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Eyes Wide Open

By Ade_Osman    
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


Tags: General Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Eyed Hawkmoths Smerinthus ocellata

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
16 Jul 2012 6:12AM
Tough condition but you managed it well


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Jul 2012 6:22AM
An amazing capture, Ade, even though you had to cheat a bit and use the trap Wink Carol
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 6:41AM
Beautiful capture considering they were trying to escape! Love the colouring and wing design! IB
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
16 Jul 2012 6:55AM
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.
16 Jul 2012 6:58AM
Great shot, glad your patience and planning paid off.
Ray42 10 3 England
16 Jul 2012 7:25AM
An amazing capture Ade - Learned some lessons from you patience and work - now where are some moths!!!!Wink
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
16 Jul 2012 7:26AM
A beautiful capture - the colours are wonderful!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
16 Jul 2012 7:54AM
Wonderful shot. You really work hard to get such excellent shots.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
16 Jul 2012 8:34AM
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.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Jul 2012 8:44AM
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
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
16 Jul 2012 8:55AM
Well done Ade,sounds like you had a bit of a fight on your hands !
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
16 Jul 2012 9:54AM
Well done, Ade. Super image.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 9:56AM
Superb shot, Ade - haven't seen one of these for ages.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 10:05AM
Almost psychedelic Ade, with all those colours on showSmile

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
16 Jul 2012 10:29AM
You manged rather well Ade, good ID image.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
16 Jul 2012 11:29AM
Awesome capture Ade.


RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
16 Jul 2012 11:32AM
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 11:35AM
Excellent work in the conditions presented
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 11:42AM
Lovely colourful image, great detail!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
16 Jul 2012 12:55PM
For a lazy photographer like me Ade,
it sounds hard work to me !!
Well worth the effort on your part though.
Super shot.
Tibetan 5 3 England
16 Jul 2012 1:27PM
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
16 Jul 2012 3:00PM
nice work very fine capture

16 Jul 2012 3:49PM
This is just beautiful Ade, very well captured and lovely composition......

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 6:36PM
Great work Ade
JohnoP 12 2
16 Jul 2012 7:23PM
Incredible...the thumbnail was amazing but the real thing stunning! John
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
16 Jul 2012 9:48PM
I believe you!!!

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