Hummingbirds are all aflutter about reading the Alphabet Challenge “N” Stories. Some might argue hummingbirds can’t read but, to them, I say this: you really think a bird that can hover, fly forward and backward, do loops, and fly upsidedown wouldn’t be able to master reading?
Whether you agree with me or not, it sure would be swell — if you’ve not already done so — if you would read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge N-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link
And now, for them who don’t often see hummingbirds up-close . . .
I’m standing next to the feeder with the phone about 5-6 inches away from the closest part of the feeder (my Note 8). When the bird goes off-camera, it’s checking me out, hovering near my ears and then just to the side of my face (the phone is held about chest-high). Note also that when it gets between the phone and the feeder, there’s not much room to spare.
The video is captured in 4K . . . which most people can’t actually see as being different from 1080p. Either way, if you click on the little flower/spoked-wheel in the lower right corner, you can change the setting to at least 720 HD, although I suggest 1080 HD is better, and 4K is best as it lets you play it on a larger screen.
There, you can also change the playback speed. If you want some slow-motion, I suggest slowing it down to a half or a quarter speed, but only if you are watching in HD, otherwise it gets pretty choppy. As an aside, watching it on YouTube is usually better (click on their logo).
Hint: to capture these videos, I stand as still as I can as any little movement (sometimes) spooks them, and that includes blinking or moving your eyes to track their movements. Normally, I wear sunglasses, and that lets me be less rigorous about moving my eyes, but even then, they often seem to notice.
I mentioned watching at half-speed . . . a few updates ago, the Note 8 acquired the ability to do Super-Slow-motion in addition to Slow-Motion.
Superslow motion only captures a few seconds that then translates into about eight or nine seconds worth of video. I really wish it could be longer, but what are you going to do. Now, it doesn’t rival those $25K cameras that can practically freeze time, but it’s not bad . . . as you can see in these next two videos. By the way, the app adds annoying music which I then remove but didn’t bother replacing since the videos are less than ten seconds . . . I figure people can go ten seconds without noise.
There are a couple of other annoyances . . . despite me fixing the focus, the app will change focus in the middle of shooting based on whatever it thinks you want to see. It’s also not easy editing these movies. It appears it captures a bit more slow-motion than it’s shown here, but it’s an exercise in frustration trying to access it.
Anyway, I also have some regular slow-motion videos I’ll be posting.
I’ve had a fair number of hummingbird posts in the past and you can find a list of them HERE.<<link
If you just want to see photos, then THIS<<link is for you.
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