Medium format camera
120mm macro lens
Short extension tube
Two medium sized soft-lights were used. 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
The exposure was 1/500 sec. at F22 with electronic
flash. The ambient exposure would have been 1/8 sec. at F22 which put
the ambient light 6 stops down from the flash exposure. 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.