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Extreme telephoto macro photography ( 600mm X 1.4 teleconverter X 1.6 APS-C sensor with 36mm extension tube ) - cropped slightly .

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Derek Holzapfel on July 27, 2012

You nailed this one, using an incredible macro setup (fun, I have done so as well). Cheers Derek

Derek Holzapfel on July 27, 2012

Darn, it won't come up full screen. Perhaps not fully processed by Pano yet.

Scorched Earth Photo… on July 28, 2012

Hello NatureDiver - image quality resides in the lense , not the camera body . Digital (and film ) camera bodies are disposable , lenses can last a lifetime . Folks ask me what kind of camera do you use ? I reply - whatever fits on the lenses !!!

Lloyd. B on July 28, 2012

What a shot Waldo,it just makes me feel like i could reach out and touch that little bird.

Scorched Earth Photo… on July 28, 2012

Thank you kindly Lloyd. B - have never met a person that does not like hummingbirds !

Itallica on July 29, 2012

Splendid shot!

Cheers, tery

Scorched Earth Photo… on July 29, 2012

Howdy Itallica - this is one of my better images from last year . The hummingbirds are just now returning from the mountain meadows and migrating thru - hopefully I will get more shots like this in the next few weeks !

mato angel 1 on August 4, 2012

PERFECT! Regards, Ray

Avulso on August 5, 2012

Great photo at such a focal lenght! L4+voted, good luck.

Scorched Earth Photo… on August 7, 2012

Howdy mato angel 1 - not sure why hummingbirds appeal to me , but they are one of my favorite photographic subjects !

Thank you kindly Avulso - the hummingbirds are in my yard now , but no good photos yet this year !

OSTAJOSEBA on August 9, 2012


Scorched Earth Photo… on August 10, 2012

Greatly appreciated OSTAJOSEBA - thank you for the gracious comments and visit !

tmoj on August 13, 2012

WOW, this is a really amazing image Waldo,

had to add to my favourites. The sharpness, colours, composition, whatever is so natural it is really difficult to believe it's taken with such and amazing lens combination. Your lens must be really good quality.

Best wishes, Timo

Scorched Earth Photo… on August 13, 2012

Hello tmoj - quality lenses are critical for image quality , but they are very expensive - a new 600mm Canon lense (Image Stabilized) and matched 1.4X extender is about $ 14,000 US ! The lense , despite all the magnification has a minimum focus distance of 20 feet - reduced to 12 feet with the 36mm macro extension tube - similar to adding a 2X extender to the whole works without the drop off in image quality . This image was taken in Al Servo Mode - note that image stabilization does not work well in Al Servo Mode , not all macro extension tubes allow for auto focus functions , and most DSLR's will not autofocus if the prime f stop of lense / telextender combination is greater than f5.6 !

Neil Aitkenhead on August 15, 2012

Wow - what a catch!!!

Scorched Earth Photo… on August 15, 2012

Hello Neil8kenhead - been trying to capture a repeat performance of the hummingbirds over the last 2 weeks , but nothing spectacular so far !

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on August 27, 2012

Just great! --like and YS --AnaM

Scorched Earth Photo… on August 28, 2012

The hummingbirds thank you AnaMariaOss - appreciate the comments and the visit !

Shaun Thomason on October 30, 2012

After seeing a hummingbird in motion you really appreciate how difficult a shot like this! They are a fascinating little creature!

Scorched Earth Photo… on October 31, 2012

Starting to get the hummingbird photography figured out Shaun Thomason - unfortunately , they only hang for about 3 weeks in late summer - they seem to have an overwhelming desire to migrate to warmer climates as fall / winter approaches !

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 27, 2012
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    by Scorched Earth Photo…
    • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    • Taken on 2011/08/05 12:31:49
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 840.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash