FOTD – May 9, 2022: Rufous Visiting Purple Salvia

Hummingbirds are really enjoying the spring blooms, including this male Rufous hummingbird in San Diego; sharing for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) and Dawn Miller’s Spring Festival 2022. Hummingbirds’ wings beat at anywhere from seventy-five to two hundred times per second, which is why they usually look blurry at higher shutter speeds. I am still trying to practice my shutter speed manually, but there wasn’t enough cloud cover to lower the speed too much. The first photo had a shutter speed of 1/200. I tried to capture him at 1/20 and 1/30, but it was too bright outside.

Male Rufous hummingbird visits purple salvia flowers at San Diego Zoo, California; captured with 300mm DSLR lens, 1/300 shutter speed.

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

12 thoughts on “FOTD – May 9, 2022: Rufous Visiting Purple Salvia

    1. Thank you! 😊 I tried 1/2000 and it was too bright. The hummingbird was so bright white at that speed, so I went the other direction and slowed it down. Maybe it has to be overcast at the higher shutter speed?


      1. put it on “Manual” first of all, then put the shutter speed up to 1/5000. Adjust your aperture, you’ll probably have to open it right up? If that isn’t enough, bump your ISO up one notch.

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