Sitting here on a cold, drizzly, fall afternoon has given me time and reason to look through some of my photos and post a couple I have yet to post. I came across a couple of rufous hummingbird photographs I believe I have yet to put online.
Photographing hummingbirds is hard enough, let alone getting them on a flower. I have always said if you want to learn how to photograph just about anything outdoors with natural light learn how to photograph hummingbirds on wildflowers. It is a skill I am still finding myself practicing on each summer but it has helped me is many ways to understand light, composition, watching the background and how to efficiently work and understand the camera.
Now, before I go any further let me state these photos are far from perfect but ones I do like a lot because of the colors and how clean the background is. The first one, well, both photos actually, needed a bit more shutter speed to completely stop the wing beats and the second photograph has an annoying shadow on the hummingbirds face but overall still not too bad of an effort despite the obvious flaws in each shot.
With fall here and colder, wetter weather setting in my hummingbirds have left for the year so soon my attention will turn to other birds and winter-like subjects to photograph. No matter what time of year it is there is always something outside to photograph so go grab your camera and photograph something you love. For me it’s birds and the natural world around us and tomorrow I might just do that, grab my camera and go photograph something.