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|A slightly different perspective. The wings are frozen quite well and you
can see the bird's tiny feet.
How do you freeze a hummingbird with standard photo equipment? All you need
is a flash unit that can be set manually to a very low power. Very low power
flashes occur in a very short time interval...about 1/6000 of a second. This is
much faster than any camera's fastest flash sync shutter speed. You must make
sure that the camera is set for an exposure that is a few stops under...this
ensures that most of the illumination comes from the flash unit and not ambient
light. Using a manual flash setting is hit-and-miss, but an automatic flash
settings tends to overexpose because the hummingbird is so small.
||Just by moving the camera a little bit, I had quite a few different
|Although not the most colorful image, this one was the sharpest. A closeup
of the wing is shown below. Unfortunately, my scanner cannot reproduce as much
detail as exists in the negative.
All photos Copyright © by Adam Lane. All rights reserved.