Puyallup Spring Fair

Decisions

The Puyallup Spring Fair is almost upon us. With it comes the annual photo competition put on by the Tacoma Photographic Society. As president, you would think I would have participated by entering some of my images, but no. For a number of reasons I have never found that “round to it”.

So, here is the opportunity. As I have been going back through time, reviewing moments captured, I have been selecting some of my all time favorites and I must admit that this shot ranks among the top.

You can get the camera settings from the EXIF data. What it won’t tell you is that the time was 7 am on a bright July morning. The Crocosima Lucifer is under the Dogwood tree in our back garden. Same one that I hang the feeder off of all winter [Chilled Sweets]

When I set out to capture this shot, I knew I had to keep to a shallow depth of field. This would require a large aperture, which would let in more ambient and too much background would be noticeable. The trick was to use a flash mounted on the camera. I set my shutter speed high enough to drop the background to black. Because I was using a shutter speed above 1/250th, the sync speed of my camera, I turned on the high-speed sync function of the flash. Finally, to get the light in close, as I was using a 400mm lens, I put a Better Beamer on.

The whole rig was hand-held. No problem with camera shake when you are shooting at these speeds.

As for the humming birds… We have a great relationship. I provide sweets and they provide entertainment. A great way to spend a moment in any northwest corner of the world.

Dave

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