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.
I see cards, coffee mugs, mouse pads…:) I loved them before and I love these more.
Thanks – I’m actually making some prints for the house today. I work in the t-shirt biz so we put pictures on almost anything – I’ll have to give that some though:)
Well, let me know if you make cards because I would buy them. I love writing letter and sending notes to remind people I’m thinking of them. Plus I think it’s great to get something besides junk mail.
I have enlarged several of my flower prints and framed them for my house as well, it’s the best art ever!!
Great shots, especially #6 (followed closely by #3).
Love the Light.
Thanks – it’s interesting how much more interesting #6 is in black and white. The original color is a bit over exposed in the highlights – it wasn’t really a keeper in color.
great pics! I love them all! They have to be my favorite bird. That and an Eagle. Talk about way different birds huh? 😉 They always make me smile.
Thanks – I love that they have so much bravado in their tiny bodies. Eagles – that’s a contrast:)
They are awe-inspiring. I *adore* them!! We don’t get hummingbirds in Australia, and I only remember seeing them once in the Philippines, ironically eating nectar from an Australian native our Ausie friends planted from Australia. I’d *love* to see hummingbirds again one day! I totally love these photos. I’m especially jealous that you got dive-bombed refilling their feeder! 🙂 Happiness! The thing I don’t really get with these photos is their size, cuz I don’t know how big that feeder is. I remember they were very small in the Phils. I love your info about them too. They are like the closest things to fairies in gardens, huh. I wish someone would release a bunch in the wild in Australia! 🙂
Wow Rach – I would have thought they were common there with all the abundant wildlife. The birds are about 2.5 inches tall. These feeders are large ones – they hold about a liter, except for the one with the fancy bottle – it’s the size of a small Coca Cola. We get them here between May and December. They find a feeder or natural food source and nest nearby. I found a nest this year out hiking. They really are special – when they bombed us they were squeaking at us. I think they head for the tropics in the winter.
The fourth photograph almost looks like a bird with a gramophone! (Sorry I have gramophones on my mind of late!)
That’s too funny – he’s singing along:) they do have the cutest little song.
I could look at these all day – so wonderful!
Thanks so much – I pretty much sat around looking at them all weekend:)
I love number 3!!!
Thanks – that’s one of my top ones as well