Accuracy Through Shutter Speed

December 21, 2008 at 1:08 am 3 comments

Last fall I ran into a hummingbird in Clay County, West Virginia.  Hummingbird’s wings can beat up to 80 times per second.  So to my naked eye the wings were just a blur.  They came out as a blur in my camera as well.

Tonight at the Garden of Lights, they included a hummingbird in the display.  The Christmas light version beat its wings significantly less than its real life counterpart.   My naked eye could clearly see the wings flap back and forth.  But my camera saw things more accurately.  Thanks for the slow shutter speed it selected for the dark night— the hummingbird wings were also a blur!


Real Hummingbird from Clay County, WV; Fake Hummingbird from Garden of Lights

Entry filed under: Christmas, Clay County, Hummingbird, Norfolk, Photography. Tags: .

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  December 22, 2008 at 12:27 am

    I do believe this is your most “different” photo compare yet! 🙂

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  • 2. Anne  |  December 22, 2008 at 2:26 am

    How did you get the hummingbird picture? They usually dart away so fast.

    Reply
  • 3. ideonexus  |  December 22, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    We were sitting on the porch across from my grandmother’s old house in West Virginia. The neighbors there had a bunch of hummingbird feeders hanging from the porch, so we kept our cameras up and ready and just started clicking away everytime a hummingbird would come up to take a sip. : )

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