on the move

July 24, 2017  •  4 Comments

One of my consistent photography challenges comes in the form of those aerial daredevils otherwise known as hummingbirds.  They are true wonders of nature, and I never tire of trying to capture them in interesting ways, not so much at feeders, but in the air.   Here is the latest collection from five different sessions (shoot, download into the computer, develop, select, and repeat, repeat, repeat).  The work also requires some preparation that includes watching these little hot shots to determine where and when I can catch them in the sunshine to reveal details, drama, and color.  My trusty Nikon D800 equipped with a 70-200 mm lens, hand held, is my tool of choice.  The photographs below are all of the rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus).

Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 4 - 2017)Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 4 - 2017)


Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 3 - 2017)Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 3 - 2017)


Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 5 - 2017)Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 5 - 2017)


Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous 2017)Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous 2017)


The image below was shot with clouds in the background, rendering the backdrop a slightly grey/off white, and producing motion interest and spare wing impressions.

Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 2 - 2017)Nature - birds - hummingbirds (rufous - 2 - 2017)


Since the hummingbirds are migratory and stay through the end of September at the latest, I will take advantage of the time they are here to photograph these beauties.  There is also an abundance of youngsters in the mix, and they are great models.  So stay tuned.

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
You've done it again, Daryl. I'm impressed by the way you stopped the bird while capturing the blur of those frantic wings. Your patience and skill have done wonders with these difficult subjects.
Stunning! You definitely have a steady hand and more than one person's share of patience. I do love hummingbirds, but mostly I hear them zzzziiiinnng by while I'm working in the yard. They are, indeed, special, as are your incredible photos of them.
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
You used a really good shutter speed for the wings. I'm curious as to what it was?
So gorgeously photogging those little hotshots in flight like that is a testament to your skill and patience BRAVO
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