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JDLifeshots June 11, 2014
Beautiful shot!
Timbo June 13, 2014
Nice timing....
ElaineCatlingPhotography June 29, 2014
Beautifully captured
Capture-Life June 29, 2014
Goooorgeous ...! very well captured !! Congrats ! :):)
fredapaterson June 29, 2014
incredible colour
jrhalphen June 29, 2014
Lovely capture
jane_koranda June 30, 2014
Great shot... I love these little birds..
tinaburrows June 30, 2014
wklein June 08, 2016
Nice capture!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Behind The Lens

Crystal, Colorado is still a ghost town in an awesome Colorado valley, even though the folks who own the mines and the crumbling shacks have revitalized several buildings to provide pleasant lodging for a few friends during the Summer. To get to Crystal you drive I-70 and turn South at Glenwood Springs. Turn right at Carbondale, and allow the Crystal River to the town of Marble. From Marble it's 5 miles of nearly impassable 4WD road (plan for an hour or more) to Crystal. You can join a Crystal River Tours Jeep if you'd rather not drive yourself.
Late afternoon. One of the owners has placed several feeders outside her cabin, and I moved a lawn chair into the shade beside one of them as the sun was dropping behind the mountains.
The best lighting is the sun. That's what I used here - even though I had to move my chair a few times.
Canon EOS-1D X; Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, set at 200MM; f4 @ 1/640 with an underexposure of .67. ISO 640 - as it was a getting dark. No tripod, just hand-held.
We had been staying at Crystal for a week, and each day when we returned from tackling 4WD drive roads like Schofield Pass, we were enchanted by the antics of the Hummers. Seemed like they were begging to be photographed.
The photo has been copped about 50%. Too bad I was not able to fit my 300MM lens into the Jeep.
In my camera bag
Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Canon 2x tele-extender. Multiple batteries. The 300MM 2.8 if it is safe to bring it along.
Patience is a gift. However, a thin depth of field is also crucial. Plan your location so it includes an uncluttered (shaded) background. Watch the Hummers until you know their patterns and then move your lawn chair into position and set up. Back to that Patience thing again...

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