Saturday, August 20, 2011

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I have come to the realization that capturing a web worthy photo of a hummingbird is damn near impossible. I commended those of you who have achieved this.

I made asked B to come with me to an area which has become to be known as a mecca for ruby-throated hummingbirds, who come to feed before they migrate south on their long annual journey. I thought I would stand a better chance of capturing a good photograph if there were many subjects to practice on.

We chose to go to this garden at the beginning of their arrival.  The number in attendance was not as great as I had hoped. I learned, the hummers feed for approximately five minutes before needing to digest what they have taken in. They fly off to a nearby tree to rest and process their meal. This takes about fifteen minutes and this act only serves to frustrate this photographer.

A return visit may be in order.






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16 comments:

Emily said...

A gorgeous and impressive shot. I am in awe of the patience and thought I am sure it took to capture this moment. Thank you for sharing and for visiting my blog!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I did not know about the feeding digesting time frame. Good information. We have a couple hummers frequent our feeder but I've not yet tried my luck at getting a picture. Now you have unknowingly challenged me.

Heather said...

Despite your frustration (which I can totally empathize with as I am NOT a patient person)you were able to get a beautiful photograph! I LOVE the gorgeous red flowers and how you can see the humming bird moving.

Kelly said...

It turned out amazing!!! I have no patience either. I've tried to catch a butterfly with no avail.

Chelsea said...

Well, this is AWESOME!! I think you definitely captured a web worthy shot!

Kimberly said...

I think you got a wonderful capture! They are quick little buggers!

Ewa said...

what an amazing capture! beautiful colors!

snapshots2011 said...

Poor B-- he's such a trooper!
It looks like your patience paid off- that's an awesome capture!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I have never been able to capture one satisfactorily. I have a few attempts, but none "web-worthy" as you say.

This photo is definitely a keeper, Trish. Glad you and your hubby made the trip. :)

Sara said...

Wonderful shot, love the red flowers against the green, really beautiful.

Courtney said...

Wow!! I think this is an awesome shot! Look how sharp the flowers are and I love the movement in the wings of the bird!! I would LOVE to try and take a hummingbird shot!! This is definitely inspiring!! I think you need to give yourself more credit :O)

Gretchen said...

I think you did wonderful with this shot. The colors of the flowers are spectacular. Most shots I've seen are taken around a hummingbird feeder... I love that yours is in the wild... very awesome!!!! =D

deb duty said...

You captured a beautiful hummingbird photo! I have a flower in my yard they like but I haven't been able to make it out my door without them flying away.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Perfect capture. I waited off and on during the day, but they were more patient for me to leave. The activity is picking up, so I figure there will be so many in the future that they will ignore me. Just waiting ...

Sarah P. said...

This is highly impressive. I've never been able to get a hummingbird shot, they are too fast! :)

Michelle Renee said...

I love this photo. Nice going, Trish!