I’ve had a few people comment on my Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird photos and how well I managed to track them and get them in focus. Hummingbirds move fast, very fast and as they are also so tiny it’s really difficult to track and predict where they are going to be. You could just set up focus on one flower and wait, but that’s not what I did so I thought I’d share how I tracked them.
Of course, having a camera and lens that auto-focuses quickly and accurately is going to help, but that’s only half of it as you still have to follow the bird as it flies around at incredible speed.
In theory, there’s a simple technique that can help, in practice, it takes some getting used to; KEEP BOTH EYES OPEN!