While hiking in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, I came across this interesting ocotillo against a deep blue sky. Jutting straight-out of the left frame as I looked in my viewfinder, it was a healthy plant, but where it takes a turn skyward it becomes skeletonized for a few feet. Then dipping down towards the ground, it miraculously comes back to life with a few vestiges of flowers and seed pods still clinging to the branch. I put my camera on the tripod and composed but as cool as this ocotillo was, it wasn’t enough. It needed a little something else. A focal point. Enter the inquisitive hummingbird who lands on the center of the branch, not perfectly center, but a little left of center for perfect composition (obviously he’s had artistic training). If that isn’t enough, the little guy gives me his best side and 3-5 seconds to trip the shutter. For a hummingbird to stay still for 3-5 seconds is like a human posing for 3-5 years. What a sacrifice in the name of art!
Nikon N90S SLR, Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, Nikon SB-24 Speedlight, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, B+W 77E Slim Circular Polarizer, exposure not recorded, Manfrotto 3265 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.