Experimenting with hummingbird photography has challenged me this week. We have a window feeder, so I set up my tripod in the kitchen and with Larry’s help outside, I manually focused on an object where the hummingbird will be feeding and hovering. When a bird arrived, I shot using a remote shutter release and high-speed continuous shooting. This is my best photo after a few hundred attempts earlier this week! See a bit of her tongue slightly extended? The feeder is somewhat shaded, so I plan to find a way to reflect more light on the feeder, without scaring the birds.
This little bird is very observant. When I replaced a yellow dish towel with a white one on a hook next to the window, she came to the feeder and glanced almost constantly at the white towel. She even perched and stared at it for a while! These little birds are so much fun to watch. I can remain stationary in front of the kitchen sink and watch them from a distance of 18 inches!
Canon 60D, ISO 400, 200mm, f4.0, 1/160.
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