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Old Aug 20, 2005, 11:17 PM   #1
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This insect was about half the size of a hummingbird. The shadow of the wings is onvinyl siding.

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Old Aug 21, 2005, 10:05 AM   #2
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Hey, strange picture. If these are only shadows of his wings, than where are his real wings? :? Yes, I know that they move their wings maybee even faster than hummingbird, but you should have freezed them atleast somewhere :roll:
But it's excellent picture, rest of the body is nice an sharp!
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 10:42 AM   #3
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This guy moves wings faster than his/her shadow...:G, great picture fred.:-)
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 10:48 AM   #4
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Same as X, where's the wings? vinyl siding or not, the wings have it. Any faerie would be proud. Then I went over to a Faerie Glen setting, ceramics, to compare. Yup, you caught a neat set of wings. very neat
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 11:45 AM   #5
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It is a strange photo. I'm not sure what is going on. Those may not be the shadows of the wings but the wings themselves but they sure look like shadows. Or maybe the wings areso translucent that we only see the shadows but if they were that translucent they wouldn't cast a shadow. Or the wings have moved faster (or slower?)than the shadow. WWEHS? (What Would Einstein Have Said)?
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 12:35 PM   #6
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What was the exposure time for this pic?
But I believe that those are his wings, just they are blurred and look like shadows. But the more I look at this picture the more it looks to me :lol:
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 1:44 PM   #7
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What was the exposure time for this pic?
But I believe that those are his wings, just they are blurred and look like shadows.
1/160s, f4, iso200 They look too sharp to be blurred.
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Old Aug 21, 2005, 2:42 PM   #8
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Oh, well... Than it will remain a mystery for us :roll:
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Old Aug 23, 2005, 5:06 PM   #9
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I posted the same pic at dpreview whileSteve's wasdown. Here is a post that seems to explain it.

"What you are seeing is not the shadow of the wing on the siding, it's in fact the actual wing itself. The reason is, the wings are moving too fast for the shutter itself to capture alone, but the flash pop is quick enough to freeze the wing. The reason the wing looks translucent is because after the pop of the flash recorded the wing in that upper postion, it moved, allowing the siding to then expose the sensor for the remainder of the exposure time. It's basically the equivalent of a double exposure. One exposure was made with the flash, and the rest was made with ambient light which allowed the siding to show "through" the wing's image. "
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Old Aug 23, 2005, 5:08 PM   #10
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BTW, this is called a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth.
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