This humming-bird hawk-moth appears to be coming out of the darkness like a Peanuts World War I flying ace to attack the lavender. In fact the shot was taken in broad daylight but the sychronised flash has highlighted just the foreground.
These amazing insects visit the lavender in the garden at our house during the summer months. They spend their time darting from flower to flower at incredible speed. They don’t settle on the flower but grasp it with two legs, their probosces flick out and back in a tiny fraction of a second and then they are off to the next flower. Capturing their images therefore required a bit of patience and experimentation. I used flash for some, extension tubes and various lenses.There are some other shots elsewhere in my RB Art.
For this shot, the blur of the wings was captured at a mere 1/1000 – for the other shots where the wings have been almost stopped, the exposure was 1/4000.
Canon 1DMkII with 300mm f2.8L IS lens + 25mm tube; ISO400 f4.5 1/1000 with sychronised Canon 550EX Speedlite.
Best Viewed Large!