Hummingbird fight 2

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A couple of more hummingbird shots fighting it out at the local community gardens near a set of feeders. They don’t like all the bees there either so I included one getting flared in the second image.

Specific Feedback


Wish I had more visible eyes in the first image but I liked the poses anyway.

Technical Details

Canon R7, 400mm f4 DO IS II, 1.4x extender III, monopod
ISO 2500, f13, 1/3200s

Processed in DXO Pure Raw 3 and Photoshop.


These images are what I dream about doing. I really like the second shot with the bee and the bird’s fully expanded wings and tail.

Oh wow, Allen, these are super good, in my opinion! Such details in them. Just excellent in every way.

Both images are cool, Allen. The action in the first is just awesome and the eyes don’t bother me a bit. I like the bee and hummer because we have the same issue though it’s usually wasps that cause more problems. Last year we had a lot of bees around because a neighbor had a hive that wasn’t being provided for very well (I don’t think it occurred to him that they need water), but he got rid of the hive before this summer so it was just bumblebees and a few native solitary species.

The action and detail in the first image makes up for the lack of eye contact. The pose in the second image seems perfect and the bee is impressively sharp. Great technique to capture these images.

Wow, Allen, both cool shots, very sharp, and each tells a story in one image. Nice job on both of them, fun to view and appreciate.

I’m late here and it’s all been said so I’ll just add my Holy Cow!! Both are wonderful!!! I hope to see more!

What everyone else said. Just fantastic.

Very nice hummingbird fight club shots! Both are very nice and the eyes are closed to protect them from getting damaged. Excellent results with the settings that you used. I like these as presented…Jim