Hummingbird wings beat approx. 80 times per second, or more, perhaps
as much as 200 beats per second. To stop wing motion, one must use a
very fast shutter speed - faster than most cameras have the
capability to attain and still produce adequate exposure with standard
Instead, I used off-camera flash units, set to 1/8000 and 1/16000 second flash
duration. Here is a photo of the setup. The short duration flashes
provide all the light for the exposure. Camera iso/f-stop/shutter settings
such that frame is quite under-exposed without flash.
The flash units are triggered wirelessly from a master unit mounted on
the camera, the slave units can be seen under the flash units.
Two photos from the session:
I plan to do more photography of the hummingbirds in the next few days.
These are at the home of a friend near Curtin Oregon.