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.
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.
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.