2010
06.04

The Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest North American Hummingbird. They breed in several locations locally. I photographed this handsome fellow at Galena Creek Park. There are several different methods used to photograph hummers. This photo was taken with a relatively simple method using a single flash combined with a Better Beamer. The Better Beamer is basically a magnifying lens that doubles flash output. To get enough shutter speed to prevent motion blur the flash must be in High-speed sync mode.

To freeze the wings generally requires a multiple flash technique using between 3 to 6 flashes.

Hummer

A larger photo of this bird can be viewed at today’s Phlog post

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