Hummingbird pictures captured at hummingbird hot spots,Miller Canyon, Ash Canyon and Ramsey Canyon.
The Huachuca mountains in South East Arizona is one of the hot birding spots in the nation.
This mountain areas are a "sky island" known for a huge hummingbird migration. There are
several canyons in the Huachuca Mountains where you can find many different species of
hummingbirds but Miller Canyon,Ash Canyon and Ramsey Canyon are best known for
varieties of hummingbirds. Among them, Beatty's Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon,is boast of
the most number of hummingbirds you can find anywhere in North America. Tom Beatty Sr.
holds the record number of 14 species of hummingbird he had seen in a sigle day in the past.
Though there's no guarantee that you'll be able to see that many species in a sigle day at Beatty's
it is very possible that you'll be able to find 10 species any day.
I stayed at Beatty's Guest Ranch and at Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Ash Canyon in August,2008 and in August,2009,
I stayed at Beatty's Guest Ranch and at Ramsey Canyon Inn. These are the hummingbird photos I captured
during those periods.
I'd like to especially thank Shirlene at Ramsey Canyon Inn for giving me a total freedom to do my hummingbird
shoot within their property and I just can not thank you enough. You made me feel right at home when you granted
me such a permission. I also have to tell you that my daughter and I really enjoyed your pies! Your pies are the
best I've ever eaten. Period.
I also would like to thank Mary Jo Ballator at Ash Canyon Bed and Breakfast and Tom Beatty Sr. and his family
at Beatty's Guest Ranch,Miller Canyon,for sharing such a wonderful hummingbird viewing site. This year,2009,
is a very good year for hummingbird viewing and I certainly took advantage of it and I could capture excellent
About Hummingbird Multiple Flash Photography
I sometimes get mails from people asking about how I took these
hummingbird pictures. As you can see there are two different kinds of
hummingbird pictures here: hummingbird still photos and in-flight photos.
Taking hummingbird still photos is just a matter of picking a right location
and a good spot to shoot. Shooting hummingbirds in a place like Beatty's
Guest Ranch is like shooting a fish in a barrel. You don't have to look for them.
They are there waiting for you. Just look for a good light,a good angle and have a ton of patience.
But hummingbird flash photography is completely different.
Though some people don't like hummingbird multiple flash photography,
I do believe that hummingbird flash photography is an art in its own and it takes
a considerable time,efforts,trials and errors. I don't go into details here
about how I used my multiple flashes but I used 5 flashes and I used a SU800
to trigger all my Nikon flashes wirelessly. As I learned more about Hummingbird
flash photography,I also learned about the importance of the background.
I used both natural and my own backgrounds,mostly oil paintings.
The background is a very important part of the whole setup and it either pops
the hummingbird image or kills it.
After you went through many trials and errors,making sure all the flashes would expose
a humming bird,a flower and the background prefectly,and when you get a good shot,you will
see the reward in your image and it's a great feeling.