My dinner sat getting cold as I held my camera to the window beside our kitchen table, waiting for the hummer to land so I could get this shot.
It was worth the wait, don't you think?
Even with 10x optical zoom, I still stretch out my arms as far out as I can to get just a tiny bit more detail in my shots.
Sometimes (like this morning for instance) I take 43 shots of a resting hummingbird in order to get four that are in focus.
The picture above: not quite in focus. That's because the camera display screen shows where the focus point resides in any zoom shot; my vision and sometimes shaky hands often do not co-operate to make tiny bird fit into the "sweet" spot perfectly.
Above: Here's how the picture looks when I get it right!
And I do want it right: I want to see each tiny jewel like feather on the bird's little bib.
What a big difference is created with just a teeny tiny shift in bird posture.
(I personally think they know that, and shift about deliberately just to toy with me.)
Here's the bird at mid-zoom.
Above: Here is what the scene looked like as I stood looking for the bird without using my camera.
(Oh, and added to the challenge: I am a nearly blind photographer; I need to bob my head to line up my eyes with the progressive tri-focal prescriptions in my glasses while trying to figure out where the bird is on the camera view screen that is being held arms length away. My arm muscles and chest muscles hurt after about an hour of this kind of fun.)
Can YOU see the bird in the picture above?
Not so easy is it, huh?
(Hummer is at the center of the bottom of the picture. Click on the picture to enlarge it, then click on it again to see the bird.)