Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hummingbird Moth/Top Shot

Hummingbird moth

This critter has been visiting my Buddleia several times a day for the past few days. I cannot tell you how many failed photos I have taken of this moth because I have ditched most of them. This moth never stayed still!

I've been trying to capture the wings so you couldn't see see the motion, as in the photo below:

 Example of more wing action than I wanted, plus a cloud covered the sun

To stop the wing action, I decreased the shutter speed so much that most of the resulting images were very dark.  Yep, frustrating.

FINALLY, one photo nearly turned out the way I wanted.

I am linking to Madge's Weekly Top Shot.

33 comments:

Sandra said...

i sure would like to see one of these guys

Terri said...

Ditto what Sandra said...I have never seen one-
Great shot!

Kerri Farley said...

Absolutely Stunning!!! I LOVE these little guys!!

Happy Weekend!!

The Furry Gnome said...

It's so nice to know that a photographer like yourself has trouble getting a good picture too! Pretty g

Kate said...

Your persistence paid off! Glad that you kept at it so we could see this fine photo.

Gregory Urbano said...

There is an award for you over at my blog today !!

Birdman said...

Artistic closeup.

TexWisGirl said...

awesome! i'd have just shot hundreds of photos and hoped for the best. :)

Small City Scenes said...

Well you sure did a good job in showing us the wings. aren't they amazing. Hard to believe it is not a bird. I have seen them in Eastern Washington but not on this side of the mountains. MB

Jeanne said...

Great shot! I love watching these moths as they really look like hummingbirds!

Roan said...

We have these on our Buddleia bushes, too. I understand your frustration. Very nice result!

Cloudia said...

You really show this illusive guy!


Aloha

Indrani said...

You framed it well.

Stephanie said...

Awesome! We have those little guys n our butterfly tree as well.

Malyss said...

You're hard with yourself: those pictures are really beautiful , showing plenty of details. I'd be unable to take such shots!

Giga said...

Podobają mi się owady, ale rzadko je widuję i nas. Zdjęcia są świetne. Pozdrawiam.
I like insects, but rarely get to see them and us. The pictures are great. Yours.

RedPat said...

What an odd creature!

Michelle said...

I think you captured it well! I have tried before, as they visit my Hostas. They are tough to capture!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shot of the Hummingbird moth! Happy weekend to you!

Linda W. said...

Nice shot! I've seen those moths before and they are really hard to capture in a photo. You got some good images.

Coombe Mill said...

Clever pic #WeeklyTopShot

Lmkazmierczak said...

Glad your patience, er persistience, paid off...a great shot♫ My WTS: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/wired/

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh the joys of the digital era,at least one can play around with the settings and not have to wait for a week until the film is developed.These pictures are great.

Leave It To Davis said...

Wow! That must have been thrilling to take this picture and have it turn out so beautifully!!! I've never even heard of a hummingbird moth....Hummingbird Heartbeat, yes....moth....no. :) Neat!

Kathy McB said...

I had never heard of a Hummingbird Moth before...they are quite exquisite! Thanks for sharing, I learned something new today :)

Randy said...

Wonderful close up shots.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great shots!

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots of this fascinating little creature. I have never seen one.

Madge Bloom said...

Wow, wonderfully detailed shot... Thank you for joining in 'Weekly Top Shot #98' Hope to see you next Saturday for #99...

Carletta said...

I think the first shot is a great shot!

Rose said...

I know what you mean about frustrating...there is a GB Heron that is always at the strip pits of the evening, but he is so shy, he flies before I even think about getting close.

kelley jensen said...

you are good at what you do :)

edenhills said...

I am very impressed with the results!

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