How to Photograph a Hummingbird

The hummingbird, when viewed as a symbol, has the meanings of a lightness of being and enjoyment of life.


There’s a reason they’re called humming birds. As a hummingbird approaches, there’s a distinct bass hum in the air; an unmistakable sound. When you hear this sound you better have your camera ready and all your settings dialed in, as the hummingbird doesn’t stay long and moves quite fast. I took this series of photos with the Canon 5D Mark III. I sped up my shutter speed to 1/8000 of a second so I could catch the frozen motion of the hummingbird, which is something that could only be rendered by artists in the past.

I waited for three days listening for that unmistakable sound, and the birds would come, but always when I had my guard down. I learned that the camera could not leave my hand and I had to play a much more serious waiting game. I camouflaged myself with the area and waited patiently. About two hours later, this hummingbird came for his photo shoot, and I got the images I’ve always wanted to get. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do.



- Julie

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