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Old Jul 21, 2002, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default A difficult shot

This one was shot in really marginal light: ISO 800, 135mm f/2DC, 1/100 @ f/2, hand-held, with the 6PM light filtering through the trees from behind.

It was rather warm, so to reduce the shadow noise I used a mild application of Neat Image.

Steve's code added a space between the "p" and "g" in ".jpg", breaking the link, so I'm going to try both putting a link to my Showcase where the image is now, and a manual insertion of the image via HTML:
<a href=http://www.digital-images.net/Showcase/showcase.html target=new>Showcase page</a>

<img src=http://www.digital-images.net/Showcase/GreenVioletEaredHummer_6236f.jpg>

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Old Jul 21, 2002, 10:28 AM   #2
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Ron, very nice close-up on that little guy. It looks like he had his eye on you.

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Old Jul 21, 2002, 1:42 PM   #3
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I was pretty close... maybe 5-6 feet away. Frankly, the 135mm is a little short for shooting birds most of the time, but in this case it was the perfect lens. I had to shoot f/2 because of the light, even though I went to ISO 800 I still had only 1/100 sec. at that aperture. I can think of no other lens I'd rather have had on the camera in that situation -- anything longer would have made the shot impossible hand-held (f/2.8 would have been 1/50 sec., which is a total crapshoot with a telephoto lens of any length over 100mm).

He did have his eye on me... that's pretty close for a perched hummer. I'm surprised he didn't fly, but very glad he didn't.
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Old Jul 21, 2002, 3:47 PM   #4
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Ron, glorious shot. What's the hummingbird and where was it?
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Old Jul 21, 2002, 4:13 PM   #5
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Default Green violet-eared Hummer

Christie, I took Tomoko down to San Diego yesterday to Coronado Island and then the San Diego Zoo. I hadn't been there since I was a small child, and she'd never been there. Near the end of the day (around 6PM) we walked into this aviary and there we found this little fellow.

Pretty, isn't he?
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Old Jul 21, 2002, 7:11 PM   #6
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Ron, sorry but I am speechless. This is a wonderful wonderful shot.
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Old Jul 21, 2002, 8:11 PM   #7
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Thanks, Robert... I'm pretty pleased with it myself. It's really rare to be able to get a reasonable amount of the frame filled with a small bird using the 135/2DC in any event, but to do it with a hummer, and one I'd never seen before -- well, to say I was happy is an understatement.

That lens when wide open gives similar results to those of the 300mm f/2.8, and it goes without saying that the 300/2.8 (which is a huge monster -- see my Lenses page for a photo of the one I sent back before I really hurt myself by carrying it) could never be hand-held at 1/100 sec., much less the 1/50 sec. that would have been required at f/2.8. It was hard enough holding that thing at 1/500 sec. (for me anyway).

Shooting birds in a zoo aviary feels like cheating to me, but in this sort of situation (a bird that I'd never be able to see without going deep into the wilds of Central or South America, or getting very lucky in a few small places in Texas or just north of there) I was very glad for the opportunity to see and shoot it.

Thanks very much for the compliment, Robert

Here's another shot I got of the little fellow...

<img src=http://www.trapagon.com/temp/GreenVioletEaredHummer_6195f.jpg>

[Edited on 7-22-2002 by RonReznick]
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Old Jul 22, 2002, 12:01 AM   #8
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Those are fabulous RR
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Old Jul 22, 2002, 2:25 AM   #9
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Default Thank you, SASC

By the way, just to give some perspective as to what the light was like -- I usually shoot birds with the 300mm f/4 at ISO 200. If I'd have tried shooting this with that lens, wide open, at that ISO speed, I'd have had a 1/6 second exposure. That is exactly why I got the 135/2 and the D1h in the first place -- to give me an option in low light (even if I have a little noise and have to crop back to the subject, at least I can get the shot).

More than anyone wanted to know, probably...

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Old Jul 22, 2002, 12:34 PM   #10
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Really nice shots Ron. 5/6 feet away, we will have to call you Stealth Ron.
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