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Klaus DK Aug 11, 2003 4:51 PM

This bug what shot in Italy - anybody knows it's name ?
Comments welcome too...

melanie Aug 11, 2003 5:12 PM

oeh great photo!!!
But i don't know what it's called like...

Some sort of Moth?

NHL Aug 11, 2003 5:17 PM

It's a moth family probably (No idea what's the exact name)... good shot!

JodyQ Aug 11, 2003 5:41 PM

Hummingbird Moth
Hummingbird Moth, also called Sphinx Moth.

Yours is a very good shot. Much better than most of the others of them on the web.


Klaus DK Aug 11, 2003 5:48 PM

Thanks all three.

JodyQ. Thanks for the reply. I consider that solved!

kex Aug 12, 2003 4:00 AM

Hi Klaus.
Wow. I'm trying to get these moths for weeks now.
We got them here in our garden in the early evening.
But it isn't really easy to get them.
Do you mind sharing your settings? (maybe not too helpfull for my because of the different cams.. but I would really appreciate it.)

Klaus DK Aug 12, 2003 6:12 AM

Of course!

I shot this one in the late evening . Is was dark. The only way to get the moth to "freeze" is to shoot at a fast shutterspeed. If not - you will get blurry wings at the least.

That's why I turned up the ISO 800 at shot with the build-in flash. I was to put on the external flash, but when I saw the outcome I was satisfied with this.

You must shoot with flash, but I dont know how fast a shutter you can use with the flash on - on your digicam. Is has to be fast. My was around 1/180second I think.

Butterflies in the daytime is much easier. No flash required (but can be used with succes), low ISO and a fast shuttertime. That's all you need.


checklg Aug 12, 2003 6:22 AM

A superb picture Klaus, well done on capturing such a dificult subject. You've even caught the sculling action of the wings !

I'm interested that you used ISO 800, have you ever used anything higher on your D100 ?

Norm66 Aug 12, 2003 6:24 AM

Great picture. :)

Klaus DK Aug 12, 2003 7:29 AM

Hi Graham

I've shot with all ISO settings several times on my D100. I find ISO 3200 and 6400 almost unusable. I think the D100 performs very well up to ISO 800, depending on the use of the shots of course.

Shooting in the evening in dim (not dark) surroundings I use ISO 800. This way I'm able to keep the camera in my hands and forget everything about tripod.

What about you Graham ?

checklg Aug 12, 2003 7:58 AM

I still tend to stick with ISO 200 on my D100, but that's only because I've not done much low light work.

I can usualy get up to 1/200-1/250th at about f11-f16 on a good day, and when I need to drop the shutter speed I've got a little shoulder pod that doubles as a mini tripod.

All the same I intend to do some test shots at higher ISO, as every little helps with my new 200mm lens (I do use a tripod with it).

Any views on my results to date ?

jazcan Aug 12, 2003 8:22 AM

Very nice as usual Klaus!

By the way, your website is terrific!!!!!!!!!

Klaus DK Aug 12, 2003 10:12 AM

Thanks a lot Jazcan. It's really nice to get some feedback! I'm put a lot of time in it. My english however limits thing a bit, but at the same time I try to keep things simple.
I can see in my statistics that the Graphic section is very popular these days!

Ward Larson Aug 12, 2003 6:48 PM

Beautiful shot, Klaus! As usual.

sasc Aug 26, 2003 3:46 PM

It is beautiful. I have rarely seen these where i live in US mid south

selvin Aug 27, 2003 12:03 AM


Superb tutorials.


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