Winner, Shoot the Wild Award and Universe of Colour Award.
I took this photo on March 29, 2016. It was the afternoon and the lighting was not great. What was great was that there were hummingbirds all over the feeders all the time. There were also bees. Not great for the hummingbirds but definitely great for photographers. I had no idea that I got this shot until it was in the computer. I was using my old Canon 7D MK1 camera with the 100 to 400 L MK II lens. When shooting hummingbirds especially more than one at a time, handheld, you are basically shooting as fast as you can trying to hold everything steady and using spot focus try to find the eye. In these situations, I find I'm constantly changing my manual settings to adjust for the changing light and other factors. Many times you find yourself to shooting as fast as possible and hoping you get something. These birds are fast and you never know which direction they're going to head. I took 5000 pictures that day and when I went through them in Lightroom I saw this one but in raw form, it looked like it might not turn out in editing. It did back then but I was never completely satisfied with it. Just recently with AI softwar, I was able to get rid of the noise that I couldn't previously. That made all the difference.
July 10th, 2019
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