Murphy Hektner, APSA  

Sphinx  Moth   by Murphy Hektner, APSA

July 2024 - Sphinx Moth

About the Image(s)

I found this very large moth, (it measured 3” across the wingspan) resting on an old gray weathered stump. It was in no mood to fly so gave me time to set the tripod and make the photo. Went on Google to learn about Sphinx moths and found it is a large family of over 1400 species in many parts of the world.

Here I used my tripod mounted Pentax camera with Pentax 35-105 zoom @ 50mm (1/15 sec, f/16, ISO 800) to capture this single image. The lighting was cloudy and dull so I added my Photo-flex soft-gold reflector. I also post processed in Elements 2020.

3 comments posted

Alane Shoemaker   Alane Shoemaker
Murphy, what strikes me first is the impact of the diagonal as well as the grey at the bottom of the moth's wings highlighted by the grey color of the weathered stump. The only suggestion I have is to try a slightly dark vignette to make the moth pop even more. A great image!   Posted: 07/08/2024 10:53:26

Neal R. Thompson, M.D.   Neal R. Thompson, M.D.
A lot of work for this image which is just great. Colors, sharpness, background right on. Were you able to get other shots from a different angle, perhaps capturing the eyes? Nice work.   Posted: 07/10/2024 13:17:43
Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Alane and Neil: Thanks for your positive comments on Sphinx moth.
Neil; in regards to your suggestion of a head on shot showing the eyes, it was not possible. The large moth was down in a crevasse, this looking straight down image was the only possible picture I could do. Would like to find this moth again for some different compositions. Think it is a rare specie seldom seen in our locality at least.   Posted: 07/12/2024 12:10:41


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