Flying Jewels

Molly captured this beauty.

IMG_3136 molly-humming-bird-am

For those interested in such things

Camera Model: Canon EOS 40D
Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off –note flash is the only reliable way to freeze wings on these birds without motion blur                                                                                                                               Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: High-speed continuous shooting
ISO: 400
Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS USM
Focal length: 500mm
Subject distance: 5.5 m
AF mode: AI Servo AF
White balance: Auto
Picture style: Standard
Color space: sRGB
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: 3
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal

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6 thoughts on “Flying Jewels

    • Sam–
      Glad you liked the image
      Molly said to thank you

      She spent a morning shooting at our feeders. We have 4 hummers that show up on a regular basis. Two mature females, a immature male and mature male. We are trying to get the male with his throat patch shining in the light but it is proving to be a tough go.
      The mature male keeps getting ran off by the females– in fact, hummers fight all the time to secure a constant food source.
      The dogfights are something to see.

      We only have Ruby Throated Hummingbirds here. Out on the West Coast where you live, there are many more species and for folks that really get into these little guys–
      Central America is the place to be for the truly serious hummingbird photographer.
      You can Google hummingbird photography and see everything from a natural light set up like ours to multiple flash setups. Some of the setups are really complex and the results are stunning.

    • Yep– she nailed it

      Molly is a bird whisperer and I think before the summer is over she will have them feeding from her hand. They let her within arm’s length now and she gets closer every day.

    • Hi John

      Molly said thank you–looking forward to seeing you at CC

      If you are out this way– let us know and we will feed you

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