Hummingbirds in Flight Trip Report - Tom Bol Photo Workshops

Our Hummingbirds in Flight Workshop took place in Madera Canyon - just south of Tucson, Arizona

We introduced several techniques for photographing hummingbirds including the use of multi-lash set-ups, ambient light and multiple exposure....

We used multi-flash set ups to freeze the hummingbirds' wings and illuminate our backgrounds.

Take a look at the video above to see how many birds show up at the Santa Rita Lodge!

The July monsoon rains kept the temperatures mild and the hummingbirds active....

Suzanne wearing red to attract the birds
....and for stylish coffee mugs!

Each of our station's can be styled with colorful plants and backgrounds.

Custom spray painted poster board
Solid yellow with homeysuckle

Examples from our stations

Broad-billed hummingbird male
Male Broad-billed Hummingbird

Multiple exposure mode allows for in camera combination of several different shots

Black-chinned Hummingbirds
A Rivoli's Hummingbird (formerly called Magnificent) adds a scale
A trio of Rivoli's created by using multiple exposure

Ambient light with wide open apertures separates the hummingbirds from their backgrounds....like this black-chinned hummingbird. The Acorn Woodpeckers think they are hummingbirds!

Backlighting in evening light adds interesting bokeh
The lodge attracts rarities like this Beryline Hummingbird
Hummingbirds are not the only thing to photograph at the Santa Rita Lodge
Tom's pal, the coatimundi

Thanks to all the participants on our 2021 Hummingbird Workshops. We hope to post 2023 Hummingbird Workshops soon. Sign up for the interest list here

To see our 2022 Schedule, click here

Created By
Cree Bol


Tom Bol and Cree Bol