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One of the many shots I managed to get from my overnight mothing session down on the Somerset Levels last week. Not my the best image, but in my defence I had to use ISO800 and try and use burst mode on the shot so as to get at least one of these Eyed Hawkmoths with their wings open. Both of them were captured the during the night before in the moth traps. In the morning I placed them both on the buddleia bush that was nearby to try and get a shot before they both took to the air. Because they were a little stressed they both wanted to take to the air as soon as possible, so I had to work fast. I had to use a high shutter speed so as to capture them with their wings open just in the right place.......2-3 seconds after this shot was taken both of them had taken to the air and disappeared Sad Never mind got the shot I wanted with at least one of them displaying it's eye markings. Lighting was very harsh due to the early morning sun, but it all kinda worked out the way I'd planned, shame it's just a little soft on the wings, I'll have to do better next time, but believe when I say this was a real tricky shot to try and get. Tongue

Ade

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Jul 2012 - 6:19 AM
Focal Length:0mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Full Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Eyes Wide Open
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:16 Jul 2012 - 6:09 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Eyed Hawkmoths, Flowers & plants, General, Moths, Smerinthus ocellata, Wildlife / nature
Votes:56

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
16 Jul 2012 - 6:12 AM

Tough condition but you managed it well

Peter

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 6:22 AM

An amazing capture, Ade, even though you had to cheat a bit and use the trap Wink Carol

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 - 6:41 AM

Beautiful capture considering they were trying to escape! Love the colouring and wing design! IB

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 6:55 AM

Fantastic shot! I have never managed to get the humming bird hawk moths wings a standstill, the flap so,fast!
Must have been very fast! It is great and I wouldn't worry about 800 Iso just a fact of physics.

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Russell_Charles

Great shot, glad your patience and planning paid off.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 7:25 AM

An amazing capture Ade - Learned some lessons from you patience and work - now where are some moths!!!!Wink

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KarenFB
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16 Jul 2012 - 7:26 AM

A beautiful capture - the colours are wonderful!

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SlowSong
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16 Jul 2012 - 7:54 AM

Wonderful shot. You really work hard to get such excellent shots.
Chris

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WhiteRose1
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16 Jul 2012 - 8:34 AM

Well, I think you just oughta try a bit harder next time!!WinkGrinGrinGrin

A colourful set, great background, and 2 for the price of 1, lovely image, Ade.

Dave

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Glostopcat
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16 Jul 2012 - 8:44 AM

A very colourful image of these beautiful moths Ade, I did not think for one moment that they had flown onto the buddleia by themselves!Wink

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chase
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16 Jul 2012 - 8:55 AM

Well done Ade,sounds like you had a bit of a fight on your hands !

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Norfolkboy
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16 Jul 2012 - 9:54 AM

Well done, Ade. Super image.
Colin

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TonyDy
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16 Jul 2012 - 9:56 AM

Superb shot, Ade - haven't seen one of these for ages.
Tony

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tomcat
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16 Jul 2012 - 10:05 AM

Almost psychedelic Ade, with all those colours on showSmile

Adrian

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16 Jul 2012 - 10:29 AM

You manged rather well Ade, good ID image.
Ron.

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achieverswales
16 Jul 2012 - 11:29 AM

Awesome capture Ade.

Regards

Trev.

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RonnieAG
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16 Jul 2012 - 11:32 AM

Impressive.
Ronnie.

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johnjo58
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16 Jul 2012 - 11:35 AM

Excellent work in the conditions presented
David

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Fefe
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16 Jul 2012 - 11:42 AM

Lovely colourful image, great detail!
Diane

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mikbee
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16 Jul 2012 - 12:55 PM

For a lazy photographer like me Ade,
it sounds hard work to me !!
Well worth the effort on your part though.
Super shot.
Mick.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
16 Jul 2012 - 1:27 PM

Is there no lengths some will go to just to get a Brilliant photo! Yep! that includes quite a few of us lol. nice one! love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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digital_boi
16 Jul 2012 - 3:00 PM

nice work very fine capture

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lostnspace2011
16 Jul 2012 - 3:49 PM

This is just beautiful Ade, very well captured and lovely composition......

Mark

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16 Jul 2012 - 6:36 PM

Great work Ade
Jason

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JohnoP
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16 Jul 2012 - 7:23 PM

Incredible...the thumbnail was amazing but the real thing stunning! John

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16 Jul 2012 - 9:48 PM

I believe you!!!

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