Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Extreme crop with the Nikon D800

I had an extra 20 minutes this weekend so I stepped out in my front yard and tried to get a few photos of the humming birds that were buzzing around. I managed to get three shots before I had to get back to work.

I cropped these shots about 95% just to get the hummingbird in the photo by itself.

This is one of the original photos just to give you an idea of how much cropping was done.
These were shot with a Nikon D800 and Nikon 28-300mm lens from about 15-20 feet away. The lens was at 300mm and the camera was set at F6.3, ISO 1600 and the shutter speed was 1/3200.
I was trying to freeze the wings but even at 1/3200 of a second I couldn't do it.


  1. still, great detail in those crops!

  2. Lots of detail still, even with that much crop. D800 does a nice job! We had some Hummers show up a couple days ago. Seems early for them to be here?

    1. We haven't seen any around here since spring but our weather cooled off last week (low to mid 80s all last week and this week) so I think that may be bringing them back.

  3. I agree with Tex, and Parker. Did you forget I posted some tips sometime ago how to freeze the humming bird wings?

    The equipment is quite simple, you just need a good, reliable bird and spike the flower with sugar water. I put the flower right into the feeder at times and you need about 4,5 flashes at lower power @ 1/16 power or less. Even a cheapy camera will get the shot since you can only shoot 1 shot at a time(flashes won't recycle fast enough) at slow shutter speed and small f-stop because there are so many flashes. The low power flashes is what freeze the bird because it flashes at faster speed at low power.

    Can't teach the old dog! LOL.

  4. I was going to get the flash out and use it on the commander mode but I was being a lazy photographer. I litterally only had about 20 minutes to get a shot. We've been super busy the last couple of months and time off is at a premium right now.

    Aaron and I tried again later in the evening for about 30 minutes but the birds (and grand kids LOL) weren't cooperating.

  5. Extreme crop indeed! Having all those pixels makes a difference. Great shots. I know I can't crop anywhere as close as you can.

  6. 95% crops and still presentable photographs! Quite impressive really just how far this digital photography has come and in just a few short years...


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