Rufous Hummingbird

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by doug herr, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Last weekend I visited Lassen Volcanic National Park in northeast California, and among other things found a swarm of hatch-year Rufous Hummingbirds taking advantage of the last few flowers of the summer: [​IMG]
    Rufous Hummingbird Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
    Leica R8/DMR, 280mm f/4 APO-Telyt-R with 1.4x APO-Extender-R Exposure was 1/3000 sec @ f/8 (effective). All comments welcome.
  2. You're making it look (and sound) too easy, Doug. :)

    Very good.
  3. What can i say,Doug? As usual superb.

    Perhaps a touch more colour?
  4. What amazes me about hummingbirds is how brazen they are. I have had them land on my glasses before!
  5. Great shot, Douglas. I am surprised you froze the wings at only 1/3000 second...hummingbirds flap very fast.
  6. The wings aren't completely frozen, there's still some motion blur.
  7. Doug, just super. When is your photo book or CD coming out? Will it include your "how to" guide. Really, we are all big fans of your work on the Forum. Do you have a picture of "Hedwig"?
  8. Doug, congratulations on yet another stunning image to add to your already superb portfolio!

    Best, David
  9. Very nice, Doug. :)
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    I'm about 3/4 done with the book; it's mostly photos with a few stories behind the pictures, and some commentary about how the equiment I've used has influenced my photographic style and vice versa.
  11. Doug, when the book is ready, I hope your publisher is planning a party in New York as part of a media tour. Your work is extraordinary and deserves to be as widely seen as Audubon's and Peterson's.
  12. Beautiful work Doug. What kind of flowers are they? The plants look like burdocks to me.

    I'm sure you'll let us know when you get it (the book) done. I'll certainly buy one.
  13. Jack, I'm told the flowers are Swamp Thistle (Cirsium douglasii var. breweri).
  14. Doug, you have mail from me, following up on the suggestion of holding an event in NYC to mark the publication of the book.
  15. Looking up burdocks on the net was quite interesting. Thistle always be a lesson to me.
  16. Doug, was it you a while back that posted a head on shot of a flying Snowy Owl? Please let us know about the presale on your book. Congradulations.
  17. "was it you a while back that posted a head on shot of a flying Snowy Owl?"
    Nope, not me.
  18. great shot!
  19. Douglas,

    That is an amazing photograph! The hummer looks like he's posing for you, after making sure to have his better side towards the camera.

    While I'm fascinated by the artistry of the shot, I'm puzzled by a technical question. In an exposure of 1/3000 sec., the focal-plane shutter will have a very narrow slit moving in front of the film during the exposure. I don't see any distortion resulting from the combination of the wing moving while the slit is moving. Why isn't that distortion present?
  20. I think you'd see some distortion if the wings' direction of motion was a diagonal vs. the
    shutter's travel or if the wings were angled up more.

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