Sunday, August 10, 2008

A tough Capture!!

I've tried many times to capture a hummingbird in flight, especially attempting to get a shot of their speedy little wings! Well, I was finally successful getting that elusive shot while on vacation at Elkins Resort, which is located on Priest Lake in Northern Idaho.

For those that are interested - I took this shot with my Canon Rebel XT using my 75-300mm zoom lens. The ISO was set at 1600, F16 @ 1/2000 of a second. I was four feet away from a feeder.

Hummingbirds hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 15–80 times per second (depending on the species). They can fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.

Make sure you click on the images for a closer look...the detail is amazing!


magicmyst said...

Hi David, thanks for your comments on my blog. I am just getting the hang of this blog thing. I went to your website. I love your pastels. They are gorgeous. My favourites are the market place and the the waterways in venice. You are extremely talented.

David Patterson said...

Thank you Kay!

José said...

Hi David,

Impressive photos with sublime beauty.
If I'm not making some confusion, that bird is called beija-flôr or colibri here in Portugal; beija-flôr is more used in Brazil.
That's the bird that feeds itself from nectar, right ?

Have a nice weekend,


Vic said...

Wow! Really tough capture. Very nice!

Laurie said...

Stunning shot! Thank you David, for capturing the beauty and sharing this delicate little bird.

Casey Klahn said...

Beautiful images. You won't believe this, but I one time caught a hummingbird in my hand!

Then, after showing my wife, I let the falla go.