Nikon D-7000 and Hummingbird

Started Jun 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Nikon D-7000 and Hummingbird
In reply to spectrum107, Jun 15, 2012

spectrum107 wrote:

If you interesting in more photos

http://forums.dpreview.com/galleries/2556588160/photos/

Very very impressive. You know what I find most impressive? You shot that without flash. Most hummingbird-in-flight shots I've seen used a flash, which changes the look of the bird. You can tell these shots because they have a bright dot in the eye, from the flash.

Personally, I think the birds look better with "natural" light, but it's a much harder challenge. To slow/stop the wings requires a fast aperture, which yields a thin DoF. A thin DoF makes getting focus on a bird that might ben in front of your lens for only a second or so rather tricky. Very fast apertures (like an 85mm F/1.4) can stop wings with natural light, but end up looking a bit soft at F/1.4.

So I'm very impressed with your shot, moreso than most hummingbird shots I've seen on this site.

Here are two of my hummingbird-in-flight shots I've taken with natural (no-flash) light, but neither of them are as good as yours, IMO:

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