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Macroglossum stellatarum

Macroglossum stellatarum
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-26 3:31
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Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the same flower and the same individual as that one, which was presented by me few days ago (Hummingbird hawk-moth).

I wish to accentuate that this moth is not very difficult subject for shooting in certain conditions. This insect hovers above (near) the flower while it is eating. If you have camera with fast and accurate continue autofocus and fast series it is not a problem to capture and shoot this insect. The key points of shooting of the subject are the POV, light conditions and beautifulness of plants and surroundings.

I think that in that time I was lucky and all these components were appeared all together.

Before that photo session I tried to shoot this moth many times. It was almost impossible with Konica Minolta 7D, with Nikon D700 without 70-200 lens. Many times scenery was created by not very attractive grass and plants. Only when all conditions became fine I managed to take a whole series of good shots. However, many of them reflected moth with not very nice wingspread, direction of sunlight and shadows.

Flight of this insect as well as flaps are really too fast.

Have a nice weekend and many thanks for friendly responses.

Argus, siggi, ramthakur, nasokoun, keanhoon, uleko, Luis52, maaciejka, cirano, marius-secan, Noisette, eqshannon, brech, CeltickRanger, rousettus, anel, corjan3, Hormon_Manyer, ddg, jcoowanitwong has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-26 3:54]

Hello Alexei,
Another great action macro of M. stellatarum. The composition for this POV is perfect and the high shutterspeed together with perfect focusing produced a sharp image of this hummingbird Hawk-moth probing the thistle flower deeply with its proboscis.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hallo Alexei,
another very beautiful capture of Macroglossum stellatarum taken from an excellent POV, very good sharpness and splendid colours, nice composition with a very good visual impact
Have a good weekend

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-26 4:01]

Hello Alexei.
This is a very beautiful in flight capture. A beautiful humming bird moth the focus is good and POV is excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Alex, fantastic macro of this fast moth like a Colibrì on a beautiful flower, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

I have never seen a sharper picture of Hummingbird Hawk Moth than this, Alexei. It is a true marvel; you have frozen the subject in mid air.
In addition, the pink flower enhances the aesthetic aspect of this composition.
Thanks and regards.

Very impressive macro Alexei!! Excellent composition , perfect sharpness and fantastic colours.

hello Alexei
great pose with good details and beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

hello Alexei, froze very well the scene, very good composition I like the frame, natural great colors, it is very fine photo performance!
TFS Nasos

Hi Alexei,

Superb shuttle speed. Wings were well freezed. TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-26 10:03]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic to get such a brilliant capture of this speedy and elusive insect that I've seen once very briefly here in our garden.
Great focus and very sharp details. I love the colours of Moth and flower against the green soft background! Well framed and very well done!!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-02-26 10:23]
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Hola Alexei.
Nice and colorful photo, Great POV, Beautiful BG, and light.
I just wonder. Why ISO at only 720. Set it higher probably at 1600 and You SS goes to 1/8000 of sec. as far as I can see You have a lot of light here. Dont be afraid My friend.

Hi Alexei,
perfect colourful composition.
I like your capture.
Amazing colours!
Dynamic scene,
thanks for sharing,

Difficult for execution but perfectly captured moment of a flying hummingbird Hawk-moth, Alexei! I am not the biggest fan of series identical images presented from the members, but this one is truly special I think, and let me congratulate you for your persistence! This is one of the keys for the successful photography in my opinion!Bravo! Superb work indeed!
George Veltchev

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-26 13:19]

Hello Alexei,
Another very good macro of this beauty with excellent clarity and perfect coloration.Very nice composition.TFS.

Hello Alexei,
Very nice capture with excellent details and good focus. It is not easy to catch in flight this insect. Very nice background!
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Alex
excellent capture of this Hummingbird Hawk-moth, nice POV and superb sharpness, i was never able to take a correct shot of this species, but i will follow your advices,
wonderful sharp details and very beautiful colors
Have a great sunday

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-26 15:53]

Hi Alex,i'm always fascinating by these in-flight pics.What a quality and what a class,need great experience whit the cameras to take pics like that.Very excellent work!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

My son photographed one of these but not very clear as he is not s photographer,,.he rarely has time to do anything...but yours is wonderful. It could not have come in front of the lens of a better photographer. Great job. Good show. A tip of my hat to you sir!

hello Alexei

excellent photo of this insect on work with fine POV
and the way it is framed, beautiful light and color tones,
great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Hello Alexei,

another one from this Hummingbird moth.
Exellent pov, sharpness and details.
This are very difficult to taken and you handle it very good like an real pro.
Fine colors.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-27 0:31]

Congrats for getting this difficult subject in flight, good image with good many details. tfs.

Hi Alexie- fantastic capture. i like it this time as the the object is absolute nicely placed. Sharpness of the picture is superb. A difficult capture but nicely done. TFS

Hi Alexei
another great macro shot of your flying hawk-moth seri, with great sharp focus and POV/DOF. coloration and composition also great. thanksfor sharing. all the best my friend.
have a good night

Hello Alexei,

Amazing details in the insect body!
The tad of motion blur in the wings (at 1/2000 sec!) gives a feeling of life, and the whole scene is almost surreal as I get the impression a spacecraft is approaching an unknown globe...
The situation is well framed!

Pablo -

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-28 3:32]

Hello Alex,
superb view and excellent capture. You froze the moth so well in exciting composition. The placing of the flower on the corner and the moth on other diagonal really gives a stunning view. clarity and sharpness is splendid.
Very difficult but you did very well.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-02-28 13:35]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice capture, color, clarity and composition is very beautiful.
Congratulations and best regards ..

Bien congelada a pesar del menor tiempo de exposición que la de la toma anterior.
Excelente composición y equilibrio del conjunto, con unos bellos colores.
Saludos Alexei: Josep Ignasi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-02 4:43]

Hello Alex,
Number two of your Macroglossum pictures...another pose and a very interesting composition, the Moth forms almost the diagonal of the shot. You are right it depends of your material if you can make a good shot of thiese creatures. I actually took mine with a 60mm macro lens.
Have a nice afternoon
Kind regards

Hi Alexei,
Fabulous picture. I read your note and it is very informative. Well done on both counts.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-03-06 18:50]

Hello Alexei,
A gorgeous image of this pretty little Hummingbird Moth. Your 1/2000 shutter speed allowed you to capture some fine detail in this inflight shot. The colors are very attractive and the exposure is right on the money. Well done!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-10 2:00]

Bonjour Alexei, je ne savais pas que vous alliez me faire de la concurrence!!! je ne connaissais pas cette magnifique macro. Le piqué est remarquable, j'aurai diminué l'importance de la fleur pour laisser plus de place au papillon, mais c'est un avis personnel. Bravo et bonne journée, Didier.

Hi Alexei,
There are Hawk-Moths or its relative here in Thailand. I have difficulty in following this insect. This moth stops at a flower only a few seconds. Your shot is quite an achievement. Perfect timing to get a picture at wings fully spread out. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Alexei,
After more than five years, you still continue to creat endless exciting images in your gallery. This is so well framed and details are amazing.
Thanks and have a nice day my friend.

Hello Alexei.

Fantastic insect, nice capture.


Privet Alexei,
I know this kind of photos, I mean doing them well, is very difficult. But you're able to do it! I've seen many quality shots in your gallery of flying butterflies and birds, with excellent settings of shutter speed and ISO. This isn't the case by my opinion. For this, very fast species 1/2000 wasn't enough to freeze. I think Luis' idea about higher ISO and faster shutter speed really works. Unfortunately the moth isn't sharp enough, and I mean not the wings only, and the image got a slight cyan overcast color-wise. As a composition, it's of course great - a pity the other aspects are rather "so-so" instead of "yes".
Best regards, László

Hello Alexei
This is my dream shot.
beautiful sharpness and colour.
best regards,

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