of field.   Posted: 09/17/2020 06:32:12

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Thank you for all the helpful & kind comments. norm   Posted: 09/17/2020 06:43:03

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
I have not seen this Hummingbird Moth either although I have been told about it. It is quite beautiful. The light on the right wing captured its iridescence and reflected the colors of the flowers in front of it. There is a little movement shown on one of its wings, but I think that it shows that it is alive and this is not a pinned specimen.   Posted: 09/17/2020 23:07:46


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