No no, I am here to show you how with a little effort, one can achieve intriguingly fuzzy, not-quite-in-frame shots of one of the fastest feeders in town.
Before we get started however, I'd like to point out I've been at this a very long time. You must not get discouraged if you find your photos consistently turn out in predictably sharp focus. We can't all be artistic all the time.
It could be your talents are simply guiding you elsewhere. Frankly, modern technology can do a lot for the amateur photographer, but it cannot replace a false sense of confidence combined with decades of poor habits.
Whew. It feels great to have that out of the way. Shall we proceed?
|Sphinx moths are fast. When trying to "lead" the subject, be sure to click the shutter juuuuust before the moth arrives.|
|Fortune smiled - extra points granted for a bonus not-in-focus specimen. Beside the blurry moth please note the anole to the far right, just below the midline of the image.|
|It takes a precisely chosen depth of field to get very nearly focused without actually achieving clarity.|
|Even experienced photographers occasionally get careless. This came dangerously close to being in sharp focus.|
So there you have it. A series of lyrically unfocused glimpses of Hyles lineata, the white lined Sphinx moth. A paean to the near miss, an ode to the almost was. You're welcome!