As of today, I have a heightened respect for wildlife photographers. They not only tend to spend a great deal of time waiting — waiting to capture the potentially elusive pose of some member of the animal kingdom. But very often they’re patiently waiting under uncomfortable — if not extreme — conditions.
I really shouldn’t complain, then, that it took me four hours to capture a few decent shots of this hummer, which I believe to be a female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. I stood the entire time, inside an enclosed sunroom, quietly watching the feeder that this hummingbird has claimed as hers the entire summer.
After experimenting for a while, I finally settled on a 1/4000th of a second shutter speed so that I could capture fairly sharp images of the hummingbird’s rapidly beating wings.
The biggest challenge for me was focusing, because the little hummer was constantly moving, flitting up and down, forward, backward — and then she’d be gone. Gone for another 10 – 20 minutes before reappearing once more.