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hawkmoth in-flight portrait

hawkmoth in-flight portrait
Información de la foto
Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2006-05-23
Categorías: Insects
Cámara: Canon Powershot A610
Exposición: f/8, 1/500 segundos
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Tema(s): Moths of Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Fecha enviada: 2006-08-28 16:08
Vista: 3991
Favoritos: 1 [Ver]
Puntos: 56
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i decided to cease my dragonfly posts :-) i already said that we have dry days for a long time. But today we had some rain, hope the insect's life in my garden will be back.

This is a humming-bird hawk-moth (in Turkish, Atmaca Guvesi)

Latin name: Macroglossum stellatarum

Size: Wingspan approximately 65mms.

Distribution: common

i want to share with you some knowledges that i got about the flash effect on in-flight shots. When you use flash, the shutter speed loses his effect, freezing the motion is gotten by the flash. When you try to get in-flight shots of a hawkmoth without using flash, you should use so fast shutter speeds (for example 1/2000), but probably you don't get the exact freezing on the wings still. However you can freeze the wings with the flash by using 1/500, as you can see in the frame :-) i used my a610 built-in flash here.

More technical explanations below...

Note an important point - FP mode does not help you freeze motion; the name “high-speed sync” is a bit misleading in this regard. Normal flash photography is very good at freezing motion on film, since a burst of electronic flash is so incredibly brief. When a scene is illuminated primarily by a really brief flash of light then you aren’t going to get much motion blur - it’s almost as if you used an incredibly high shutter speed in the thousandths of a second. However when you use FP mode flash, the flash unit pulses the light output over a longer period of time in order to simulate a longer-duration burst of light. Since the flash burst is no longer particularly brief you can’t freeze motion as easily, even with high shutter speeds. The mode is called high-speed sync since it lets you synchronize flash exposure with high shutter speeds, not that it lets you take high-speed photographs.

infos from here...


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-08-28 16:11]

Hello Ersin.
great shot of this moth. Sharpness is very good and you have been weel succeeded to freeze the movement. Very well done and thanks.
Gr. hans

Very nice frozen in-flight capture Ersin. Very good sharpness and the dark background works great here. Colours look great and very natural on the moth. You froze the wing nicely on a 1/500 - well done and a little bit of luck - may be;-). Nice composition with the moth a little diagonal.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-28 16:18]

Great capture in flight Ersin...

+ composition, POV, DOF, focus, color, sharpness, notes, framing, background, lighting.

= nothing.

Congratulations and greetings... Ricardo

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  • tinman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
  • [2006-08-28 16:20]

very interesting note and good capture, sorry no time to crit more, well done though

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-08-28 16:32]

hi Ersin,

WOW what a shot.
this is really amazing, the moment you have freeze is wonderfull.
i like a lot this POV,TFS,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-28 16:36]

Hallo Ersin,
well captured in flight. Exellent sharpness for this, I think, fast moving moth. You met just the right moment for a good presentation of the wings. Nice colours too.

Hello Ersin,
Very interesting and difficult shot in the night. The details are good despite that the moth is flying in dark; for that reason I consider it a great shot.
The isolated moth looks like floating in outer space.

PD: I wrote yesterday a critique on dragonfly. Do you agree?

Magnifica instantanea en vuelo con detalles de la espiritrompa, color,textura y el fondo negro que otorga tridimension!!!!

Meraba Ersin Bey.
Kritik adına söylenecekler söylenmiş. Ama takdirlerimi belirtmeden geçmek emeğinize haksızlık olurdu. Mükemmel olmuş, ellerinize sağlık.
Selam ve saygılar

This is also amazingly incredible shot. Hard to believe it's taken with a snapshot. TFS.

Merhaba Ersin,
Superb 'frozen' shot of this flying moth. Nice dark BG. Greatly captured. Sharp and nice details.

Ben Lakitan

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-28 22:02]

Hello Ersin,

Here is another great picture from you! It should not be easy at all to catch that kind of picture! Thank you very much for the technical note: I will keep it in mind for sure! Superb pov and very good exposition!

Great job and TFS,


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-28 22:51]

Great shot of this moth in flight, Ersin.
The light on it is good, revealing sharp details.
Great pose. Amazing view of the proboscis.
TFS. : )

  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-29 3:00]

Hi Ersin,
Great capture in-flight with great sharpness, good light and very good details.
TFS, José M.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-29 3:18]

Hello Ersin,
Wonderful in flight capture of hummingbird hawk moth.
Details,solid body,framing and sharpness are wonderful.

Hello Ersin, nice inflight close up!
Great details and info note.


hi this foto is very good!!!

Hi ersin !
This is an awesome picture of this Hummingbird Moth ! You have frozen him perfectly, with excellent sharpness and details ! Even the wings are not blurry, and they move so fast ! The blackBG highlights the insect very nicely. Very well done !

Hi Ersin,
This is a great macro again! Even if you have explained it to me, your technique will always be mystery to me :) You caught such great details about this moth in flight! OK, she may not be the cuteness one but what a tongue! :) TFS,

Hi Ersin

Wow... awesome in-flight shot. Looks fantastic against the dark BG. TFS.

excellent moment you have freeze , with nice sharp details, Very well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-08-29 7:01]

Hi Ersin!
Superb Atmaca! What can I say? I feel envy ;-) Perfect timing and excellent skill. It is very hard to capture with dSLR and you did it with your compact. Perfect my friend!

Hey Ersin - what a fantastic shot!
Brilliant colours, lighting and very nice bg!
Excellent POV and composition too. I like your picture very much.

Merhaba Ersin!
Excellent in-flight capture. Very nice contrast of the brighter insect's wings against the dark background. Thanks for the informative note shedding some light on the technique you used to take this impressive shot. Congratulations,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-01 7:20]

Selam Ersin
Great inlight shot. Good colours, sharpnes, light and POV.
Well done Ersin


No smiles left. Will be back

Hello Ersin,
Interesting technique and fascinating result. Very informative note that come in handy. TFS.

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-09-10 6:24]

quelle belle photo
très beau
sinon très bellle couleurs et très bons détails

çeşitli sebeplerden dolayı siteden biraz uzak kaldım, bu arada çok güzel fotolar yüklemişsiniz, fakat bu en klas olanlardan bir tanesi. Tebrikler

how the h....you did that??? very nice freezing moment, good use of lighting...!!
And I find interesting the technique behind this image because honestly speaking until now I always failed..:((
Thx thx very much on good pict and info!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1236] (7579)
  • [2007-08-03 10:46]

hi ersin,
a magnificient shot wonderful capture....

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