Every year our native plant garden attracts scores of hummingbirds — Anne planned it that way when she did the planting, clever girl that she is.
And every year I make a token attempt to photograph them.
But — it’s so HARD!
First of all, they are small. So you need big-time magnification to end up with a recognizable creature in the image.
Secondly, they (at least the ruby thoated variety in our neighborhood) are exceedingly — how to put this? — FLIGHTY. Getting close to them with a camera is a real challenge.
So I do the best I can, which in this case involved hand-holding a weighty Sigma 50-500 lens (aka “Bigma”) mounted to the camera. On this occasion I also fired up a TTL flash set to Manual at 1/16 power, in an attempt to generate some highlights on the birds’ feathers.
The results are grainy and not tack-sharp, but I hopefully captured some of the wee birdies’ personalities in the images.
Too bad the ones that have taken up residence in our back yard are all females, and thus lacking the striking crimson chin-feathers of their male counterparts.
Better luck next year!