A hummingbird is taking a shower in a fountain in California.
Photographing hummingbirds is quite a challenge due to their flight speed and healthy attitude. Therefore, people at art shows often ask me how I managed to capture the birds in my hummingbird shower series. The answer is patience! A couple summers ago, I noticed how one bird came to my backyard fountain once or twice a day to take a shower. I watched this activity for some days and then decided to try and capture it. It took about 6 weeks of trial and error to get this moment when the bird was there at a time of the day when the light was right and both the equipment and photographer were ready. I decided not to use a flash but try it with natural light and a speed high enough...
Photography has played an important role in my life almost as long as I can remember. One of my earliest childhood memories shows a row of black-and-white pictures hanging from a clothesline in my father’s darkroom. Not long thereafter, I was given my own first camera and thus began my life behind the lens.
For a while, I took the kinds of pictures every child would have taken: the cat, little birds, hardly visible on the print. But one day, the way I approached picture-taking changed forever. My grandmother was a wonderful woman – knowledgeable, strong, warm, full of humor and optimism … and confined to a wheelchair. That day she took me aside and said: “I want you to go and be my eyes out there. See the world for me, take pictures,...
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