After watching my hummingbirds nectar repeatedly at my salvia plants, I was inspired to take my macro lens and explore the salvia bloom a bit closer. Flowers always amaze me with their detail that you never notice unless you look closely. So I tried to create an image that showed what a hummingbird would perceive as it nectars.
Notice anything pretty in the water droplets? :)
To create this image, I took a flower, spritzed it with water, lit it, and arranged one of my favorite hummingbird photos in the background. In that photo, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was nectaring at a black and blue salvia plant, which is a close cousin of the purple salvia in the foreground.
If you are curious, this next image was the original hummingbird image (the one refracted in the water droplets). Technically, if a hummer did see himself refracted, he’d see himself upside down (due to the physics of refraction).
My mom says the flower close-up looks like a lizard with its tongue out. ;-)