Last year, I took some hummingbird photos that are close to what I would like to get of a hummingbird in flight. These are some of my favorite photos, to date! I am unsure if I will be able to achieve photos quite like these, again.
However, there is always room for improvement and different lighting that allows for different settings. I am still attempting a similar shot of the hummingbirds in flight with a little bit more depth of field and a little bit more of the wing tips frozen in motion. This requires enough light and balancing the exposure triangle [aperture, shutter speed, and iso] for the desired result.
My first attempt at the refined settings was this morning. I am using the same camera body, tripod, lens and lens hood as last year. I also made the discovery that red really is the key to capturing a hummingbird! This is the reason for the red t-shirt draped over the camera equipment. I am sure, as the season progresses, that the hummingbirds will become more comfortable to the clunky camera equipment draped with red, and myself standing behind with an eager shutter finger!
This really is a behind-the-scenes look at how I setup to take the hummingbird-in-flight photos!