The Sport of Hummingbird Photography by tdaug80

The Sport of Hummingbird Photography

My get-pushed partner challenged me to use a setting on my camera that I've never used before. I usually shoot in aperture priority or shutter priority. Lately, I've been setting aperture and shutter speed manually, and setting ISO to auto. I rarely use the settings with the little pictures on them. I decided to give "sport" mode a try. The autofocus about drove me nuts deciding whether to focus on the bird, or a flower or stem in the background. I'll have to admit, though, that the settings that the camera chose captured some good images.
Kathy, I started your challenge with the sport mode setting on my camera. I stood in my backyard waiting for a bird to fly by. I was hoping for the goldfinch that I often see to make an appearance, but no luck. The hummingbirds were back though.
I'll explore some of the menus to see what other settings I haven't tried before.
July 20th, 2020  
Gorgeous capture!
July 21st, 2020  
I just did an impressionalist painting. I like this type of photography and will do more. What is your first name?
July 22nd, 2020  
Wow, lovely! Well done
July 22nd, 2020  
Did the sport mode choose all the settings for this shot? It is a perfectly exposed shot ... you must have been in a shady spot.
it has given you a lovely photo with great DoF but I am surprised that it did not choose a faster shutter speed.
July 28th, 2020  
@farmreporter It was in the shade. I can't say for sure if I was using autofocus in this shot, or not. As I mentioned in the description, the autofocus was a little chaotic. Other than that, it was all the camera's doing. In the pre-programmed modes, my camera doesn't allow me to override anything.
July 28th, 2020  
August 15th, 2020  
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