Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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© Andrea Petersen
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The Lord will perfect that which concerned me: thy mercy, O Lord endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands...Psalm 139: 8

A hummingbird
Has celestial wings
This celebrity is heard
In the music it sings.
Poetry by me, AJP

I was happy to get the wing and the beak in focus..but it is just a tad bit dark and grainy..The last time I used flash... the drawback with flash is that my camera lags in dim lighting and won't let me use over 1/200 shutter speed in conjunction with a flash in the manual setting. .With the fast movement of the hummingbird's wings I had a difficult time getting the flash to go off at the right moment... .... I experimented on this shot without the flash and instead used a faster shutter speed and ISO to capture the movement of the wings..Not perfect yet but eventually hope to get it right....Possibly it would have brightened up some, if I had opened my aperture just a little more....That's how we learn through trial and error. For the most part I am happy with this shot...

Focal Length 185 mm...macro

F-Number F/7.1

Exposure time 1/400 sec.

ISO speed ISO 800

Exposure Program Manual

5:15 PM


Thank you so much Donald Garrett for the spotlight...I appreciate it!

Oh my goodness after all of these years I discovered a big mistake...This is a male ruby- throated
hummingbird and not a female that I originally said it was...I corrected my mistake on Sept. 11, 2015.

19 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2012):

    Andrea, she is wonderful !!!!!!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (25 May 2012):

    Uh... you nailed it, Andrea!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (25 May 2012):

    oh, yeah!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (25 May 2012):

    I think this capture is right on, Andrea : )

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (25 May 2012):

    Thank you for your comments and a special thanks to Donald for the spotlight. Hummingbirds are really fun to shoot pictures of even if they present a bit of a challenge..The saving grace about digital cameras is that we can delete the duds (I have plenty of them) that don't turn out and it is a learning process.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (25 May 2012):

    Oh she`s a beauty.. a very lovely capture, Andrea! I was hoping we would see the ruby-throated hummers here this year, too, but we`ve certainly enjoyed the rufous hummers..

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 May 2012):

    Awesome timing on this!!! Awesome shot!!! All camera's have a sync speed for flash. Mine is 1/250th second. You adjust the background light with your aperture.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2012):

    Fabulous capture on this sweet female hummingbird, Andrea!! You did a superb job with your settings and timing. Bravo!!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (26 May 2012):


  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2012):

    The compostion, light and capture of movement is the definition of excellence

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (26 May 2012):

    Great timing!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (26 May 2012):

    A beautiful balance of s matter and colours---a very unique capture--excellent DOF and detail--dramatic light excellent

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2012):

    Awesome capture. I have got to try to photograph these guys again this summer. I have never managed to get a really good shot of one.

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (26 May 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 May 2012):

    She's definitely a shining star!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 May 2012):

    Simply Smashing entry into JPG's Theme Park,

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (28 May 2012):


  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (28 May 2012):

    Perfect shot! Excellent entry for the theme!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (2 Jun 2012):

    Great catch

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