Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Picture of the Week (POTW) #3

Picture of the week for the period 27 Jun - 3 Jul 2010. I shot this Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) using Donna's Rebel T2i and Canon EF 400 f/5.6L lens. I'm not sure why it using the wires for our satellite dish as a perch but it landed on it numerous times that afternoon.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Exposure was at f/5.6 for 1/500th second, ISO 1250.
Picking an image this week was once again a hard task. I deliberately excluded several shots of the nesting Eastern Bluebirds in a attempt to post something other than a bird but as you can see we failed at that task. After narrowing it down to two photos we started looking at them at 100% magnification and this one ended up being selected because it was much sharper than the other photo. Since we're going to put these into a book at the end of the first year we figured we'd better go with the sharper of the two pictures.


  1. Bizarre how critters will pick the strangest man-made spots to hang out. It's definitely an unusual shot, but I think it really makes it work. Having the cable and bolts gives a great sense of scale, and the viewer realizes just how tiny the humming bird is.