The hummingbird hawk moth whips around the garden at a rate of knots, so it’s a challenge to capture. Pretty for a moth, it hovers in front of a flower like a hummingbird, hence the name. Last year I managed to get a couple of blurred shots. This year it only appeared for perhaps a minute, zipping around a blue plumbago bush while I was shooting birds, bees and planes, so I hurriedly increased the shutter speed a couple of notches from 1/500 sec and began shooting. Next time, if there is a next time, I’ll try increasing another notch or two.

I recently replaced my EOS 1200D which has been broken for some time with an EOS 200D and I’m still getting used to it. I was really just having a play with it, checking the results as I went, so it was a real treat to get this shot. Right time, right place.

Details: Canon EOS 200D, manual mode, f8, 1/800 sec, ISO-800, Canon 75-300mm lens, focal length 300mm, 7 October 2018.

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