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like a humming bird

like a humming bird
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/403 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flying images, Feeding Time, European Butterflies and Moths., Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-05 17:08
Viewed: 6824
Points: 20
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Macroglossum stellatarum (Linnaeus, 1758) - Humming-bird Hawk-moth (Family: Sphingidae)

Wingspan: 40-45mm. Not prone to much variation though sometimes very pale, albinistic specimens occur, as do individuals with blackish brown abdomens and hindwings (f. subnubila Schultz).

Thie species is a day flying moth occuring from southern Europe and North Africa to Central Asia, the Altai Mountains, the Middle East and Pakistan. However I was surprise to see it that high in the mountains. The larva feeds on various species of herbaceous plants, principally of the Rubiaceae, Valerianaceae and Caryophyllaceae.

I shot this unusual butterfly in the Pirin Mountains, some 2300 m above sea level. It was in the morning and the temperature was still low - that's probably why I could approach this moth. I know the picture has some technical flaws but still I like it :-)

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What a chance you have!I am always to be jealous who takes pictures of a flying moth..

Hi Michal, another nice shot :). The BG could be perhaps a bit more OOF but you've done a great job with this capture. The moth is sharp, you have frozen its motion perfectly and its a good composition. Well done :)

excellent capture.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-06 4:21]
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Hello Michal!
Wonderful action capture.Details,sharpness and composition are excellent.Great results with compact camera.TFS...:-)

Hello Michal!
Wonderful in flight capture.Sharpness,details,POV and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Michal,
great shot, perfect timing and details. Good work.

Hi Michael,

Very good picture.
I made some myself but because of the limits of my camera couldn't reach your quality.

If you like, have a look here and here and here.

Very good work.



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-07 21:19]

Hi Machal!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. On my wishing list.
Strong visual impact.
A difficukt shot.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Have a good week!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-08-08 3:37]

Pieknie! Doskonale zlapany moment, wiem jak trudno zrobic cos takiego! Technicznie nie jest moze super, ale najwazniejsze, ze zlapates dobrze widoczna cme. Mam podobne zdjecia z Krymy, ale tam te cmy byly wielkosci wrobli ;-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-12 3:57]
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It's to dificult ot take a shot like this one!
You have to have GREAT camera too and fingers to hanldle it!
Perfect details!
Very beautiful colors!
5* photo!

Wow, any tips you can offer on how to capture an image with such lighting and clarity would be appreciated.
This is wonderful and beautiful too!

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