246545577 1 Shawn Rosinski Bnbhc20 (1)

Updated: Jun. 08, 2023

This photo was taken with a Sony A700 and a Minolta 100-400 APO lens at 1/3000 of a second at ISO 800. Many years ago we planted Honeysuckle along our fence. Over the years it has grown into a lush plant that blooms most of the summer. Many years later we converted our garage to a living room and added a bay window. By happy coincidence the bay window now overlooks the now lush honeysuckle which of course attracts hummingbirds. I had tried many times to get an acceptable photograph of the hummingbirds feeding in this plant. I learned that freezing the wings requires incredibly fast shutter speeds, but capturing hummingbirds from any distance also requires a longer lens which require a lot of light. I noticed this Ruby Throated Hummingbird checking out ourhoneysuckle on a very sunny day with the afternoon light hitting the plant perfectly. I tried many shots that day and found this one where not only were the wings stopped (mostly), but his beak was fully inserted into a blossom and I caught a catchlight in his eye.

246545577 1 Shawn  Rosinski Bnbhc20 (1)Courtesy Shawn Rosinski