Sunday, August 11, 2013

Getting the better of Hummers

It has been a few weeks since my last post and I have been consumed by hummingbirds. Initially we had a few around our feeders, now we have dozens! 

Making images of hummingbirds, ie feather bullets, is not easy! Other than patience, the secret is understanding how your camera works.

Initially, you think it is all about shutter speed, which forces you to use high speed sync. But you can only take this approach so far.

Then the light bulb comes on and you realize it’s all about flash at the camera sync shutter speed. These two images were taken this evening at 1/200 second with my 5DIII, but at a flash power level of 1/32: which allowed me to freeze the birds, so that I can admire the beauty of their plumage.

The learning point is, know your equipment!

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