Hummingbirds of Ecuador
In early May of 2016, I had the good fortune to travel to Quito, Ecuador with friend Bob Karcz to photograph unique and colorful hummingbirds. Ecuador is known for over 130 species of hummingbirds. But to capture their glitter, glow and color is a huge challenge.
This challenge was met by the expertise of my friend, fellow photographer and workshop guide Matt Shetzer through the use of flash photography. Matt traveled with 14 flash units, 7 for each of 2 workstations. Each work station consisted of a natural, local flower, a special background and 7 flash units – 5 on the flower (and subsequently the hummer) and 2 on the background. When the hummer arrives at the flower all 7 flashes are triggered by the photographer with a remote release. The hummer image captured has extraordinary color, sharpness and contrast that is beyond anything that I have ever seen in natural light.
Now some may say that this is artificial and contrived. But I say the colors and beauty speak for themselves.
To see more of my spectacular images of hummingbirds click:
View a video of the Booted Racket-tail being attacked by other hummingbirds. Watch for the flash of the gorget. Watch for the defensive/aggressive tail spreading behavior when the hummer is challenged or attacked by another hummer. Part of the video clip is in slow motion.
~ by richardseeley on June 24, 2016.
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