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Hummingbird aerobatics

Hummingbird aerobatics
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-08-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon AFS 300mm F4+1.4TC
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Ruby-throated hummingbirds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-08-31 10:06
Viewed: 2690
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Its actually easy to get a picture of a hummingbird hovering, since by definition it is essentially standing still ecxcept for its wings.

Its much harder to get one when they are darting in or away from the feeder since they move so fast. I had to prefocus away from the feeder to get this - once again, in bad morning light with an SB-600 flash mounted on the camera.

The white throat and white tipped tail-feathers show this to be a female ruby-throated hummingbird, found all over the Eastern United States.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-31 11:02]

Hello Alan,
Nice action photo of this hunmmingbird. The BG is a bit noisy, but the contrasting colours are beautiful. Fine sharpness and an attractive frontal pose.

Hi Alan, Very beautiful shot of this hummingbird in flight. You have good exposure for the shot because the motion of the wings is clarity delivered and yet the body is in so much sharpness. Very good color contrasts with green BG and piece of red in the FG. Thank for sharing

Hello Alan,
Your I/1000 shutter speed did a good job of stopping the action of this little rocket. Your absolutely right about photographing one darting in and out, you almost have to prefocus to capture such an image. Sometime experiment with using a shutter speed from 1/2500 to 1/3000 and you should be able to freeze every feather. Great use of fill flash!!
Now that you have gotten the hang of capturing these fast moving birds, I would suggest to start shooting from an angle so as not to include the feeder. This will improve the overall attractiveness of the image immensely.

Hello Alan-Well captured this Female one.Like its turn.Well visible colour and sharpness.Well managed BG too.Thanks for sharing.Regards-Srikumar

Ciao Alan, lovely humingbird in fantastic action, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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