23 Outstanding Hummingbird photos :: Digital Photo Secrets

23 Outstanding Hummingbird photos

by David Peterson 3 comments

A good hummingbird photo doesn't necessarily have to feature sharp wings, but that's what many photographers strive for. To freeze your bird's wings, you will need a set-up of at least three external flashes, each one reduced to about 1/16th power (this shortens the duration of the flash, which will in turn freeze the action). Of course, you can still get a really dynamic shot of a hummingbird without a set of flashes - the blurry wings create a sense of speed and motion that is perhaps a truer representation of how these tiny birds look in person.

[ Top image (#60) The Smallest Bird by Flickr user tinyfishy (Gone To Florida)]

  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
  • 400
  • f/6.3
  • 0.001 sec (1/2000)
  • 250 mm

Beija-flor Tesoura (Eupetomena macroura) - Swallow-tailed Hummingbid 2 592 - 2 by Flickr user Flávio Cruvinel Brandão

  • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
  • 100
  • f/11.0
  • 0.004 sec (1/250)
  • 300 mm

Hummingbird and high speed flash photography by Flickr user www.digitaldirect.ca

    BEIJA-FLOR-DOURADO (Hylocharis chrysura) by Flickr user Dario Sanches

    • Canon EOS 40D
    • 800
    • f/10.0
    • 0.001 sec (1/800)
    • 400 mm

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) by Flickr user rwolfert

    Colibri by Flickr user Alfredo11

    Turboprop by Flickr user risquillo

      Hummer-Pair by Flickr user kirwinj

      • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
      • 160
      • f/18.0
      • 0.005 sec (1/200)
      • 420 mm

      Hummingbird, the magificient by Flickr user www.digitaldirect.ca

      • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
      • 200
      • f/20.0
      • 0.004 sec (1/250)
      • 420 mm

      Hummingbird madness by Flickr user www.digitaldirect.ca

      • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
      • 500
      • f/5.6
      • 0.001 sec (1/1600)
      • 400 mm

      Hummer # 28 by Flickr user Tongho58

      Dancing by Flickr user Alfredo11

      De pechito..... by Flickr user risquillo

      Dinner Time by Flickr user Alfredo11

      Scintillant Hummingbird Female by Flickr user Kojo_46

      The edge of darkness by Flickr user Tennessee_Gator

      • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
      • 250
      • f/18.0
      • 0.004 sec (1/250)
      • 300 mm

      Flying backwards - Voler à reculons by Flickr user www.digitaldirect.ca

      Appetizer II by Flickr user Alfredo11

      Momentum by Flickr user Alfredo11

      • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
      • 160
      • f/11.0
      • 0.004 sec (1/250)
      • 300 mm

      It's a female ! - C'est une femelle ! by Flickr user www.digitaldirect.ca

      • Canon EOS 7D
      • 3200
      • f/5.6
      • 0.001 sec (1/1000)
      • 400 mm

      Annas Hummingbird (Calypte anna) by Flickr user juvethski

        best hummingbird feeders Albuquerque by Flickr user Best-Hummingbird-Feeders

        ¨Hummingbird¨ by Flickr user Alfredo11

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        1. Tongho58 says:

          I don't think the flash will kill or harm the hummingbird since the flash duration is so short - there's hardly any heat.
          Having said that, I dislike the effect the flash has on hummingbirds and never use it. They look like taxidermy specimens lit up and frozen like that.


        2. Cheryl Thielhorn says:

          Love the hummingbird photos. I attended a presentation at the Nevada Camera Club in Las Vegas by professional bird photographer Scott Bourne. Scott talked about photographing hummingbirds and showed his numerous bird photos. He cautioned everyone to never use a flash on hummingbirds because the heat causes them stress and can even kill them! Please don't use a flash or other bright lights when taking photos of hummingbirds!

          • Glenn says:

            A sweet thought, but there is no scientific evidence anywhere that using a flash when photographing hummingbirds harms or stresses them in any way. In my own experience I can see the flash startles them at first, but they soon ignore it and feed like crazy. If there are any stressors around, its more likely to come from other males as they fight to get to the feeder.

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