HummingbirdHangout

Spreading the beauty and magic of hummingbirds.

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Kathleen Elam

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About HummingbirdHangout

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On Etsy since 2015

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About HummingbirdHangout And How It All Began

I have faithfully fed hummingbirds for the past two decades and have been fortunate enough to live where I can attract over fifty birds at one time. I started photographing the hummingbirds visiting the feeders on my balcony but the learning curve was steep to be able to “freeze” their wings. I began by photographing them in mid-air. But as time passed I would buy backdrops and flowers and found a way to capture the hummingbirds as they visited each bloom in the course of their day. Photographing the birds with the flower creates a special synergy.

A lot of extra equipment is required to get the shots I capture. A backdrop is always a must. I have at least four remote flashes and another flash on my camera. The flash equipment is programmable as to the length of the flash. Controlling the light is the only way to “stop” the hummingbird wings in mid-air. I also have to be able to get really close to them, which requires familiarity and trust. It also helps to put sugar water in the flowers to attract the birds and get them to “pose” longer.

After the photographs are taken, I bring them into Photoshop for cropping, clarity, and sharpening. Most photographs do not require much work, but there are some that require quite a bit of time. I find creating and improving photographs in Photoshop is an art in itself. My photographs are always as they were shot...I don't add backdrops after the fact and usually, the only changes are ones to remove distractions from the photograph.

I hope you enjoy your visit to HummingbirdHangout to witness the beauty of these flying jewels.

Shop members

  • Kathleen Elam

    Owner, Photographer

    Lover of life and animals and believer in all things magical.

Production partners

  • Bayphoto.com

    Scotts Valley, CA

    Bay Photo Lab has a long history of innovative photographic printing and photo finishing services. They have been providing Professional Photographers with the highest quality printing and customer service for over 40 years.

  • Nevada Art Printers

    Las Vegas, NV

    Nevada Art Printers are considered one of the most high-quality art printers in the country. They are used to print the acrylic prints.

  • Printed Mint

    Phoenix, AZ

    Printed Mint is a specialty wholesale print + fulfillment company that specializes in one-off printing and branded drop-ship solutions. They are the only printer who can print my artwork in their true colors.

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Last updated on Feb 19, 2021

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