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Hanging In Mid Air

I photographed this beautiful male Anna's Hummingbird at my sister's sugar dispensary where she distributes huge quantities of liquid sugar in the hummingbird feeders that attract vast swarms of these tiny terrors. The beating of tiny wings keeps the air moving, even on a hot day with no wind. A "disturbance in the force" I think it's called. If you press "L" on your keyboard or click on the picture, you can view the bird larger than life size. They're about the size of a ping pong ball and weight as much as a nickel.


I used three strobes on light stands to photograph the birds today. I put one on either side of the feeder and one underneath pointed up to light the birds from below. It was an overcast day which meant I could turn down the power on the strobes as I wasn't competing against a bright sunlit background. Each strobe was at 1/16 power. The advantage of using lower power on the strobes when photographing these birds, is that you get a shorter flash duration which helps freeze the wings. I used a YN560-III, a YN560 and a Strobie 130. All strobes, in manual mode, were triggered by a Yongnuo RF-603N.


I've taken quite a few pictures of hummers over the years and put them an album creatively called Hummingbirds.



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Taken on April 22, 2015