After yesterday’s post the semi-perfectionist in me reared it’s pretty normal looking head and I took the concept of shooting it like film a step further. I culled the best of the images of my hummers from the original black and whites and took the original files and “processed” them like I would have if I had been exposing negatives in the dark room. I didn’t dodge and burn – but I played with exposure so that the images were as contrasty enough to really bring out the detail I knew was there in my “negatives”. No sharpening, no digital fixes, no sepia or pinhole. Just straight B&W with an exposure adjustment. I think this is a pretty fair comparison – 6 good shots out of 30+.
Some random facts about Hummingbirds:
They lay 2 white eggs the size of peas.
Their migration is timed according to the appearance of certain flowers along their route.
A group of hummers is called a bouquet, a shimmer, a hover, a tune or a glittering – all of these seem pretty appropriate.
They flap their wings up to 75 beats per second.
They build their nests from spider silk covered with lichens.
A hummer consumes twice its body weight each day.
Thanks for giving these guys a second look with me.