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Bergamot and Hummingbirds, Vermont by Chris Fastie

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Taken by
Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
Explore score
0.21 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 24, 2009
Date taken
Jul 13, 2009

Nikkor 55-200mm VR AF-S f/4-5....


My apologies to those whose knowledge of the fierce territoriality of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds might make the above scene a perplexing distortion of reality. Rarely will the local male allow birds others than his mate to use a food source in his territory, so a feeding flock like this is impossible, and has a biological spookiness to it, like cloned pets. In a sense, the distorted reality is due only to the integration over time that is a feature of all gigapan panoramas. It’s just highlighted here by selectively capturing the moments to integrate. This image is a record of one visit to my patio by a male (dark throat) and three visits by females (probably the same one, his mate).

Notes: The Epic 100 did not capture any birds in the panorama, so afterward I turned off the imager, set the D40 to continuous shutter at 1/1600 second and single area autofocus, and waited. One can get carried away with this, so I made sure to drop in birds (and insects) only where they were actually photographed in the scene.

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. Jason Buchheim

    Jason Buchheim (November 18, 2010, 07:46AM )

    Hi Chris, My mother wanted to know, are all these hummingbirds Shaun White???? Great Gigapan! It was a pleasure meeting you at the conference.

  2. Paul Heckbert

    Paul Heckbert (November 14, 2010, 07:17AM )

    This gigapan is on display in the Gigapixel Imaging for Science Gallery Show, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, November 2010. See it in the gallery space at gigapan.org/gigapans/64744/ .

  3. Alfred  Zhao

    Alfred Zhao (October 05, 2010, 06:30AM )

    Super cool

  4. Nathan Wong

    Nathan Wong (July 24, 2009, 08:40AM )

    The "infestation" is creepy.

  5. Chris Fastie

    Chris Fastie (July 24, 2009, 08:36AM )

    Stitcher notes: GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4090 (Windows) Panorama size: 211 megapixels (23759 x 8896 pixels) Input images: 78 (13 columns by 6 rows) Field of view: 62.0 degrees wide by 23.2 degrees high (top=14.2, bottom=-9.0) Settings: All default settings Original image properties: Camera make: NIKON CORPORATION Camera model: NIKON D40 Image size: 3008x2000 (6.0 megapixels) Capture time: 2009-07-13 13:21:07 - 2009-07-13 13:29:10 Aperture: f/20 Exposure time: 0.003125 ISO: 800 Focal length (35mm equiv.): 300.0 mm Digital zoom: off White balance: Fixed Exposure mode: Manual Horizontal overlap: 37.4 to 49.2 percent Vertical overlap: 29.2 to 34.4 percent Computer stats: 3581.58 MB RAM, 2 CPUs Total time 26:35 (0:20 per picture) Alignment: 3:09, Projection: 2:36, Blending: 20:49

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