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(Panda's Thumb)   Coolest picture of a hummingbird terminating a yellow jacket that you will see all day   (pandasthumb.org) divider line 73
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2009-08-29 08:29:41 PM
Wow. That's an awesome picture.
 
2009-08-29 08:39:30 PM
That's really not that impressive. Use a faster shutter speed next time.
 
2009-08-29 08:47:36 PM
Fellows: That's really not that impressive. Use a faster shutter speed next time.

Photographer said that it was taken at 1/1000, the fastest shutter speed on his camera. But a flash was also used, which makes me wonder if the shutter speed was overridden by flash limitations. It does seem that 1/1000 would be fast enough to freeze the wings.
 
2009-08-29 08:55:13 PM
Earguy: Photographer said that it was taken at 1/1000, the fastest shutter speed on his camera. But a flash was also used, which makes me wonder if the shutter speed was overridden by flash limitations. It does seem that 1/1000 would be fast enough to freeze the wings.

The photographer's an amateur then, most SLR cameras have a flash sync of no more than 1/250. Any professional photographer would know this.
 
2009-08-29 09:09:19 PM
It's a humming bird, nature's spazz, can you even get a pic without their wings blurring on most cameras?
 
2009-08-29 09:09:56 PM
Fellows: Earguy: Photographer said that it was taken at 1/1000, the fastest shutter speed on his camera. But a flash was also used, which makes me wonder if the shutter speed was overridden by flash limitations. It does seem that 1/1000 would be fast enough to freeze the wings.

The photographer's an amateur then, most SLR cameras have a flash sync of no more than 1/250. Any professional photographer would know this.


Yep, and even if a SLR can take a picture with a shorter "shutter time" than that flash sync speed, the picture isn't all exposed at once, since a focal plane shutter can only move so fast. Unless the sensor has an electronic shutter that affects the whole shutter at the same time, that is.

(I could use my Sony R1 at 1/2000 sec with my Vivatar 285HV at 1/16th power to get a very small amount of blur, but that is a fairly rare camera now)
 
2009-08-29 09:14:41 PM
Hasta la vista stingy.
 
2009-08-29 09:20:13 PM
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2009-08-29 09:27:52 PM
Fellows:
The photographer's an amateur then, most SLR cameras have a flash sync of no more than 1/250. Any professional photographer would know this.


Well, if you follow the link associated with the photographer's name, you'll find a page claiming he's a Senior Lecturer at the Colorado School of Mines.

I'd assume, then, that he's probably an amateur.

I'd say it's a pretty good picture.
 
2009-08-29 10:24:13 PM
Man, I wish all of the hummingbirds at my feeder would do this to the yellow jackets! I hate those things. Bees do good things like pollination, and they leave you alone if you leave them alone. Yellow jackets are aggressive and don't do anything good.
 
2009-08-29 10:58:06 PM
Fellows: That's really not that impressive. Use a faster shutter speed next time.

You don't always want to freeze the action. Showing movement is highly desired at times.
 
2009-08-29 11:01:34 PM
Errk: You don't always want to freeze the action. Showing movement is highly desired at times.

This isn't one of those times.
 
2009-08-29 11:15:09 PM
Fellows would be a tough boss. :)

Fellows: "You see this here? Why the fark is your shutter speed so damn slow? This is shiat." (hurls photo onto his desk, his face awash with contempt)

Scared Photographer: "I thought that the motion...showing motion is highly desired sometimes..."

Fellows (glaring): "This is not one of those times."

(Photographer cries)
 
2009-08-29 11:17:36 PM
TheMysteriousStranger: Hasta la vista stingy Bitey.

ftfy..

/love the hornets in my vegtable garden, they're awesome little carnivores and rid it of all kinds of nasty little pests..means I don't have to use any pesticides.

//yes, been bit by one - once many years ago, rolled onto it while asleep- but never here at home

///don't bug them they won't bug you, ya know? :-)
 
2009-08-29 11:23:44 PM
vartian: Fellows would be a tough boss. :)

Fellows: "You see this here? Why the fark is your shutter speed so damn slow? This is shiat." (hurls photo onto his desk, his face awash with contempt)

Scared Photographer: "I thought that the motion...showing motion is highly desired sometimes..."

Fellows (glaring): "This is not one of those times."

(Photographer cries)


I actually have been told something similar once when I was chewing out an employee ...
 
2009-08-30 01:57:06 AM
I detest yellow jackets, even more than Canada geese. Good for the bird.
 
2009-08-30 02:37:44 AM
I need a trained squadron of humming birds, like these at all times.
 
2009-08-30 02:41:07 AM
He's got his little talons out in full attack mode.

We have a few flowering maples in our back yard. The humming birds love 'em. They're very territorial and will chase off almost every other bird from the yard, even scrub jays. They've even pestered me if I'm out when they're feeding. 1/2 an ounce of pure iridescent fury!
 
2009-08-30 02:45:06 AM
Hummingbirds are nature's homosexuals.
 
2009-08-30 02:48:05 AM
Professional Photographers: "What a crappy picture. Shutter speed sucks, this guy did a terrible job".

Me (knows nothing about photography): "That is a farking awesome picture. How the hell does someone do that"?



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Me (professional musician): "Holy shiat, did you hear what Derek Trucks just played? How the hell does someone do that"?

Photographer (knows farkall about music): "Whoa, that John Mayer guy is amazing"!
 
2009-08-30 02:50:50 AM
Philbigtime: Photographer (knows farkall about music): "Whoa, that John Mayer guy is amazing"!

As someone who knows karkall about music, I am offended.
 
2009-08-30 03:15:07 AM
Hummingbirds=cool.
 
2009-08-30 03:15:10 AM
Hummingbirds are cool.
 
2009-08-30 03:18:45 AM
Ebert: Hummingbirds are cool.

Jinx
 
2009-08-30 03:24:25 AM
gave up: Ebert: Hummingbirds are cool.

Jinx


cawkstroke
 
2009-08-30 03:52:33 AM
Archilochus colubris - ruby-throated hummingbird killing yellowjacket (Vespula squamosa). Hummingbird is territorial and attacks yellowjacket invadting bird feeder. South Carolina.
 
2009-08-30 04:53:11 AM
Fellows: Errk: You don't always want to freeze the action. Showing movement is highly desired at times.

This isn't one of those times.


Why the hell not?
 
2009-08-30 05:10:20 AM
Bennie Crabtree: Fellows: Errk: You don't always want to freeze the action. Showing movement is highly desired at times.

This isn't one of those times.

Why the hell not?


I like the blurry wings of the hummingbird. I think the shutter speed was a-ok.
From his Profile, BTW: I also enjoy snark, so it's very likely you're here because I've pissed you off.
Not saying that you are pissed off, but just saying....
 
2009-08-30 06:09:51 AM
Bennie Crabtree: Fellows: Errk: You don't always want to freeze the action. Showing movement is highly desired at times.

This isn't one of those times.

Why the hell not?


I think the slight blur in this is awesome, it exemplifies how fast the damn hummingbird IS despite the fastest shutter speed
 
2009-08-30 06:11:52 AM
Bennie Crabtree: Fellows: Errk: You don't always want to freeze the action. Showing movement is highly desired at times.

This isn't one of those times.

Why the hell not?


Because he obviously has the need to be right all of the time.
 
2009-08-30 06:41:11 AM
I had a chance to hold a hummingbird once; it was stuck in a window in my parents' garage and I had to get it out. Feeling a heartbeat as quick as a hummingbird's is kind of neat. I love those little guys.
 
2009-08-30 06:54:20 AM
wolfserpent: I had a chance to hold a hummingbird once; it was stuck in a window in my parents' garage and I had to get it out. Feeling a heartbeat as quick as a hummingbird's is kind of neat. I love those little guys.

Yes they sure are tasty
 
2009-08-30 07:08:25 AM
MrHappyRotter: Hummingbirds are nature's homosexuals.

No, more like natures Inigo Montoya. I've seen the little bastards attack blue jays and squirrels this summer, as I put the hummingbird feeder too close to another feeder for larger birds. The squirrels reactions were the best, they would grab and leap at the hummingbirds.
 
2009-08-30 07:21:50 AM
That Fellows guy would be tough on the guy if he had a photo of The Flash and there was slight movement showing near the back foot only.
 
2009-08-30 08:43:05 AM
waywardtraveler.net

/amateur
 
2009-08-30 09:32:01 AM
That hummingbird has sharp knees and its humming is a a couple of cycles flat.
 
2009-08-30 09:36:15 AM
Ah, hummingbirds: the Nac mac Feegle of the bird world.
 
2009-08-30 09:37:09 AM
Hummingbird is territorial and attacks yellowjacket invadting bird feeder

Territorial hummingbird is territorial.
 
2009-08-30 09:39:15 AM
The hummingbirds at my feeder don't kill the Yellow Jackets, they just shoo them off. My dog on the other hand, catches the Yellow Jackets between his front teeth and bites them in half. I have no idea how that started or how he does it without getting stung. He gets really pissed at them and starts snapping at them.
 
2009-08-30 10:36:01 AM
BigG: Required:

You just started my Saturday off right!
 
2009-08-30 10:38:23 AM
Holy sh*t...it's SUNDAY?!?
 
2009-08-30 10:48:48 AM
The bees teamed up and took apart one of our hummingbird feeders to get at the nectar. It was incredible to watch - there were over 100 and they worked together to pop each "bee proof" flower off the bottom reservoir then emptied the thing within about 20 minutes (2 cups).
 
2009-08-30 11:18:07 AM
KimJ: Man, I wish all of the hummingbirds at my feeder would do this to the yellow jackets! I hate those things. Bees do good things like pollination, and they leave you alone if you leave them alone. Yellow jackets are aggressive and don't do anything good.

Agreed. I don't care about the photo, just so long as a yellow jacket died.

I'd feel the same if it was a wasp, hornet or horsefly. Any stinging or biting insect, in fact, except bees. Bees, I like.
 
2009-08-30 11:34:28 AM
Good job bird!

/farking HATE yellow jackets
 
2009-08-30 11:45:49 AM
I like the blurred wings, makes it look less 'fake'
 
2009-08-30 12:03:19 PM
I bet that Fellows prides himself on always, ALWAYS, coloring inside the lines...
 
2009-08-30 12:13:58 PM
I spent a lot of time this summer photographing the birds at our hummingbird feeder and fuchsia plant with a 300mm and caught both stopped-dead and wing-motion-blur photos, and though I may be only an amateur (and relatively new one at that, having gotten my first DSLR in December), I think it's mostly a matter of preference. Also, it's difficult to judge what shutter speed/aperture you're going to need for each individual shot, especially when you're in a rush to set up as fast as you must to catch something like that. Some of my best stop-dead are at 1/640, while I have blurred-wings at 1/1000. I never used flash, since that tended to spook them, and the best results came from rapid-shot. Personally, I'm a fan of the wings being slightly blurred and the rest of the body and tail feathers being in crisp focus: it gives a good profile of the bird itself in how damned fast the little farker is. Frankly, I think the photo is brilliant, with everything in absolutely perfect focus except the wings, which are blurred perfectly symmetrically.

Fellows, aren't you being harsh in your critique of what may be a once-in-a-lifetime shot opportunity? You're biatching about that one fault, when actually it lends even more artistic quality to the entire shot.

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Bigger (^)
 
2009-08-30 12:28:09 PM
Holy Crap, Spatula. Helluva shot!
 
2009-08-30 12:30:07 PM
cmunic8r99: /amateur

I hope you're not buying the food to put in that feeder (if it's yours). It's much cheaper to make your own sugar water with 1 part sugar to 3 parts water, and they go crazy for it! The red in the water isn't necessary, since they're attracted to the red of the plastic flower spouts.

Nice catch on the photo, by the way.
 
2009-08-30 12:33:15 PM
I'm a professional photographer and editor. I'm getting a kick out of the motion.
 
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