The Smallest Dinosaur

August 23, 2018

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Photographer: John Stetson 
Summary Author: John Stetson 

Want to see a living dinosaur? The female Ruby-throated hummingbird shown above, photographed at Sebago Lake, Maine, is a small survivor. These speedy little fliers arrive in Maine and even southern Canada in late May and early June from Mexico and Central America. Their wings beat 70-100 times a second.

Harold Edgerton was the first to photograph hummingbirds without any trace of motion blur. He accomplished this in the 1930's when he was pioneering the use of strobe photography. Photo taken on June 21, 2016.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON D300; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh; Exposure Time: 0.0003s (1/4000); Aperture: ƒ/2.8; ISO equivalent: 2500; Focal Length (35mm): 285.