TheresaB wrote:alysson wrote:Theresa, beautiful hummingbird pics! Mine pale in comparison. Do you have a special camera, or do you use your phone?
Thank-you Aysson. I don't use a phone, I use my DSLR (digital single lens reflex) Nikon and a long lens. It has autofocus, but I've found when taking bird pictures, the camera tends to focus on a branch or the feeder instead of the bird, so, as I did with these pictures, I often switch to manual focus, take lots of pictures and hope a few come out in focus, well lit, and well composed. Then I crop down to really accentuate the subject. I'm also pretty experienced at it, I've set up two hummingbird feeders and have lots of flowers which they feed on, so, at least over the warm months, I get plenty of opportunities which I take advantage of.
Thanks, Theresa. I guess if I ever want to get serious about photography, I need to get a better camera and a long lens. Closeups of anything just haven't worked well.
When my husband, Tim, and I lived in Coal Creek Canyon (in the foothills west of Denver), we ended up having up to eight hummingbird feeders going at the height of the season. I have to give Tim full credit; he nurtured the community. We went through a lot of sugar water!