They say patience is a virtue and patience really pays off when you have a hummingbird feeder. Photographer Brian Maffitt set up an angled mirror attached to a tripod under his hummingbird feeder and waited patiently. Using a remote shutter release he would take a burst of shots every time a bird came to feed:
Maffitt shot this in New York state using a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 100-400mm zoom lens. His settings were
- 1/4000 of a second
He made a composite using about 70 layers in Photoshop. These are ruby-throated hummingbirds and they usually arrive in New York around May. Using a unique set up and planning out the image beforehand, Maffitt was able to create this beautiful shot. Have you ever tried using a mirror to get just the right angle?
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