I was practicing focusing on the hummers again Monday morning with the speed light. The male Anna’s hummer kept moving from twig to twig. When he landed on this twig, the morning sunlight was perfect. The speed light reached that far, probably thirty-five feet—I had to dust off my fading memory of the Pythagorean theorem to calculate that figure— and the speed light added just enough extra illumination to give definition to his body feathers without overpowering or looking too flashy. But then there’s the telltale pinpoint in his eye.
Focal Length 850mm; Shutter Priority 1/160; f/5.6; ISO 400; high speed crop