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September 23, 2009 > Hummingbirds are quick

Hummingbirds are quick

But the camera shutter in the right hands can be faster. Great photography comes from a combination of skills that include technical knowledge, subject matter and the uncanny ability of some photographers to be in the right place at the right time. Static - or at least slowly moving - objects present significant challenges of lighting, placement and design while animated subjects including people, animals and the like add the dimension of sometimes swift movement. Capturing this often seems impossible but trained professionals and talented amateurs can "hold" and illustrate time and motion in a myriad of ways.

While many marvel at these representations and pass on to other areas of interest, close examination reveals complex interactions between subject and observer. One of the most fascinating subjects of observation is the hummingbird which appears to hover almost motionless, yet quickly move from flower to flower in search of nectar. Its wings beat at a rate that the human eye registers as a blur, yet in the gaze of a camera, they can be instantly frozen in time. Watching these "flying jewels" can be an exercise in magic... now you see them, now you don't!

Want to know how skilled photographers such as Donald Jedlovec are able to capture these "impossible" images? Beautiful photography and how it's done will be revealed by Don at a presentation, "Hotshot Hummingbirds" on Saturday, September 26 at Coyote Hills Regional Park. He will talk about his latest trip to photograph hummingbirds in the Southwest and display examples of his work. Naturalist Kristina Parkison will also add information about the life and habits of Hummingbirds. Registration is required, so sign up quickly to spend a fascinating hour with these small and quick flying phantoms of the air.

Hotshot Hummingbirds
Saturday, September 26
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Coyote Hills Regional Park
8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont
(888) 327-2757, option 2, 3
(510) 795-9385

Open to age 12 and up


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