Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hovering

1/800 sec. f/6.3 ISO 2000

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Today's Tip:
If your shooting style involves a lot of walking and moving around, a monopod may be a better choice than a tripod for supporting your long lenses. A monopod is easier to carry and more maneuverable and will provide tripod-like stability when used properly. A ball head is a good choice for use on monopods. Just be sure to get one rated to hold the weight of your heaviest camera/lens combo.

35 comments:

Gregory Urbano said...

Great capture, nice detail and color!

Audrey said...

Superbe !

Joop Zand said...

FANTASTIC shot...i have no other words for this lovely one.

Greetings, Joop

Nicki said...

Great shot and good suggestion.

Terri said...

Beautiful shot and that is a great idea. I can't hold still for nothing and the longer I have to aim and focus, the shakier I get!

Carole M. said...

I LOVE it!

Tanya Breese said...

super!

Andee said...

What a great shot and thanks for the tip!

TexWisGirl said...

great shot! love the dark background.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful! I'd like to know how you captured this hummer on a black or dark background. It makes the bird really stand out.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful capture.

Nette Cecilia said...

Thats a mastershot ,Nette

Ida said...

How pretty! Love the Emerald Green color on this one.

Gary Phillips said...

Nice shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, canada.

Leenie said...

Wow. Impossible shot done with elegance!

Jan n Jer said...

Stunning of this fun little creature! Great tip too...will have to look for a monopod.

mick said...

Perfect photo capture!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous shot of the hummer, Brian! Thanks for the tip, have a happy day!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful Hummingbird...they are such sweet birds~

barbara l. hale said...

Gorgeous pic of the hummer. I have been thinking about a monopod...one of these days, I will get around to getting one. Seems like a handy device.

Faye said...

A little jeweled helicopter! Just perfection against the black background.

Thanks for the monopod advice--some kind of "steadier" has been on my list for a long time. Only have a little 6 in tripod. Another equipment question, Brian: I need some better binoculars for bird spotting. Do you prefer mono or bino?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sheer perfection!

Neil said...

Beautiful photo.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shot! Hummers are amazing little birds.

Stewart M said...

Wonderful shot!

The tip about monopods is a good one - they are worth their weight in gold!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M

Tracey9AD said...

Great capture, Brian! I've tried shooting these busy stinkers on several occasions and it is not easy to get them "just so" with their wings all the way back and looking gorgeous!

Roan said...

Magnificent!

Debbie said...

the only way i am going to get a picture like this, is if YOU hold the camera!!

awesome brian, you my friend, have the great details!!

grammie g said...

Hi Brian... He is a beauty, very nice shooting!!
I posted the hummingbird to, but mine doesn't have much technique to it!
I just shoot from the hip!! ; }

Grace

Andrea said...

Wow, you stopped him dead in his tracks ... not even a blur on the speedy little wings. This is a beautiful picture, Brian ... can't stop admiring your work.

Andrea @ From The Sol

CabinGirl said...

Just stunning.

Wally Jones said...

Super shot, Brian! Good work on getting the bird to place himself in front of a nice backdrop! :)

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

You mean like a tobacco stick? :)

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great capture and very good to get the information about taking pictures

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

oh Brian your going to ring my neck. I

tagged your humming bird to show my son. It never worked but I am sure it will show you the tagger it is me. My son just came back with family from a camp site and he had never seen a humming bird or blue jays. Oh my. So I thought who else would have a humming bird so close up for him to see would be yours.

So I am honest.

Anyhow it did not work.