Cora Rosenhaft  

Hummingbird Moth by Cora Rosenhaft

September 2020 - Hummingbird Moth

About the Image(s)

Once again, I am submitting a picture from my backyard thanks to the pandemic. I decided to change it up from the butterflies and use an image with a moth this month. Once again the biggest challenge is the background. There were a number of bright spots and blurry vegetation and flowers to deal with. I tried to darken the brighter spots in Lightroom and added a vignette. I also used the dehaze slider to rescue this image. Since I went from my air conditioned house to the hot and humid backyard, the lens fogged up quite a bit. The dehaze slider did an excellent job removing the fog so that the images I took that afternoon were not a total loss.

3 comments posted

Fred Doerfler   Fred Doerfler
I like the action, colors and composition. Could the white area in the background by his head be made darker? Could the moth head be sharpened?   Posted: 09/20/2020 06:30:08

Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
Could you give us exposure info please? A recent first time attempt at photographing hummingbirds I quickly learned that HIGH shutter speeds are required, and that requires bumping up the ISO to high levels ... 2500 - 3200. I suspect that you had a fairly high shutter speed (wings appear stopped), but there is an overall lack of sharpness in the image. Was this heavily cropped so that it would fill the screen?   Posted: 09/21/2020 10:20:38

Graham Fisher   Graham Fisher
I like this image. I think the background is fine and if the moth is not perfectly sharp it's not too bad in my opinion. I've taken shots of moths like this, it's not easy. They haven't learned to stay still while posing! Alan is right of course in his point about shutter speed, I've used 2000th of a second or faster in the past but clearly that requires higher ISO and wider aperture. Still a nice shot though Cora.   Posted: 09/21/2020 22:39:15


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