Medium format camera
120mm macro lens
Short extension tube
Two medium sized soft lights were used. The first was placed bebind the
flowers and was actually used as the entire background surface. The second
soft-light was placed to the right of the lens. A white fill card was
placed to the left of the lens. A laser
trigger was aligned across the inner throat of the iris so when the
hummingbird came in to drink the necktar her beak would break the beam.
A delay module was used to delay
the trigger signal long enough for the bird to finish inserting her beak
before an electronic
cable release tripped the shutter. After everything is setup theres's
nothing to do but go and sit in a lawn chair until your strobes go off
and then its time to recock the shutter and take another break.
The exposure was 1/500 sec. at F22 with electronic
flash. The ambient exposure would have been 1/8 sec. at F22 which putting
the ambient light 6 stops under exposed. This is one of those times where
it really is nice having a flash sync speed of 1/500 sec. as the ambient
light had no effect on the image making it possible to get the detail
in the wings.