My Favorite Hummingbird Photo

OK, perhaps not my best photo ever of a hummingbird, but it is my favorite.

No, not this next one . . . 


. . . but it is of this bird.

The date is 08/08/08, and I walk out onto my deck with my D100 and 105mm Macro lens. This fellow is sitting on the tomato plants wire, guarding the premises from intrusion by other hummers. I snap the above photo.

Then I get a little closer, and snap another. 


Nothing. No reaction to my movement, no reaction to the shutter noise. 

I step a tad closer . . . 


. . . and a tad closer . . . 


Uh-oh . . . it looks as if it registered my presence . . . 


. . . but no; he’s just scanning for intruders. 

Emboldened, I get closer still . . . 


At this point I’m beginning to think it’s hurt . . . but no; it acts all normal like.

Understand these are not cropped. The D100 is a 6MP camera. Had I snapped this photo with my D7000, I would be able to count its eyelashes. I might be able to give it an eye exam. I might be able to read its thoughts. You get the idea.

Now, I did up the saturation a bit on these, and I adjusted the exposure. I wanted to show the colors of these beauties. But there is no cropping. The picture is as it came off the camera.

There is one more picture. There is no SmugMug gallery for this, so go ahead and click on it, and you’ll get the full resolution photo, 3000×2000 or thereabouts. Actually, you can click on any of them, and the full size will open up in a new window (if your cursor changes to a (+), it means you can zoom in even more.

But, if you don’t feel like hitting the others, you should click on this next one . . . my personal favorite in hummingbirds photos.


I took seven photos, and they are all in this post, but that last one is my favorite hummingbird photo to date.

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9 Responses to My Favorite Hummingbird Photo

  1. sandra getgood says:

    The Hummingbird Whisperer. I’ve been trying to figure out how you get so close to these hummingbirds, and why they seem so comfortable with it. And that’s all I can come up with…. you are a Hummingbird Whisperer..

    Thank you for sharing your amazing photographs. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to these fascinating little birds.


    • disperser says:

      That was the exception. The hood on the lens was almost enveloping the bird, and it never flew off; I just backed away.

      As to why, I think it has to do with my ‘rugged’ looks . . . they probably don’t recognize me as human, and think I’m some kind of tree or ugly shrub that’s gone mobile.



  2. oneowner says:

    I could see why this is your favorite. Sharpness and color are outstanding.
    I lusted after the D100 when a coworker got one as a birthday gift years ago. I was still years away from getting a DSLR. The D100 is still a fine camera today, putting out beautiful files, but at a much slower pace that current Nikons. I wonder if the older cameras will be worth more 50 years from now as collectors items.


    • disperser says:

      I’ve posted a number of D100 photos before, and I like the color rendition/algorithm of the D100. The D200, and even the D7000 don’t seem as rich (RAW mode), and surprisingly, the fewer pixel photos often present better.

      The only advantage I see from the 16MP D7000 is the ability to crop and present a small part of the photo with a fair amount of detail.

      Of course, the capability of the later cameras improves significantly in the area of low light, metering, and the like, but both the D100 and D200 are closer to a pro camera than the D7000 (buffer size, shooting rate, etc.)

      I brought out both the D100 and the D200, and I plan to do a few test shoots to remind myself of the pros and cons of each camera. I do remember being able to hold the shutter down on the D200 and get many shots off without filling the buffer (6-7 on the D7000), and the bracketing was more extensive.

      . . . and 50 years from now I probably won’t care about much . . . more accurately, my dust won’t care about much.


  3. I think she likes you! :) Amelia


  4. AnnMarie says:

    Each of these photos, especially the last photo, zoomed, are beyond magnificent for a detail buff. Why, I had never realized they have tufts of hair for lashes (at least on the bottom lid). All those tiny feathers seen so big and lovely. Thanks for a wonderful treat, a true feast for the eyes!


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