Monday, July 25, 2016

Aaargh Mosquitoes!

Yesterday morning I set out bright and early to do some hummingbird photography in our backyard. Our fuschia is blooming like crazy and I couldn't think of a better combination than fuschias and hummingbirds. The first sign of trouble became clear to me when I started setting up my first flash. Mosquitoes started swarming around me. They drove me to escape to a sunny patch in the backyard to escape them. Armed with this knowledge I put up the next three flashes by escaping after putting each one up to the sunny area to get away from them. My thought was I that once I was all set up I could hide in the photoblind and photograph away from the blood sucking little beasts. Oh how wrong I was! After climbing into the blind I made a few images before they found me. I beat a hasty retreat back into the house to look for some Skin so Soft or some mosquito repellent. Once inside I remembered that I had given it to Annika who was away on a camping trip. Oh rats! I went on a mad cupboard search enlisting Lenore to help me. Eventually I found some old spray under the sink. I sprayed some on the outside of the blind and some on my clothing and the little monsters left me in peace. I had a wonderful time photographing the hummingbirds and below is my favorite image. It is of an Anna's Hummingbird trying to scare off a Rufous Hummingbird from the fuschia blossoms. God's love and blessings upon your week, chris This image was created with a canon 7D mkII and a canon 100-400IS V! lens. Tripod used was a Manfrotto 190 XPROB woth a Bogen 3055 Heavy Duty ballhead. Camera was set to Manual mode, ISO 100, F 20.0 at 1/200th of a sec. Lighting was provided by (4) Canon 540 EZ flashes set to 1/16th power. #TeamCanon


  1. Wonderful image! I think the wee beasties will be out in force here now that we got rain. They make photography outside difficult for sure.