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The Masked Bandit
aka Hummingbird Moth

Hemaris thysbe 1 1/2 -2 inches in size.
The speedy moth can be seen by a close observer these days-- sipping on the bee balm.

I was very excited to capture these images and decided to post them as a trio. I will try again as I would like to perfect this means of capturing insects who NEVER sit still!

I am sorry to have missed your images today; my excuse--a medical appointment in the near by city. And I do appreciate your attention to the Nile Crane--Thank you!

Special thanks are due to Joline and Edmund for UA's for the Spicebush butterfly!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di Model (B01) Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jul 2013 - 9:23 PM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.6
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:The Masked Bandit
Username:taggart taggart
Uploaded:18 Jul 2013 - 12:59 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Insects, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract, Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
Votes:81
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:10 AM

Love V3, V1 &2 are equally very special.

Tish

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:12 AM

Oh my goodness what an amazing looking moth!
I should think these images will be the envy of many insect lovers!
KateGrinGrinGrin

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:44 AM

Wow! Super colours excellent captures.

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 2:12 AM

You have done exceptionally well with an insect that won't sit still, Jenn: and what a pretty moth it is.
Ronnie.

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 3:48 AM

Great captures Jenn. But isn't he a strange little thing. Lovely colours on him......Sandy

Last Modified By Daisymaye at 18 Jul 2013 - 3:48 AM
Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
18 Jul 2013 - 4:30 AM

Absolutely excellent captures Jenn !! Amazing images here Smile

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:18 AM

Lovely and not one I've ever seen before so a big thumbs up from me Jenn....

Ade

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:25 AM

Three fantastic captures, Jenn. Carol

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:48 AM

3 superb images...wow...I have tried to capture them as well as they move so fast...excellent imagesGrinGrin

Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 6:32 AM

What a capture Jennnnnn. Only looked at the first one so far & it is very impressive xx

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:01 AM

Three fabulous images of this pretty creature.

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:08 AM

A fine set of images of this unusual insect. The vote goes to No. 3.

Albert

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:11 AM

three wonderful captures jenn fantastic detail brilliant colours and light v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
18 Jul 2013 - 7:28 AM

Excellent captures Jenn, great detail in all,
Fred.

johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:55 AM

Love v1 but three super captures.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64431 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 7:58 AM

How lovely. Excellent captures and such a beauty of a moth.
Smile

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
18 Jul 2013 - 8:14 AM

Three beautiful images superbly captured.
Effrossini

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:19 AM

Super images, really shows off its markings - well done!

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:47 AM

Stunning colours here Jennn
and so beautifully captured
what a set!
Lillian

canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 8:56 AM

A superb and colourful set of images Jenn
Jim

boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 9:17 AM

Brilliant....

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
18 Jul 2013 - 10:10 AM

WHat a beautiful moth

Peter

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 10:12 AM

Wonderful looking creature Jennn. Some really great shots.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 10:37 AM

Superb set of macro images, fabulous colours and detail

Hugh

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 10:40 AM

Breathtaking clarity and quality Jenn

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 10:49 AM

Nice image!! I like it a lot!!

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 11:26 AM

A prize catch! I always enjoy seeing these fantastic little creatures. I never seem to have my camera at hand when I do, though.

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 1:19 PM

Yes,a new one for me too Jenn.
Interesting shots.
Mick.

soulofharmony
18 Jul 2013 - 1:48 PM

Really beautiful Jenn

Nikki !! x

graceland
graceland  92378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 3:50 PM

wow very nice close up

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 4:03 PM

Great colours! Lovely capturesGrin
Diane

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4600 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 4:44 PM

Impressive stuff !!

georgiepoolie
18 Jul 2013 - 4:51 PM

All beautiful images.

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 4:58 PM

Three fantastic images. Wow -- that 1/2500 sec. shutter speed really gave you a crisp image of those fast moving critters.
I really like the POV of V3. It makes it look like you are flying in behind your subject -- racing him to the flower. Smile
-=\Walter

marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:09 PM

Superb Jenn, what a fabulous creature. I have never seen one of these before and your wonderful images are a real treat.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 5:53 PM

Beautiful looking moth, Jenn.

P.

MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 930 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 5:57 PM

Superb !

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:08 PM

Beautiful work in this set of excellent captures !
George

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:10 PM

Not seen one as close up as this before Jenn, love the detail, something we are not aware of in the ordinary humming bird shot, well done

jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4119 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 8:44 PM

These are excellent Jenn - they are sooo difficult to capture. Nigeve1 has been capturing some too.
Jason

Last Modified By jasonrwl at 18 Jul 2013 - 8:44 PM
annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 11:19 PM

you have done very well, each time I think I got the perfect method for these lightning fast beauties they find a way to trick me next time!
so far the 400mm method seems to work best.

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 11:35 PM

Fantastic set. Cathy

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
19 Jul 2013 - 9:20 AM

Whenever I am looking at these butterflies I think of hummingbirds! And I'm very sorry that hummingbirds do not fly here ... And what about you, Jenn, are there these wonderful birds where do you live?
Amazing macro!Smile
Regards Valery

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 - 4:46 AM

Breathtaking insect!
How beautiful... Never seen one myself, thank you for sharing. IB

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 5:04 PM

A stunning image of this hummingbird hawkmoth, you've timed this one to perfection and captured some glorious bright colours

Valerie1
Valerie1 e2 Member 666 forum postsValerie1 vcard Northern Ireland
1 Aug 2013 - 11:11 AM

Well done capturing such a speedy insect. Lovely colours.

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