Did you know hummingbirds are found only in the Americas? Of the 342 known species, 16 breed in the United States. Hummingbirds migrate at a time determined by genetic programming. Sedona Arizona is on the migration path as hummers fly to their winter destinations. For about two weeks in the the middle of August, they stop and rest in the yards of hummingbird-friendly Sedona residents. Hummers return to sites where they found good food supplies the year before. They eat insects and tiny spiders to supply protein and drink nectar from flowers and sugar-water feeders. And they have pool parties!
One home owner’s residence in particular is visited by over 1,000 hummingbirds a day during the migration. It’s hard to imagine that many hummingbirds. Watch this video to get a feeling of the volume, sounds and movement (in slow motion!) of hummingbirds on the property.
I was very fortunate to be able to offer two photo workshops on this private residence; the first time the home owners had allowed a photo group. The workshops sold out almost immediately. It was a hummingbird lover’s delight; as much about the experience as it was about getting great photographs. There were 10 participants in each workshop. The group photographed the hummingbirds in three lighting situations: natural light, ambient light plus flash, and no ambient light with a multi-flash set up. The itinerary provided plenty of time to capture some great images and get some Hummingbird 101 education. For those who missed it this year, sign up for the same workshop in 2018!
I was assisted by my dear friend Jackie Klieger; neither of us were taking photographs. Here are a few photographs captured before the workshops on the property and a video of the participants hand feeding the hummers during the workshop.
I am thrilled to offer this same opportunity in August 2018. If you are interested, sign up right away to guarantee your space. The workshops include:
- Before the workshop:
- An online recorded webinar prior to the workshop that covers wildlife photography composition tips, camera settings and recommended gear to prepare you. It will also include a slideshow of hummingbird photos taken showing specific camera settings. You will have access to both the recording and the webinar materials.
- Detailed handout of what to bring, the itinerary, what to expect and a quick reference sheet of camera settings for all lighting conditions
- During the workshop:
- An evening session to review camera settings and meet the property owner, where you’ll learn more about hummingbird behavior
- Share a sample of your portfolio with the group
- Group and one-on-one guidance on location to ensure you get the most out of your camera, including optimal shutter speed, aperture, ISO and exposure compensation settings
- One and a half days of photographing hummingbirds. We begin at dawn, break mid-day, then resume late afternoon until sunset. The second day we begin at dawn and end mid-morning.
- Rotation thru multi-flash stations where a flash transmitter is put into the hot shoe of your camera to trigger 4 flashes simultaneously. Over 30 background photos to choose from.
- Lots of iPhone photos and videos of you photographing and hand feeding (if you want) the hummingbirds
- After the workshop:
- Group gallery for sharing people pictures and videos
Photo Workshop Groups
Thanks to everyone who attended. The group photos were taken on the property, the red rocks are in their backyard! See photos of the participants enjoying the workshops.
Group Photo Above – Front L to R: Jackie Klieger, Elaine Belvin, Ambika Balasubramaniyan and Kathleen Reeder. Middle L to R: Haig Tchamitch, Peggy Kniffin, Dennis Holcomb and Carol Budrow. Back L to R: Albert Eddins, John Murphy, Peggy Coleman and Bill Belvin.
Group Photo Above – Front row: Kathleen Reeder. Middle L to R: Rickey Watson, Jackie Klieger, Cherie Irvine, Julie Wisner, Isabel Guerra Clark and Ian Reid. Back L to R: Denise Schmidt, Tanya Brown, Debra Sabeck, Chuck Whitehead and Travis Walter.
Join me in 2018 for Hummingbirds in Sedona!
Hummingbirds in Sedona Photo Workshop: August 17-19, 2018
Hummingbirds in Sedona Photo Workshop: August 19-21, 2018