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Ruby-throated hummingbird in Stokes State Forest, Montague, NJ

Ruby-throated hummingbird in Stokes State Forest, Montague, NJ

A ruby-throated hummingbird can flap its wings at about 53 beats per second, which makes photographing them a bit of a challenge, even at very high shutter speeds.  What I’ve found is, if I back off a little, I get much better results.

Both photos, above, are full frame and shot at 1/2000th of a second.  The first one is a little soft overall and suffers from a lack of depth field, but you can see how much more motion there is in the wings.