Rufous Hummingbird and Crocosmia Flower

Photographing hummingbirds involves patience, precise timing and a fast lens.

Rufous and Crocosmia

If you look closely at this image, you can see the tip of the hummingbird’s tongue and tiny bits of pollen falling from the stamens of the flower.

I enjoy the way the hummer is captured within the green portion of the out of focus background, which makes the subject pop forward.

In capturing the action, a choice can be made about whether to freeze the wings with a fast shutter speed or to allow a slightly slower shutter speed to blur the wings.

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