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Exquisite New Print from Vintage 35mm Black and White Film, Hummingbird in Ansel Adams Style

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Exclusive and Unique Black and White Enlargement from Vintage Black and White 35mm Negative Film circa 1964. This photograph is done in the Ansel Adams style, although Ansel Adams did not do much small animal photography and generally worked with equipment more suitable for longer exposures, higher resolution landscape photography.

This is being offered in two sizes only, in limited edition. The numbering on the print will be different than the sample example shown here. The two sizes are 18"H x 16"W with a thin white border and 20"H x 18"W with a 2" black border.

Only 200 at this size will be printed. It is signed by me, the photographer. The watermarksif any, on these examples are there for the purpose of discouraging misuse of the images. They, obviously, are not present on the item you buy. Etsy only allows 10 Mb or smaller digital images. The image from which the print is made is over 15 Mb and is high resolution, low grain for such a photo in black and white. Some photoshopping to remove dust particles and smooth out the background took place. No manipulation of the bird's image was done. Backlight outlining some of the perimeter of the bird's feathers is natural and not photoshopped in.

Entitled "Sittin' Pretty," this is a photograph of an immature female Anna's hummingbird taken while on a hike through the woods that surrounded the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Southern California in the summer of 1964. I call it a miraculous photograph due to the circumstances of the shot. I was set up to shoot photographs of perched or resting hummingbirds. My goal was to capture a different look, hoping to find a situation just like this one.

Backlit bird, sundown, flash fill-in, with 300 mm lens extended for close to macro work. Handheld 35mm Pentax SLR, Strobonar flash, at about 6 feet. With a noisy SLR and electronic flash I would only have a chance for one shot before scaring the bird off. With a slow exposure and flash, you can end up with what is called a "ghost image," which is due to blurring of any fast motion while shooting at a slow speed superimposed by the flash exposure at high speed.

In this case the bird just happened to flick her wing feathers, giving a slight blur to them. I dare you to find a similar photograph of a hummingbird where the black and white film captures the kind of reflections that make it look silver or chrome on the feathers, rather than a color which dumbs down the reflective qualities. Having this luck with the right equipment at the right time is a completely transcendent experience which I finally get the opportunity to share with others. Digital scanning of the original black and white negative was done with an Epson Perfection V750 scanner at 9600 dpi.

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