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Reaching Out.....

Reaching Out.....
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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-28
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Macro, Action
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 55-200 f/4.5-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-26 3:50
Viewed: 1322
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It took me some time to capture this nervous insect which never stopped on a flower! I was wondering what it's been for! I took several shots of it in flight and when I downloaded them on my computer I noticed that it was reaching out and still had its fill!
It's interesting!

PP work: cropped to obtain this format, sharpened and re-sized for TL

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one word to describe this FANTASTIC
tfs regards bryan

Ciao Francis

Insect and flower, eternal combination!
A nice macro insect, showing both the flower and the visitor with details!
DoF on site and a beautiful combination of colors make up this attractive close-up!


Sergio ♣

Dear Sir,

Nice find and capture my friend! I know how difficult it is to capture a shot like this- they never stay over the flower for enough time to get a shot in auto focus and it requires a lot of patience. I think looking at the aperture value you used, you are loosing a lot of light and shutter speed. I think an aperture value of f/8.0 would have given you enough Dof and adequate shutter speed to get a slightly sharper shot. 1/500-1/1250 sec would be enough. I would be interested to know how this would turn out if you adjust your shutter speed to these values (or higher if the light allows). This is a great effort nonetheless and I admire your perseverance and dedication to your work. Well done!

Best wishes,


Awesome capture and great timing! Great pov and it has a good dof with nice details. Beautiful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-01-26 6:38]

Hi Francis,
Nice patience. This is a very fine photo. Good timing and lots of details. The colors are really nice in this as well as the lighting. TFS Julie

Nice capture of a sphinx moth. They have been mistaken for hummingbirds.

Best regards,

A humming moth is too fast to catch but you managed to collect quite nice details here, Francis!
I have myself tried once but I didn't get that much time as I saw it just for few seconds :P

Great clarity and focus on the Lantana flowers and perfect color contrast between the blurry BG and these beautiful flowers. The sharpness and POv are well chosen, and placement of moth within a natural frame is well seen.
Good job!


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-01-26 21:36]

dear Francis Xavier,
a decisive moment of its feeding figure is very well captured,
its long mouth and moving wings are amazing, it is miracle macro world indeed,
and tiny still flowers are beautifully contrasted with it,
light and colors, and composition are splendid to make the natural scene picturesque,
thank you for your excellent shot,

Amazing capture. Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful sharp detail against the blurred background. Another work of art. Great job!

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-01-27 0:13]

Hi Francis...
Beautiful timing...
Nice light...

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-01-27 14:29]

Hi Francis!
Excellent macro shot of this insect in fly...really it was very nervous :)))
Very good POV and nice composition with the subjects perfectly placed in the image. Impressive details of the flower. Splendid vivid colours. Marvellous light and great contrast against the blurred BG.
Very well done my friend.
ciao! vanda

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-01-27 22:17]

Ciao Francis

Good motion blur of beating wings of the insect. Excellent use of a shallow dof witth good sharpness where it's needed. Tfs!

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-01-28 14:48]

ANyone who has ever tried to capture a shot like this - especially at a flower and not just a feeder knows how absolutely difficult it is.

A fine job!


Hello Francis Xavier,

Beaucoup de mérite pour avoir capturé ce moment.
Ce papillon "Moro Sphynx, Macroglossum Stellatarum ou nommé encore Sphynx colibri", à cause de sa vivacité, réussi fort bien à bûtiner cette fleur de Lantana, beau mélange de vivacité et de grâce.
Bon BG, superbe cliché haut en couleur.
Félicitations pour ceci, agréable Weekend.
Amitiés sincères. Yolande

Lovely shot of a butterfly trying to extract nectar from flowers. This pic. would definitely receive more accolades and praise if posted on treknature. Thanks.

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