Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird by John Absher

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Male ruby throated hummingbird suspended in flight.

Taken with a Canon 7D DSLR and 100-400mm Lens in Lemont, Illinois (USA).


bird, hummingbird, hummer, ruby throated


  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryalmost 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness, John. This is absolutely SUPERB! I think this is the best hummingbird photo I’ve ever seen. You win top honors; go to the head of the class and collect the gold medal!

  • Thanks Bonnie. If you would have seen the original file ??? I shot in Raw+jpg with flash at a high shutter speed and low 100 ISO. The flash failed to fire and the original shot was headed to the trash, but since I barely see a tinge of the red at the base of the neck I decided to go ahead and process the raw and see what I could recover. I’d say this shot is an excellent testament to the claims of benefit of raw to recovering detail in either highlights or shadows. I have been able to do that (to an extent) with many photos, but never to the degree I was able to do with this one. Suffice it to say, I was amazed with the resulting image. I’ll send you an email with the before and after … you will be amazed, I’m sure.

    – John Absher

  • labaker
    labakeralmost 2 years ago


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture…very colorful indeed John

  • autumngirl
    autumngirlalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous! I’ve been taking a lot of photos of these beautiful birds myself, since we’ve got them hanging out in our backyard at our feeders! They happily sit on the fence or feeder for me, though, so I don’t have to work so hard at getting their pictures! :)

  • CBoyle
    CBoylealmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture John well done! So Beautiful :)

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 2 years ago

    Awesome capture of this stunning little Hummer John.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago

    5 August 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 2 years ago

  • Prasad
    Prasadalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot

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