After snapping more than a 100 pictures Wednesday night, amateur photographer Jack Quinn finally captured this clear shot of a dozen brilliant hummingbirds feeding at a dish off his back porch.
Quinn said he has been taking pictures of “hummers for a long, long time with mixed results.”
But then, he gets mixed results with just about everything else he shoots, stretching back to his start in high school in 1957. “It’s the same thing with fireworks, lightning, old barns and landscapes,” he said.
“We’ve snow-camped, snowshoed and skied all over the Sierra Nevada Mountains with my 4x5-inch (large format camera) trying to get the Ansel Adams shot, but it never happened.”
With the age of film cameras dying, Quinn said he recently retired his Wista Field 4x5-inch camera and changed to a digital Canon.
When Quinn and his wife Betsy see the hummers come out around 6:15 p.m. to feed, they put the camera on a tripod and start shooting.
“We live near Green Valley Park and I think the hummers like our slightly elevated deck,” he said. “Not easy for predators to get to them.”
When not shooting off his deck, Quinn takes photographs while out in the field with Tonto Rim Search and Rescue.
“I just like taking pictures,” he said. “Quad riding with other members of TRSAR, my wife Betsy and I are always holding things up taking pictures.”