HummingbirdHangout is taking a short break
Sam on Apr 7, 20225 out of 5 stars
Very vibrant totally charming pillow image. Very much as pictured on the site. Time in the sun will be the test but the fabric looks tough enough for outdoor use in my warm mostly dry climate. Came well packed and pillow case went on the form easily. Would order again, love the story of how you photograph the hummers! Thank you
Lisa on Dec 27, 20215 out of 5 stars
Gifted this to my mom and she LOVED it! Even the print had a magnetic sheen to it! Beautiful print, vibrantly draws you into the photo, and at such a nice size to be framed up! Would certainly recommend to anyone who loves hummingbirds and/or flowers.
Beth on Oct 13, 20215 out of 5 stars
Absolutely beautiful! My husband and I LOVE it. The artist worked with us on getting it here when we needed it and she really came thru. Two VERY happy customers!
ajtennessee on Jul 5, 20215 out of 5 stars
This cutting board is beyond description...such true and vibrant colors! I absolutely love it and it was so well packaged and came earlier than expected. If you love hummingbirds, then you can't go wrong with anything you buy from the Hummingbird Hangout!!
ajtennessee on Jul 1, 20215 out of 5 stars
My print was absolutely breathtaking!! Extreme, high quality print that was so life-like. Arrived in excellent condition. I have a couple other things I will be ordering soon from Kathleen. She's great to work with, too.
christine on Jun 11, 20215 out of 5 stars
I bought this as a gift for my sister and she loved it. This is my second purchase of this kind, 3rd from this shop, and everything has been high quality, well delivered, and from a thoughtful shop owner. Ty!
sallybornstein on May 2, 20215 out of 5 stars
I ordered this as the centerpiece of a collage wall of spring bird photography. The photo is stunning and the metal mounting makes the colors pop even more.
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.
Lover of life and animals and believer in all things magical.
Scotts Valley, CA
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