Wednesday, June 23, 2010

taste and see

Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything.
--Amethyst Wyldfyre

Details: Nikon D90, 70-300mm Nikkor lens at 240mm, 1/800 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 800


  1. Wonderful shot, looks like angel wings.

  2. Wonderful capture, Mark! I can honestly say I've never seen a hummingbird's wings!!

    Being a "point-and-shoot" camera person, most of the camera settings you shared are Greek to me, but I got the 1/800th second part!! And even at that setting, there is still some motion captured in the bird's wings! Amazing .... the speed at which those wings move!!

    Susan is right ... they are reminiscent of an angel's wings!

    Wonderful photo!!

  3. Whats the exif data on this?

  4. I've posted the settings beneath the photo, anything missing that you'd like to know? I found for this shot that aperture priority worked best because of changing light conditions and the speed of these tiny birds.

  5. I guess I would like to know if such a high ISO had to be used because of the high shutter speed.

  6. You're exactly right -- 800 ISO was necessary in order to have the fast shutter speed. It's all about capturing light - and the use of a high ISO enables the camera sensor to capture light fast. The downside of using a high ISO is increased noise (which can be removed later, but requires the sacrifice of some detail). So it's all about tradeoffs! Thanks for visiting!


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