Donald Dunn  

White-lined Sphinx Moth by Donald Dunn

September 2023 - White-lined Sphinx Moth

September 2023 - Donald Dunn


About the Image(s)

Date photo made: August 12, 2023
Location: Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, USA

Camera: Sony a7rIV
Lens: Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS + Sony FE 1.4X Teleconverter
Lens length: 560 mm
Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec
Apperture: f/11
ISO: 10000

Post Processing: Lightroom with Topaz AI plugin. Cropped, adjustments in both “tone” and “presence,” and “dodging and burning.”

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6 comments posted

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
Funny, almost thought it was my photo of the same sphinx moth. However, the flower is different. Your colors are great. It's so amazing to see the length of the proboscis. We have had very few, almost none, of these for the last 2 seasons. I hope they are doing better where you found this one.   Posted: 09/07/2023 14:55:09

Donald Dunn   Donald Dunn
There's an interesting story about this shot. My good friend took me to an area where we have photographed before, and it was my 2nd trip out since shoulder surgery in early June. He was so nice to insure my safety and well-being on this shoot. A few days prior to our shoot, he had been there and photographed the Sphinx moths. When we arrived, there were no less than a couple dozen Sphinx moths nectaring like crazy on the Thistle. I have never seen that many at one time. It was a sight to behold.   Posted: 09/08/2023 10:08:32

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Don. this is an amazing image. It is pretty close to perfect and seeing your story about your friend made it even better. I know you have had a long go on that shoulder and having someone that made such an effort to get you there and back when I'm sure you were itching to break loose says something special about your friend. You should get a print made for him to thank him! In fact this would make a lovely thank you card. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time....take one of my Macro shots or landscape and have them made into cards!

Nice to see you getting back to normal!!!   Posted: 09/13/2023 10:35:07

John Stumbos   John Stumbos
Fantastic job on this shot, Don. And your personal story makes it all the more impactful. Colors are well balanced and understated, inviting the viewer's attention to the subject. Speaking of the subject, OMG you absolutely nailed the focus. Great technical decision making with a high ISO that gave you more flexibility with the aperture and shutter speed. Dialing in Topaz in post probably elevated the sharpness of the image to a superior level. That moth seems to be looking at you with an expression that says don't bother me. Excellent job on the crop, too. Hope you are making a print of this.   Posted: 09/13/2023 12:46:20

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Very nice image of Sphinx Moth. Beautiful colors and great composition. Great job!   Posted: 09/20/2023 10:13:39

Judy Haran   Judy Haran
I am not an insect person, looking close gives me goosebumps. However, I appreciate the enjoyment and effort you put in that made this shot so nice. The colors are terrific and you can tell the moth is enjoying his meal.   Posted: 09/22/2023 14:07:47