Why do they call them Ruby-throated?
This isn’t a trick question. It is kind of obvious, right? I remember when I was first launching my career as a nature photographer I spent a lot of time on the road with one of my heroes and mentors, John Shaw. John is one of the greatest birders as well as being the Godfather of nature photography. John stressed to me the importance of learning what you were photographing and it’s habits and behavior as well. We used to joke about some of the names that only bird geeks can do when shooting birds. I was very fortunate to have some of the greatest nature photographers as my teachers and friends. The lessons I learned from John though were way more than “how and why” we create images but everything that leads up to the point of releasing the shutter as well. Learn not only your craft, but learn your subjects as well, even if it is just a basic understanding. Knowledge of the natural world never hurts. Unless you learn the hard way with bees or bears. Bears can kill you if you are the slowest one around.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Aperture Priority, f8, -.3 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #Sirui