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Penstemons are one of the flowers loved by hummingbirds, which is exactly why they are planted in a local organic cooperative garden. The gardeners do all they can to attract birds and beneficial insects, and sometimes the photographer is the beneficiary, as in this case. I spent quite a while photographing this female Anna’s hummingbird, as she was very much at home in the garden. This is a completely natural image: no flash, handheld in late afternoon light, no compositing. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 120mm [240mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent]), 1/250 sec., f/8, ISO 400, handheld, filtered late afternoon sun)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 1 year ago

    Penstemons are one of the flowers loved by hummingbirds, which is exactly why they are planted in a local organic cooperative garden. The gardeners do all they can to attract birds and beneficial insects, and sometimes the photographer is the beneficiary, as in this case. I spent quite a while photographing this female Anna’s hummingbird, as she was very much at home in the garden. This is a completely natural image: no flash, handheld in late afternoon light, no compositing.

  • Here, for my Australian friends who have never seen a hummingbird in action, is a short video with fun facts at National Geographic.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 1 year ago

    Amazing capture, Celeste! The color, contrast and clarity are superb!

  • Thank you, Lynn! It took me lots of frames to get a few good ones, but I was very happy with those few.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    This is very lovely, fabulous capture

  • Thank you for that wonderful compliment! I definitely worked for this one. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonabout 1 year ago

    What a perfect image! I just love the beauty and grace of a hummingbird!!

  • Kristi, thanks very much! I love hummingbirds too, but they are so difficult to capture well (for me, anyway).

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • john  Lenagan
    john Lenaganabout 1 year ago

    Terrific capture Celeste – you are so fortunate to have these little guys in your back yard

  • Thank you very much, John. This is actually a local cooperative organic garden, one of many places I like to visit because I live in an apartment and have no yard.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...about 1 year ago

    Very nice, Celeste, and the wing blur just increases the grace and beauty of the hummingbird!

  • Thank you, Katherine. At first I was disappointed that none of my captures managed to freeze the wing motion, and then I realized that the blur was pretty and communicates the speed of motion.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lensbaby
    lensbabyabout 1 year ago

    Wow! Great capture Celeste!!! Love it!

  • I’m so glad you like it – thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 1 year ago

    Lovely shot! I wish that we had these birds here – but I have just been watching a wattle bird wrestling with a grevillea flower in my garden and dipping its beak into the bloom just as this bird does!

  • I don’t know about your wattle birds (nectar sippers, I assume), but our hummingbirds are difficult to photograph because they move SO fast! Their wings make a buzzing sound, and they really are quite wonderful little creatures.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacockabout 1 year ago

    Awesome shot – I used to shoot Hummingbirds all of the time – they are so beautiful!! :))

  • Thank you, Polly. They are delightful little birds but difficult to photograph well.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakabout 1 year ago

    What a wonderful capture of this lovely bird – I love the motion in the wings and the great selective focus and DoF. Your efforts were definitely well rewarded!

  • Thanks very much, Anita. She was actually rather cooperative as hummingbirds go, as she was OK with my being in her area.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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