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The hummer activity is ramping up a bit lately. So there's one place that they will stop and perch so they can watch the feeders and keep others away and it was just an ugly metal plant stand. I cut some branches off our flowering trees and stuck them in there and now they have a pretty place to perch.

 

makes for nicer photos :-))

Female hummer in the pink bee balm. I like the long tracer lines behind her. The male almost never comes around.......strange.

Happy Day....week.....Life all you wonderful creative and supportive friends....Your the best! Hugs ...... Group Hug ya'll!

My first Explored, Way cool!

Yes! Another Hummingbird in the garden! This is the Mama to the babies in the nest who fledged a couple of days ago. I dont know the name of the flower but I think it is a Costas Female Hummingbird. The Costas Male lives in our front yard and only ventures to the back for the feeders.

No sun = very little shine.

In the sun he is blazing orange.

 

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So hard to catch these little guys, it was near the end of the day and the light was fading, so had to do a LOT of sliding on this one! HSS!

Los Angeles County Arboretum:

 

Allen's Hummingbird, Female

Los Angeles County Arboretum:

 

Anna's Hummingbird

 

All images and textures are my own.

 

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Yesterday was my first attempt at photographing hummingbirds. I have a lot of admiration for photographers that get those great images, like my friend Sue Gary (SusanGary*GloriousNature*) who takes phenomenal shots. These little birds are so, so fast! I don't know what kind of hummer this is. Maybe someone can ID it for me. I live in the western mountains of North Carolina.

 

When I first starting to photograph this little guy, he'd fly away as soon as he heard my camera "click". But as the minutes passed, he got braver and braver. Finally he flew between the feeder and me... within 18 inches of my face and hovered there. We looked at each other eye to eye. I should have been snapping pictures, but instead I stood there in awe. What a thrilling moment for me!

 

I can't wait to get back out on my front porch again this morning and get more shots. I might increase the speed on my camera so I won't get as much wing blur... but I kind of like it in this shot with the backlighting. He looks like an angel.

This is my third try at one of these little things. This one I actually like.

 

Later note. When I was working at the computer today I looked out the window and saw one working the cedar tree outside. I will try and get a shot there to add.

This is a montage made up from seven different photos taken on motordrive with my Cannon EOS D60. I then put them into Photoshop CS 6, cut out six pictures of the same bird and added it to the other (home base) photo.

What can I say? There's just something about hummingbirds. I made a little hummingbird movie of a hummer I call Twitchy...check it out if you have a couple of minutes to spare. It isn't perfect, but I'm just figuring things out on the new camera. Enjoy your weekend!

 

Lots more hummingbird photos here.

Have enjoyed the hummers at our feeder outside our kitchen table window this spring/summer. I poured the background and used some negative painting around leaves. Hummer has interference silver paint mixed with green.

  

A spring image from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Taking this image was a stretch for me as I took this with my left eye when I temporarily lost the vision in my right eye due to iritis. It was a challenge training my left eye while using the manual focus setting on my camera. It's good to be challenged and stretch our wings sometimes (:

My favourite shot. The number 203 is the amount of shots I took before I got this one.

taken just a little while ago

 

he was moving so fast, his wing and tail are blurred

One of the busy feeders at the Sipe Wildlife Area near Eagar. The hummers stop here on their migration path.

Best when viewed large

My tribute to hummingbirds everywhere. ONE DAY I WILL get a really good photo of my own! Thank you my dear angel (anon friend) for the loan of your hummers!

  

Seals and Crofts sing Hummingbird on YOUTUBE: @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-QQ9ETFuM4&feature=related

This little broad-billed hummer was at the butterfly exhibit at The Living Desert in Palm Desert. The fractalized treatment actually represents for me the last of my June exercise to swap out my computer and install all my Adobe plug-ins. If I never mentioned it - bringing back Lightroom and Photoshop CC to the new computer was a piece of cake with my Adobe subscription. Finding all my plug-ins and reinstalling them was a little more challenging, although the migration to the new box was planned on my part and I did a lot of up-front preparation and documenting.

This shot was a surprize. After trying a number of times and getting a number of shot most of which were not acceptable because the sun is coming in from the left and the right was usually darker than I wanted. a couple shots had a portion of it's neck radient. This one was interesting to me because I had never seen the neck red without it being reflective.

Little Fluff Ball.

Nikon D300, Sigma 70-300.

 

This was taken in the evening as the sun sets, thus the yellow tinge. It's also the original for the painted hummer.

This one was done using 1500watt work lights that I purchased today to try out as cheapo studio lights. I think they do ok for 70 bucks. Plus they also make great work lights in the shop. :)

 

Canon Eos 300d

Sigma 150mm Macro Lens

f 3.5

Iso 400

1/250 sec

no flash

 

I did a little PS work getting rid of the feeder, I thought it detracted from an otherwise good pic. Just wanted to be honest and tell you up front as most of my hummer pics are not altered.

New Mexico - May 2010

Spent the good part of the day at The Phoenix Zoo with Flickrville buds, Lynne and Nicki. We had a blast!! :-)

 

I'll be around to check on all your streams shortly. :-)

Photo of the Week..."DEFENDER'S Nature macro and close up" Group

Tiny copycat. See Lou Orr's photostream.

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