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Stellula Calliope by jaelise Stellula Calliope by jaelise
A male Stellula Calliope, or "Calliope Hummingbird" is the tiniest bird in Canada, coming in around 7 cm long and only 3 grams in weight.
This is an old shot from earlier this year I found whilst browsing through my files tonight!
Used: Canon 5D MK II, 70-200 f/2.8
Thank you for looking :)
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DreamingOfSerenity Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
What a fantastic shot :D
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jaelise Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :)
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really stunning focus on the body and head of the bird whilst also showing the blurred motion of the wings.
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sweet-trouble Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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jaelise Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :heart:
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CecilyAndreuArtwork Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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jaelise Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
:heart: :tighthug:
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Hummmingbird Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. This picture is so wonderful! I love hummingbirds!
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :)
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Apeanutbutterfiend Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
gorgeous! it's so hard to capture hummingbirds.
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! Yes, it really is, hehe...it's sort of like a nice surprise to see if there's a hummingbird in one of the shots - and if you're lucky, it's clear! :heart:
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Apeanutbutterfiend Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
what did you do to get this shot? put your camera on a tripod and have your shutter open for awhile? I have special flowers for hummingbirds but I have been able to photograph them for years :( . They are too fast sometimes when they can't find anything in the flowers.

awesome job :clap: . I hope this get's a DD or some more recognition!
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
First of all, thank you for your kind words :)
To get this shot, I set my shutter speed to 1/500. That is fast enough to capture a hummingbird, yet keep their wings slightly motion blurred. I handheld my camera and patiently waited for the hummingbirds to swarm the feeders. It was overcast, so I set my ISO to 1000 - I prefer to capture hummingbirds in natural light rather than with a flash.
Since I was zoomed all the way in - 200mm - I set my aperture to f/8.0. The background was so far away that I wouldn't have to worry about anything else distracting in the shot. Plus, it gives me a little wiggle room while they zip back and forth - not much, but a little :)
This shot is pure luck. This hummingbird decided to zip up and away, and I was fortunate to focus on his head and snap this shot in mid-zoom. I always have my focus point set to the very middle one - in other shots, I'll focus on an animals eyes, hold down the shutter button, then compose my shot (not moving back and forth or anything) so that I can aim and click, knowing exactly where it should focus, rather than having my camera do the guesswork for me. With hummingbirds, I just aim for their head :D
It takes a lot of patience, a a bit of luck - try it out, it's very rewarding; probably because once you get a shot, you feel incredibly lucky!
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Apeanutbutterfiend Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, thanks so much for the detailed comment! Hope to use this in the future.

thanks again!!
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're welcome! :heart:
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Elephantfreak Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You sure that's not a Calliope Hummingbird?
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for letting me know - I searched for this hummingbird's identification, but somehow missed the Calliope - I'll change the title and description right away!
It's much appreciated :heart:
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Elephantfreak Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Glad I could help.
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BokehLight Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Photographer
That's perfect!!! :)
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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thestargazer23 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture!
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks - I appreciate it :heart:
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kalicobay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Awesome!
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :hug:
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MayLPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic capture!! :clap:
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jaelise Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much! :heart:
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Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/500 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
1000
Date Taken
May 18, 2012, 11:31:58 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
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