Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”
This is the first chance that I’ve been able to capture hummingbirds in action. Hearing of their residence at Patuxent Research Center – North Tract yesterday, of course I had to go to stalk some hummers.
When I woke up this morning, it was dark and dreary. Wishing I had a sunny morning to capture these lovelies, I decided to go and see how the Canon Mark III would perform in the lower light conditions.
The settings chosen were: Aperture Priority, f/6.3, ISO ** get this ** 3200. Giving me shutter speeds of 1/4000 and 1/5000 of a second.
I was able to get quite close to the birds, but still had to keep a distance as the Canon 500mm needed about 10 feet in order to focus. There were at least four Ruby Throated Hummingbirds flitting in and out to dine on the feeders. Giving me ample opportunity to capture them. I spent about a half an hour and blew through 250 shots like nothing. I can see myself spending all day and capturing thousands of images.
Editing these in Lightroom 5, the first action was to crop the images, then noise reduction. Some Autotone, some not. One with the new radial filter. I think these came out pretty good for a first time out shooting hummers.
Next time I’ll make sure I have better lighting, or at least use some positive exposure compensation to brighten up their dark faces.