Art of the Week: Magnificent Hummingbird

Judy Bingman
Santa Clara Branch, San Jose, CA
“Magnificent Hummingbird” (photographed in Costa Rica)
Photography
(blog: judybingmanphotography)

 

 

For Judy Bingman, hummingbirds have been a favorite to photograph. But it hasn’t always been that way.

 

Bingman, a two-term president of the Santa Clara branch of NLAPW, taught physical education at Los Gatos, CA High School for 35 years. During the last eleven years she also directed both the LGHS concert and marching bands. She herself plays a haunting saxophone.

 

“After my first trip to Africa in 1998 I knew wildlife photography would be my love,” she says. But it was not until her retirement that she was able to seriously pursue her new career as a professional photographer.

 

Because of her lifelong love of nature and animals, she naturally focused her camera on birds and wild animals throughout the world. Bingman has traveled to India for the tigers; Brazil for jaguars; Africa for mountain gorillas; Antarctica for penguins, and Canada for polar bears. She has snorkeled with the whales, sat 4 feet from an 12 foot long anaconda she was photographing, been awed by the aurora borealis dancing overhead, and figured out how to get her camera to work in minus 42 degree weather. Alaska, Iceland, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe have also been on her itinerary.

 

With such an eclectic background it’s no wonder other professionals call her photographs “emotion-filled”! But, back to the hummingbirds . . . Bingman continues her excursions to photograph the hummingbirds and now gives workshops at her home to teach others how to photograph these fast little wonders.

 

Comments

  1. Sandra Michel says:

    Absolutely lovely.

  2. Sandy Huff says:

    Go Judy — you’re an inspiration to the rest of us!

  3. Barb Whitmarsh says:

    *****AND PEOPLE SAY THERE IS NO GOD.

    WHAT A GLORIOUS ANIMAL IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD.
    THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING.

  4. Beautiful, beautiful, have always loved the splendid colors in this shot. Your work speaks of your love of travel and wildlife. You are able to capture a true feeling in all your shots. Your personality comes through in your work. What a talent.

  5. Diane Glass says:

    BEAUTIFUL! AWESOME! MAGNIFICENT! You are an incredible photographer. The humming bird is listening to your every word. Wonderful photo.

  6. Marsha Perlman says:

    FANTASTIC!

  7. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    Judy–I share your love and fascination with hummingbirds! I frequently watch them as they hover over the flowers in our flower garden. Your photograph has magnificently captured the detail of the tiny creatures–the detail that I miss or can’t see because indeed they are so fast to dart in and out of my view. You’ve found your niche! Thanks!

  8. Spectacularly goRgeous … Thank you …