Daily Travel Photo: Calm Hummingbird


Calm Hummingbird

Daily Travel Photo: Calm Hummingbird


The Set Up

Hummingbirds are famous for being some of the most difficult birds to photograph.  They aren’t big fans of standing still, and when they move they generally do so frenetically.  In Filadelfia, Paraguay, which I’ll be writing about more later on, I came a cross a tree where I followed this humming bird for about 10minutes before it finally rewarded me with a calm pose for the camera.

The Shot

To shoot birds you’re likely going to want to use a long lens.  I used my 70-200mm lens for this shot and took the picture at 200mm.  If you’re really into bird photography you’ll want to look at buy a lens that reaches somewhere around 300mm or more if you can.  However, don’t sacrifice lens zoom for quality, to get a really strong bird image you’ll want a lens that can shoot as fast as somewhere between 2.8 and 4 f, otherwise it will simply be too slow.

What did I miss?

Monday I posted a time elapse photography video from an evening in Buenos Aires.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. I love hummingbirds. There was an amazing documentary on them recently on PBS. If you get a chance when you are not traveling try and find it. Great shot.

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  2. Stalking a hummingbird – now that takes some persistance! Nice shot.

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