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We have a lot of hummingbirds in our back yard and I have been taking a lot of photos of them. This was one of my first times using a flash. I have to reduce t...
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We have a lot of hummingbirds in our back yard and I have been taking a lot of photos of them. This was one of my first times using a flash. I have to reduce the duration of the flash next time.
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katydid1 PRO+
 
katydid1 August 04, 2017
This is a stunning capture! All that practice is paying off!
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Mikelsr August 04, 2017
Thank you very much!
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cindybucholz August 14, 2017
Outstanding hummingbird capture!!!
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Mikelsr October 16, 2017
Thanks! I can’t wait until next summer when they come back.
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Arzhtatiana October 21, 2017
Awesome capture!
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Mikelsr October 21, 2017
Thank you!
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Chellehug January 27, 2018
WOW!
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Mikelsr March 04, 2018
Thank you.
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Mikelsr June 20, 2018
Thank you all for the kind comments.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in our backyard in San Antonio, TX. I've always loved hummingbirds and a few years ago I decided to put out some feeders. Then it was wait, wait, and wait. But if you put them out, they will come. We now have 5-6 hummers that visit us throughout the summer. My wife and I will sit outside (in the 90-100+ degree heat) and just watch them.
Time
This was late in the evening, around 7:30 PM on June 2, 2017. It was still light out but it was going away fast. I was trying my best to get some good photos of the hummers. I took a lot of photos that night and only a few were keepers.
Lighting
The sun was going down and I knew I was going to needs some help so I added a flash on the side to get the shot. I can't take credit for lighting bu this bird wanted me to take her photo, so I did.
Equipment
I only have one DSLR and that is a Canon T5i that my father bought for me a few years ago. I was using the kit telephoto lens, EF75-300, set at 1/200, f/9, 140mm, ISO 400. The flash is a Canon speedlite 430EX II and a manfrotto tripod.
Inspiration
Have you ever looked out and seen something beautiful fly by? Imagine looking out and seeing a hummingbird floating in the air looking back at you. Then slowly (for a hummingbird) turn sideways, it was as if she was telling me to take her photo. As I said in the caption of the photo, practice, practice, practice. I still am practicing take their photos. They will always be an inspiration to me.
Editing
I used Lightroom to adjust the photo and to crop the photo. To be honest, I didn't spend a lot of time on the post-processing. It has been a year now since I took the photo, I've learned a lot more about bring out the colors and I may do some more post-processing on it. This also needs, yep, practice, practice, practice.
In my camera bag
I'm a simple man and don't keep a lot in my bag. I have the T5i, three lenses,18-55mm, 75-300mm and a 50mm prime. There are some filters and cleaning supplies.
Feedback
Practice, practice, practice. Be patient, bring a good drink, take a sip, relax, and wait but be ready as you never know when they will come flying by.

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