This lone male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was the first of many that season to visit my feeders in the Great Smoky Mountains. It was an overcast day as I watched him through the window flitting back and forth from feeder to a nearby branch with great regularity. Intrigued by the regularity, I gathered up my camera gear and quietly stationed myself on the far end of the 40-ft deck with a super-telephoto lens mounted on a tripod. Bouyed by his apparent lack of concern for me, I crept ever closer to him with my rig, careful not to make a sound and also careful not to pressure him in any way.

These images are the fruits of my labor. Enjoy! [Equipment list at end]
















...Opps, time to go...BYE!


Equipment used:
Nikkor ED AF-I 300mm f2.8 D IF super-telephoto, Nikon TC 17E-II teleconverter, Nikon D700, Gitzo tripod with Wimberly Head [ISO set at 400 on f11 - body set to CH and spot metering - overcast day - no flash used]
Photography note:
At f11, a super-telephoto lens captures the scene with a very shallow depth of field. Out of focus background objects are also made much larger, which enlarges their blur. I was able to achieve pinpoint accuracy using spot metering. Most importantly, the shallow depth of field afforded me an uncluttered background to showcase my tiny subject.


Educational Links
Operation Ruby Throat
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ruby-throated Hummingbird at ARKIVE.ORG
Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Hummingbirds.net
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Migration Basics
World of Hummingbirds.com


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