Barbara Keusch, who recently completed the online beginning photography class, sent in her photos for review at the end of her class and really surprised her instructor, Jim Harmer, with a fantastic photo of a hummingbird. Jim was so impressed with her shot that he asked her to share how she took the photo, and she was nice enough to do a little write-up so others in the class can learn from her experience.
One of my ‘goals’ this Summer has been to get a really good hummingbird photo, but they are just so quick. By the time one comes to a flower, or the hummingbird feeder and I get it in focus, it has flown out of the frame. So, I decided to wait on one to come. I positioned a chair about 10 feet or so from one of the flowers I have on our deck. Took a few practice shots of one of the flowers, to see if it was too bright, or too dark before a hummer came by. This is where “Patience” comes in. After several days of attempts, I was sitting on the chair, and a little hummingbird finally came and hovered around the flowers. I got him in my viewfinder and started shooting in continuous mode. Got 4-5 other pics of him, but this one is the best.
Barbara’s Camera Settings for this Shot
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Shutter speed: 1/1250
70-300mm lens at 220mm
I’m still trying to learn how to shoot in Manual mode. There will be a lot of trial and error to find the right setting for the right shot. To tell you the truth, I don’t know if my settings should have been different, but I knew I needed a fast shutter speed to capture the fast moving bird. I took this photo about 11:00 in the morning, so I was surprised that it looks like a “night shot” with the black background.
Photography is such a fun hobby (obsession). What you think you might get in a photo can turn out to be something totally (amazing sometimes) different. Too many photo ops….not enough time!!”