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 a professional proofreader (ProofreadingatDawn.com) and write a photography blog (PeacefulatDawn.com). In my free time, I love taking photos, admiring beautiful moments in nature, and I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening 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?

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      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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