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Violet Sabrewing

Image # 1D_02616

Fogden's Butterfly Gallery, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Canon 100-400L at 220 mm

ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/250 second

Manual Metering, 550EX at -2/3

Monopod/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


We spent a fair number of hours shooting these incredibly beautiful hummingbirds. They would go to a feeder for a brief period, move away and hover for a second or two, go back to feed, repeat this cycle a few times, and then fly away. Trying to get them in focus, with acceptable composition, during these brief times with a clean background, was challenging, to say the least! But we all came away with a few nice images. I would have wanted a somewhat brighter background, but this was late in the afternoon, the clouds were fairly heavy, so this was not to be.