Female Broad Tailed Hummingbird Feeding at a Flower

My latest hummingbird picture and the only one so far captured feeding at a flower.

Female Broad Tailed Hummingbird Feeding at a Flower

Female Broad Tailed Hummingbird Feeding at a Flower

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One of my better captures of the wings, but the flower was still in the shade so I had to push the exposure in Photoshop. Unfortunately, that made the hummer pretty noisy so I had to lean on the noise reduction pretty hard in Photoshop (despeckle, noise reduction, dust and scratches).

Shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70-200L f2.8 II at 200mm, 1/8000 second, ISO 3200, F/9. That combo works pretty well. If the hummer is in full sunlight as I don’t have to goose the exposure so the noise is tolerable at ISO 3200 with moderate noise reduction. If I put the camera a little further back than the minimum focus distance, F/9 gives me just enough depth of field as long as the hummer comes straight in to the flower.

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