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Hummingbird by Fuchsia Hanging Basket-272



I was photographing other birds in my backyard when I spotted the hummingbird by the beautiful Fuchsia flowers and captured this shot. ...
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I was photographing other birds in my backyard when I spotted the hummingbird by the beautiful Fuchsia flowers and captured this shot.
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geertweggen PRO
 
geertweggen July 17, 2015
beautiful work
carolyns PRO
 
carolyns July 17, 2015
Wow! Great capture ... Amazing little fliers...
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins July 20, 2015
WOW this is excellent. These guys are difficult to capture at the best of times, but your camera skills really show through giving excellent clarity. Susan
ritafayeadams PRO
 
ritafayeadams July 20, 2015
beautiful!!
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rmr731 July 21, 2015
This is amazing! Magnificent capture - awesome clarity, detail and color!
ahmedfouadibraheem
 
ahmedfouadibraheem July 23, 2015
Excellent shot.
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka August 22, 2015
Excellent composition focus and lighting.
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair October 24, 2015
Beautiful!
mlandis87
 
mlandis87 October 28, 2015
Beautiful!!!!
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Ranette January 15, 2018
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Ranette
 
Ranette January 15, 2018
This is beautiful and so clear. I love the uncluttered green background which goes so well with the green of the hummingbird.
rachellerenephotography
 
rachellerenephotography June 25, 2018
So crystal clear. Green on green with beautiful purple fuchsias. Just gorgeous!
Annie_McFar
 
Annie_McFar June 27, 2018
Perfect shot, again :-)
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tracyburroughsbrown August 28, 2019
Beautiful capture

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in my backyard. This was my second year of shooting hummingbirds and not having just a blurred photo. I was shooting the hummingbird on my fence when it went to the Fuchsia hanging basket and I managed to capture this.
Time
It was taken later in the afternoon in July of 2015. The lighting is tricky by my house and in my yard due to an abundance of trees. I had spent the day going in and out of the house to check for any hummingbirds. The first year I finally got the hang of capturing hummingbirds was in 2014 and I only had one female that stayed around. In 2015, I had 2 females.
Lighting
The lighting is tricky in my yard due to an abundance of trees. I was lucky this day to have bright light but overcast so it was very even.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D610 with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens with a 1.4 teleconverter added. I had it on my tripod and I used my gimbal head which I find essential in shooting hummingbirds.
Inspiration
This was my second year of being able to capture hummingbirds that were sharp and to stop the motion of the wings. I practiced almost every day while they were in my yard. They are so fascinating and cute.
Editing
I did post-processing in Lightroom by sharpening my raw file and adjusting the white balance and exposure as needed and cropped it as well.
In my camera bag
Depending on where I am going to shoot, I carry my Nikon D7100 or D610 camera, my 2.8 70-200mm Nikon lens, my 1.4 teleconverter just in case and my 18-300mm Nikon lens or my 80-400mm lens. I also take my tripod and/or my monopod depending again on my destination. Extra batteries and SD cards are also essential.
Feedback
I can best tell everyone what worked for me. First of all being a self-taught photographer, I learned to shoot manually and to back button focus. I watched courses online, videos and read books. Then I got a really good quality tripod and a good quality Gimbal head and learned to use it. I bought plants that were recommended to me by a friend to attract the hummingbirds. Then I want outside and practiced a lot. I take a stool and set it up by my tripod and enjoy some coffee while waiting for the hummingbirds to show up. Patience is definitely needed because they are so unpredictable and fast. I remember the very first time 2 years ago when I shot a batch of photos of hummingbirds and downloaded them into my computer and saw that they were SHARP and that I had succeeded in stopping the action of the wings, I was so excited! I still love shooting them today (which I did actually.....) Photography makes me happy.

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