We have hummingbirds in our back yard and I can't tell you the joy they bring us. We faithfully keep the feeder filled and are rewarded with visits many times a day. As summer ends the Rufus hummers leave and the Anna's Hummingbirds take over the plum tree. Both are beautiful birds but I've not been able to get very good photos of them. Until now.
I've been learning a lot through the online digital camera course I'm taking with the Kat Eye Studio. This week we were working on depth of field achieved through a wide open lens. The photo above was taken with a shallow depth of field so that the background of the plum tree is blurred and doesn't distract from the bird.
But I discovered that my hands aren't steady enough to take a clear photo in this situation without a tripod. So off I went to buy one (on sale -- only $24), and with its help I was able to capture this little male Anna's at the feeder. Now I feel like both a birder and a real photographer!