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Hummingbirds frozen in time and place, Sedona, Arizona

This image began with an attempt to simply capture a pair of hummingbirds lunching at a group of feeders. I needed not only to stop motion and freeze them in time -- I also wanted to integrate the birds into the design of the photo itself. I needed to place a bird on each side of the frame in order to unify the image, creating a diagonal composition leading the eye through the feeders from one bird to the other. Incredibly, I caught the bird on the left as it was incongruously suspended in space behind a feeder, making it seem as if it is caught within it. Obviously luck plays a huge role in such an incongruity. I shot fifty images of this scene and later found this image among them. Because of this incongruity, this photograph was the only one of them that goes beyond description, and instead stimulates the imagination of the viewer.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10
1/1250s f/2.8 at 26.4mm iso125 full exif

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