In my post yesterday, I mentioned the prototype sensor I have been field testing for Cognisys Inc. I have used it for mammals, rodents, birds, and as shown in this post, hummingbirds. I have spent thousands of hours behind a camera photographing hummingbirds, and I have even pulled off a few good images. In the last several weeks though, I have not been behind the camera very often, yet have managed some fairly nice captures – automatically!
More info after the jump…
Above is a couple of jousting hummingbirds, photographed automatically with the upcoming retroreflective sensor from Cognisys Inc. Furthermore, there is nothing exotic in this setup – the camera is standard, the lens is standard, and the lights are off-the-shelf lights. It is just a case of knowing how to use them. The two hummingbirds are a male Anna’s Hummingbird and a female Allen’s Hummingbird, sparring for territorial rights.
Images such as the one above are easily obtained in a manual fashion, or as here, with an automatic sensor setup with the Cognisys StopShot. My hummingbird workshops for 2011 are finished for the season, but next season they will include full tutorial on automated shooting, as well as the more common manual mode. After all, chasing a hummer with a big lens is a lot of fun!
If you are looking to learn about remote triggering photography for general applications, I am still running workshops that cover a plethora of equipment and applications.
Above is a male Anna’s in flight, nice and close…..
This time, a female Allen’s hummingbird triggered the sensor while performing some aerobatics!
I will post a few more automatically captured images of hummers over the next few days – I think you might be surprised