Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Another Nifty Fity Image

Recently I have been challenging myself and other photographers to create uncropped images of small birds using short or what is often called a normal or fifty millimeter lens. Other names for this lens depending upon the manufacturer are the thrifty fifty, nifty fifty and plastic fantastic. I am challenging myself and others because it places the emphasis of photography on the photographer's skills and techniques rather than their equipment. This afternoon I set up a perch next to the hummingbird feeder for the hummingbirds to land on. It takes a lot of patience to photograph a hummingbird from sooo close up. It's pretty cool as well because you can pick out individual feather details with the naked eye unaided by a telephoto lens or a pair of binoculars.After a long wait a male Anna's Hummingbird stayed perched long enough for me to get one frame. the biggest problem with photographing hummingbirds this close up is the sound of the shutter scares them into jerking or talking off into flight. This image was created using a Canon7D and a Canon 50mm 1.8. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 1600, F 5.6 at 1/100th of a sec. Please check out my book "Secrets of Backyard bird Photography" for more on techniques for photographing hummingbirds. It is available in both hardbound and as an ebook on Amazon and other fine book sellers. #TeamCanon

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