First hummingbird of the season

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  1. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Greetings,

    I waited until yesterday to hang the feeder, we've had frost warnings the last three nights, sigh..

    Today was cloudy and rainy but I just had to Shoot one :mrgreen:

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    And a little better light conditions today :sexywink:

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  2. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Todays capture...

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    Cheers, Don
     
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    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Sometimes stuff happens under less than ideal conditions.

    This is one of those times :sexywink:

    Late afternoon in the shade but there he/she? was...

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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow, nice. The PP seems a little weird for me, but I'm amazed you even managed to grab a pic of these little buggers. They zip around our house all the time and are 1. way too fast, 2. way too smart, 3. way too leery of me for me to get a picture.

    Very nice. BTW, the DOF effect is beautiful.
     
  5. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thanks,

    "The DOF effect" is the bokeh from the 50-200 :)

    Cheers, Don
     
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    Shooting with my 300mm zoom and sitting in the shade about 15 ft away from the feeder. Use a monopod to hold the lens steady. Ive used flash to catch hummers. The flash never seems to bother them as they probably see many flashes off things all day, like car windshields etc. It then adds a highlight to the eye in the shot. like the first one you caught. Gives good fill light when they are under the awning the feeder hangs from.
     
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    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    50-200mm @ 104mm, 1/1600, iso 200, f 2.9

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    Cheers, Don
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I just hate that "b" word. :)
     
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    Did you crop these? Either the way you saved the file or the part of the photo that was enlarged is giving some noise. If you did, I'd be interested in seeing the whole photo. :)

    I LOVE trying to photograph these guys. I'd say you had the perfect shutter speed on them!
     
  10. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Ever since I've started using Adobe Elements 7 I've noticed that Photobucket Does Not display the images in the same way the original appears on my screen ?

    To be clear, I usually only adjust the lighting in Elements, I always do any final sharpening in FastStone.

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    Cheers, Don
     
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    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    LOL,

    I can't say as I hate it but it's definitely one of the most awkward technical terms to get used to :)

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    And for the heck of it, same cropped image with No final sharpening...

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    Cheers, Don
     

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