Lately I have been trying to get photos of smaller birds and insects on the wing. Now for hummingbirds. Last post I tried butterflies bobbing and weaving. Did it help with hummingbirds?
A little I guess. It is not hard when the birds are bigger than a quarter, or insects fly in a straight line. This was just an exercise to improve skills and try exposure to balance out the speed of the hummers in low light conditions. Plus we had a snit-fit from our little hummer, see why…
Like the post on butterflies in flight, hummingbirds that are feeding (Photographing a Hummingbird in Flight – Useful Tips) are easier to capture than when just buzzing around the garden in free flight. I jacked up the ISO to get as much light on the tiny fast-moving subjects as I could, but trying to pan with flyers proved very challenging.
None of the images I am particularly happy with like those in previous posts, but with practice the free flyers will get better. I am not too fond of my photos at the feeder or tree sitting because they are a bit too commonplace.
See, a bit ordinary and boring. They also show the feeder which really is not generally too artistic.
The poses can be interesting, but the feeder is always not.
On its way to the feeder….
I named this hummingbird Haddie. Haddie is a friendly and very tiny hummer that will buzz around with me in the yard making taking photos a bit easier. She is very territorial and has run off quite a few other hummers.
Today she had a hummer fit. She flew into the garden looking for the feeders I was just bringing out from a cleaning and refill. You would think this was the end of her world. She looked like one of those cartoon characters frantically buzzing all around with the alternating look of disgust, bewilderment and surprise on her face. Eyes bulged and head was thrust forward. You know the look!
Well, I think she was a little peeved too since she did not come back all morning.
I saw her fly to the top of the tree after I set the feeders in place, give me the look and take her leave. She was back later, but snubbed the feeders.
I think she had a point to prove.
Like “It must be there when I want it.”
I have many photos of her sitting in the tree, ahem…cough, cough, boring. My post Hummingbird Closeups with a Nikon P510 showed many images of hummingbirds sitting in a tree. That post had more colorful hummers than Haddie.
My goal with this exercise was to get a little more action. Actually the peak of action is number two on making a good photo. Number one is getting a well focused subject. Some pro said this.
Best to have both, but I often settle for one, like sitting in a tree. Until I get more proficient on the shots away from where they feed, it looks like tree, Monarda and feeder shots for now.
Next flying post is the big birds of the marsh lands. I visited three bird preserves you will see an Osprey nest and the parents on the way to the hunt. I will have the post to complete the Amherst garden in the post, A Garden to Make You Say Wow, after this one.