Hummingbird at the Feeder


Anyone who has ever tried to take photographs of hummingbirds, knows how difficult it is.  Two weeks ago, while visiting a friend’s cottage, I came prepared this year to get a picture at their hummingbird feeder. Armed with my tripod, macro lens and a remote for my shutter, I set my Canon up on the little deck and removed myself to the patio below. It wasn’t too long before a female came to the feeder.

Here are my two best shots of the hummingbird and a few of Buckshot Lake about 20 kms from Northbrook. We also took a side trip to the lovely town of Perth. I’ll feature some photos from there on my next post.

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About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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4 Responses to Hummingbird at the Feeder

  1. You have gotten some really great photos. Will you share any of your secrets? I sat outside under a red towel for an hour or more yet to get a blur. It’s very apparent that your are the pro and I am a want a be. Good luck with all of your photos. Thanks for sharing.

    • This photo was my best so far as I normally “focus” on subjects that are still. I probably took about 20 shots at 2 different times of the same day. I turned off the automatic shut-off on the camera and put the setting on self-timer/remote control.
      The camera was on a tripod and I was able to click the remote every time the bird came to the feeder. I used the telephoto lens to get a close-up. This way I eliminated any blur other than from the bird’s little wings. Then I chose the best picture and cropped the hummingbird out. I take thousands of photos and choose the best. It’s so much easier with digital cameras.
      I appreciate your positive comments and that you took the time to respond. Jane

  2. You have been busy! What great photos! I look forward to seeing more of your work. We all enjoy and look forward to getting your personal cards at Christmas, birthdays and special events; they are beautiful….Dianna Mandzuk

    • Dianna,
      Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. With all the business of the holiday season, I somehow lost track of it. Glad you like the cards and hope you liked your framed photo tray that I brought as a little Christmas gift. All the best to yuou and your family in 2011!

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