Because They Don’t Know The Words

I have a hummingbird feeder in my backyard and the hummingbirds don’t come around too often, but last night one did and the light was perfect. I could sit in the shade of the house with the setting sun shining on the feeder and bird. I also picked a vantage point such that I would have blue sky behind the humming bird through gaps in the trees. All I had to do was wait around for the hummingbird to show up.

He or she darted in and out, making a quick stop at the feeder and flying off and not giving me much time to shoot. I found that waiting for auto-focus was not going to work with the hummingbird buzzing around, so I set focus on the faux-flower part of the bird feeder and switched off auto-focus. Now I could just point the camera and hold the shutter button down when the bird was close to the feeder and it should be in the plane of focus.

Hummingbird at Feeder
Hummingbird at Feeder

I also set the camera to high-speed continuous shooting, figuring I would sort through dozens of images and pick out a few good ones. In addition to all of that my camera settings were 200mm focal length, aperture priority mode set at f/4 (for some focus depth) and ISO200 (for some shutter speed). My pictures range from 1/1600s to 1/4000s thanks to all the bright sunlight. Even at 1/4000s (250 µs) in the above image, there is still motion blur in the wings.

Hummingbird at Feeder
Hummingbird at Feeder
Hummingbird at Feeder
Hummingbird at Feeder

This hummingbird has some yellow-green coloring which showed nicely in the evening sun. I have seen an emerald green one around as well so maybe I can capture it as well. Thanks.

29 thoughts on “Because They Don’t Know The Words

  1. I love hummingbirds. Small and feisty! Shaking my head about the title, LOL! I just got it after reading the first comment.
    You had your coffee this morning, didn’t you!
    Hope to see the emerald green one, that would be pretty! 🙂

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  2. Those wings are fast.
    I see you don’t bother with coloring the water. Neither do we, and we get swarms of hummingbirds at our feeder. There’s also a woodpecker that occasionally stops by and manages to get a few sips. The hummingbirds shy away from the woodpecker, but they get into a lot of aerial swordfights with each other.

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      1. No, we have clear water, and get tons of hummingbirds. The only difference is that it’s hard to tell from a distance when you’re running low, so the poor hummingbirds go hungry occasionally.

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      2. Really, it should happen more often. Those hummingbirds are getting fat. I’ve noticed they’ve been hovering lower and lower to the ground, and our cat has been getting interested in them.

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  3. I’m thoroughly impressed. I’ve enjoyed all your photos, especially the bees, but this is awesome. I’ve been stalking the black and white hummingbird who lives under our palm’s dropped fronds, but I’ll never catch it, nor come up with something this good!

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