Glenn Rudd  

Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird by Glenn Rudd

October 2020 - Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird

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October 2020: Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird
In November 2017, I attended a photography workshop in Costa Rica. Our third venue was in the high-elevation cloud forest. Our shooting setup was in a covered patio where feeding flowers from the area were placed to attract the hummingbirds. We used shutter-activated flash units. This beautifully colored violet Sabrewings hummingbird is framed by the leaves of a forest flower.
Technical: 1/160 sec, Flash, f/8, ISO 200, 320 mm

3 comments posted

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Hi Glenn - nice action shot. You have great composition, nice exposure, good color. It is difficult to find any points to improve. The bokeh is great. It would be nice to know the camera and lens and flash that you used. I am surprised that 1/160 sec stopped the wings like they did. I have not shot hummingbirds before and am impressed with how you stopped the action !   Posted: 10/10/2020 13:18:14

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Thanks Gary. The flash does all of the exposure work. With the relatively low ISO value, the ambient exposure is insignificant. This is a setup whereby the camera triggered remote flashes positioned near the hummingbird.   Posted: 10/10/2020 13:39:38

Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Nice picture of a hummingbird, the eye is sharp and is placed in the picture right where it should be, nicely framed by flower and leaves. I have never tried to photograph a hummingbird, we do not have any in Denmark, but I have heard that it is difficult as it has very fast movements.   Posted: 10/18/2020 09:21:11


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