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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Itsy bitsy critter!

My butterfly bush is loaded with blooms right now, and I have a bunch of these little critters buzzing around, along with bunches of butterflies! To see them, especially the ones marked like bumble bees, you would think they were bees, but they aren't. They don't sting, in fact, they don't much care that I'm even there, sticking my lens in their face. They just go about their business, going from flower to flower.

They are hummingbird moths. This one is specifically a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. They are not a hummingbird, they are a moth, and only about 1.25" - 2" in size.

Not the best pictures, it was already really shaded when I took these, and they were pretty dark, so I had to tweak them pretty heavy in Photoshop.

I do love these little guys though.......such neat little guys! They remind me of flying shrimp!



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Mind if I ask what your preferred model of camera is? You take great shots.
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Thank you! I just switched over to a Canon 5D Mark II from Nikon........but it's not the camera, you have to practice practice practice, and work on your skills to use the camera you have. You can take amazing pics with lesser cameras than the 5D when you have skills. I'm still learning, I'm a work in progress, and still learning to use this camera too.
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Whoa, what a camera....

We just bought a Pentax K5 a few months ago and have been practicing, practicing, practicing!!!
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I'm not familiar with Pentax, but it looks like a great camera! What lens do you have with it?
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Gorgeous shots! I love photography as well. I am far from a pro, though.

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What interesting creatures! Never even heard of them before. Great pics, as usual.

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I'm not familiar with Pentax, but it looks like a great camera! What lens do you have with it?

Right now we're just using the 18-55 that came with the chassis but we're hoping to get a zoom type lens, maybe this winter. This is our first camera of this type so we're having a pretty good time with it. Really changed how we approach photography.
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Yes, these cameras are a whole different ball game, unlike the point-n-shoots! Your 18-55 lens is a great place to start too.......nothing wrong with that at all.

Here's a couple more that I took that same day, but I played with these a bit more to add a little more effect.



This is a teeny tiny butterfly, about 1" long.



I'm making some bookmarks out of the above two pics.



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Geri you make bugs truly interesting and beautiful. Now that is true talent.


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