The kids are back in school....the days are getting shorter. Can you feel it? It's kinda sad knowing we are already on the brink of fall. With Indian Summer imminent in CO, the days are warm (instead of sweltering hot) and the nights are cool. Sleeping with the windows open, breathing in that fresh air is one of the many benefits of fall, so let's embrace the season. Soon the little hummingbirds will begin their journey, returning to warmer climes, so I'm enjoying their company now.
Photographing these little guys can be rather challenging. Unlike most wild animals, these little birds are not afraid of the camera. In fact, they seem to enjoy one's company, so stealth is not needed. What is required, however, is patience! The hummers flit around so fast that one must try and try again for an acceptable, in-focus photo. I'm no expert by any means, but the following settings worked for me. First, make sure your camera speed is at least 1600 or faster. Titrate your ISO and f/stop accordingly. I used auto-ISO with f stop of f/2.8 to f/4.5. A fairly low aperture is quite nice as it will produce lovely bokeh around your subject. For metering, both spot and matrix worked as did AF-S and AF-C focus modes. Trial and error using a combination of the above metering and focusing modes should work. I hope this helps you shutter junkies out there. Feel free to comment if you have any tips or tricks you would like to share. Thanks for stopping by!