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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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 . I hope this get's a DD or some more recognition!
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 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!