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Hummingbirds and Flash photographyTonight just seemed like a good night to play with a flash unit or two to freeze these incredible birds. Like so many other photographic techniques, I'll just have to suffer through the practice, practice, practice!!!Hummingbirds and Flash photography by jim-tobin
Focus will always be the challenge, I think, because it's hard to predict where the hummer will come in to -- and I don't presently have a single feeder to give me a smaller area to target. This "Humming Hello" photo was captured as the hummer did a pop-up maneuver and hovered to survey the situation before settling down.
Here he's (she's?) taking aim to insert into the feeding hole. With only one flash unit covering things the left wing (closest to the camera) is in shadow of the body.
Fed for the moment my little hummer took off for parts unknown.
Maybe more tomorrow night, weather and birds permitting!
Hummingbirds, reduxMy photography income comes from performance lifestyle photography: Photographing people doing what they enjoy the most. Nonetheless, photographing the rest of Nature's wonders is fulfilling. So I have kept up working on these little birds in my backyard.Hummingbirds, redux by jim-tobin
Morning and evening seem to be the time when I can best predict their presence at my feeder.
As long as I remain fairly still, they're willing to chance a quick visit to the feeder before bedtime.
And if you're really into these little birds, here's a slow-motion video (1 minute, 30 seconds) I took last night as well. It's actually 720p video on YouTube so if you want to see the fine-grained details, you may want to watch it there rather than the embedded version here.
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