Monday, July 28, 2014

Hummingbirds & Arches

Calliope Hummingbird

In my yard I have planted several red autumn sage flower bushes to attract hummingbirds. The flowers appear to enjoy ample water and a flowering fertilizer especially in summer when it's so hot especially like it is here in Las Vegas. The hummers are attracted to the red of the sage and of course the nectar. I also have some feeders set up for them. They are a great little bird to practice your photography on. They move extremely fast so you need to set your shutter speed above 1/800th of a second if you expect to freeze their wings in motion. My photo is not that sharp. It can be a challenge to focus on these little guys. Center point focusing may be pretty difficult. If you own a Canon or Nikon DSLR they offer multi-point focusing which may make the task much easier. Wearing a red hat or shirt will help to attract some hummingbirds to you, it may also help not to scare them away. If you have a place where you can sit comfortably and just wait for them to come to the flowers then practice taking your shot. Keep practicing, raise up the shutter speed if need be above 1/800th. Remember the more you practice the better you will become.

Hummingbird shadow in Alabama Hills near Lone Pine

I thought this shadow looked much like a hummingbird!
Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills & Hummingbird Shadow
Now you see what caused the Hummingbird shadow. This is Mobius Arch located in Alabama Hills Recreational Area, California. There are 12 or so arches in this area and it is probably one of the best known. It's an easy hike on an unmarked trail of about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. The arch itself is about 17 feet wide by 6 feet high and is about 2.5 miles west from the stoplight in the town of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road. Make sure you bring plenty of water to drink and sunscreen to protect your skin, oh yeah and don't forget your camera!


Mobius Arch with Mt. Whitney visible through the arch