Dhananjay Rao  

My first hummer by Dhananjay Rao

September 2020 - My first hummer

About the Image(s)

My first view at the humming bird. I loved it , ofcourse the settings may not be the best at 1/1250 SS - can go further.... Even the setup with feeder, I would like it to be with a flower than feeder. But my excitement, as for someone from Indian subcontinent to see a humming bird was super awesome... Initially I thought is was a bumblebee..... Eager to take some feedback on how to shoot humming birds.

4 comments posted

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Good Morning Dhananjay,

Good for you! I can still remember the first time I saw a hummingbird when I had a camera in my hand. I can imagine your excitement! And, one has very little time to react and shoot. I think you did well to capture the shot you did. I could give a lot of advice about how to do shots like this as I have done a few but I think you are aware of them. The big thing I have learned is to set up the shot before hand. You do have to pick a good shutter speed before hand by deciding how you want the wings to turn out. Do you want stop action or to show motion. That determines your shutter speed. Then that will determine the ISO as your F stop must be set to have the entire bird in sharp focus. So, pre set the SS and the F stop. Then start pre focus on the area you are shooting. Example, if it is on a flower, pre focus on the flower and set the ISO to give you the best exposure on the flower. Take test shots. Now, you have to have the camera set to High Speed, Servo, and there are some internal menu settings based on your camera model. Now, once your pre-focus settings are all ok, you are good to go until the light changes. Hope that helps you with something new. Also hope I do it correctly :)
  Posted: 09/14/2020 10:51:01

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
As Gary explained, the key to shooting hummingbirds is planning the shot. You need lots of light, preferably flash, and a camera on a tripod. Also, it is always preferable to not have a feeder in the picture. I like your enthusiasm for the subject. If you have an opportunity, try to take a workshop with some professional bird photographers. It is worth-while investment.   Posted: 09/15/2020 20:21:40

Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Nice picture, I understand the joy of getting a picture of such a fast bird, I would like to get better at photographing birds, you probably have to make a lot of preparations as Gary writes. Of course, it would be much better if the plastic flower was replaced with a live flower.   Posted: 09/20/2020 05:12:42

Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
love hummingbirds. The feeder regrettably takes over the image and distracts from the bird. I also find the yellow behind the bird a bit distracting. These are difficult to capture but such a delight to watch. A friend of mine recommended the shutter speed at 2000 for hummingbirds. You might want to give that a try.   Posted: 09/25/2020 12:14:32


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