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Old 9th of August 2007 (Thu)   #1
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Default Hummingbird Moth (Hawk Moth) in the Flox (4 shots)

Taken several weeks ago when the wild Flox was flowering. The first shot was taken the day prior to the last 3 images. All shots taken with the Canon 30D and 100 2.8 Macro. ISO on the last 3 shots was 320. SS at 1/500 sec and Apertures between F8 and F10.

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Default Re: Hummingbird Moth (Hawk Moth) in the Flox (4 shots)

DOF is great. The flowers are mostly blown out but it doesnt look like there was that much you could do about it
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You know, no matter how unique or downright nifty these insects are, it never stops me from being ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED when they bash into me. o.o;
These are gorgeous shots, I especially like the first and last. You got some excellent photos here!
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The white phlox looks ok~ I think you did a great job! THat last shot is wonderful.
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Default Re: Hummingbird Moth (Hawk Moth) in the Flox (4 shots)

Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.

Chris, I think I might be able to salvage some of the hotter flox flowers by copying a darker layer from RAW and then work with the two layers for the two different exposures required here for more balance...thanks for that comment as I was leary of the warmth in the whites and your comment confirmes these could use some more attention to details. Thanks again for the feedback
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Beautiful shots Gary. I've never seen one before and only heard about them awile back. Do they take notice of you moving around them?
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Beautiful shots Gary. I've never seen one before and only heard about them awile back. Do they take notice of you moving around them?
Thanks Mitch and yes and no to your question. Sort of like Hummingbirds in that if you don't move suddenly and are patient ( a little luck is also nice) then you can get pretty close. This one came within a foot of me and I leaned in with the 100 to within 8 inches on a couple of occasions. A telephoto actually works pretty good on these as well although my 400 is limited without extension tubes because of the 12 foot min focus. I read recently that they have a habit of returning to the same flowers at the same time each day and as mentionned in my intro..the first shot was taken the day before so this may well be the same moth. Its the 3rd year in a row I see and photograph them and they really are quite a thrill to watch,
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Quite striking for a bug.
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