Hummingbirds: In Search of the Elusive Photo of Flight

Hummingbirds are one of those subjects that are a challenge to photograph in flight. The best way I've found to get a good shot of a hummingbird is simply to take a whole bunch of pictures. My only other tip is to stake out the bird feeders and wait for that perfect shot while taking multiple pictures per second. The auto focus setting is practically useless since the hummingbirds move like lightning through the air. To capture the hummingbird pictures below I used the manual focus. Out of the 30-40 pictures I took only a couple that I would call "keepers" although several of them are fun shots to look at. The three at the end are the best.

The Dance


The Dance Continues

In tandem.


Through the garden.


More Dancing




Around the pole


"Who's Looking at Me?"


"I'm one handsome bird!"


In Flight


Still in Flight


It was fun following them around with the camera as the 5 or more hummingbirds zoomed through my parent's backyard. Aiming the camera at the birds while attempting to get a well focused shot reminded me of skeet shooting (not that I've ever done it), with a much less destructive outcome! For which I'm sure the hummingbirds are grateful and my parents for that matter, there's no telling how much damage I would do with  a shotgun!

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