- Posted August 11, 2013 by
Kansas City, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Magical Missouri Hummingbirds
At first you only catch a fleeting second or two of them and then they seem to be gone in an instant. Did you see it? You try to share the moment, but before you can alert anyone, it's gone. They are so fast and yet, at times they can almost seem to stop in flight, hover as to say, "look at me....but be very quick about it."
Their colors are vibrant and beautiful. They seem so small and delicate, yet can fly at speeds that the human eye can not follow or track.
Therefore, to truly capture the "magical moments", it was going to take some planning, patience and a steady camera. Through many iterations and settings, failures and many pictures of nothing but background, finally there were some fuzzy images. Yes, it was a hummingbird, but it looked like something out of a bad UFO sighting.
More adjustments, change lenes, finer focal points, faster shutter speeds and a remote control. After many years of professionally photographing wildlife all over the world, this was going to be one of the more interesting challenges.
Finally, I was able to achieve some modicum of perfection. These little creatures are so unique and so illusive, but can draw you in to sit and wait for their return for minutes, hours or a whole day....how can something so small draw your attention and captivate you? Trust me...they do...!!!
Please enjoy the accompanied images that are a peak into some very magical Missouri hummingbirds. These are female, male and juvenile Ruby Throated and Orange Throated Hummingbirds captured by Doug Mackenzie, President & Principal Photographer, Mackenzie Images.
Taken with a tripod mounted Canon 1DS Mark III, EF 70-200mm, 1:2.8 LS Lens, with a Vello Freewave Wireless Remote Shutter Release