Humming Bird C&C

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  1. Ecas32

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    this was my first attempt ever at shooting a humming bird. all i had to use was my on camera flash, so i did the best i could :)

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    edit- wow the image quality totally deteriated when i put it on photobucket...
     
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    Neat shot. I've never tried shooting a hummingbird before, but it's something I might give a go at if the weather ever gets better.

    It looks like the flash blew some of your highlights, which is unfortunate. It also looks a little overexposed for my tastes. A tighter crop might look a bit better, but that's pretty subjective.

    All in all, a pretty nice shot.
     
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    ya i would of liked to get a better crop but the bird was almost out of the frame in this shot.... im gonna try again tomorrow, hopefully with better results. i may try and make a diffuser for the flash though so its not as harsh
     
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    Wow.
     
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    I like this photo quite a bit. I don't see any blown area on my monitor except a couple of small spots on the feeder which I could live with.

    I love the wing image in front of the bird.
     
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    thanks cloudwalker!
    and plato- ill take that as a compliment i guess? lol

    and haha ya i didnt even notice the wing motinon in front of it... but susposedly they beat 80 times a second !!
     
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    Actually, it depends on their size. Some have been clocked at 200 beats per second but the larger ones can go as slow as 18 bps. At least, that's what I've read. I haven't tried counting myself :lol:

    All that to say that if you wanted to freeze the wing motion, you'd need to find the bigger ones to shoot. :D
     
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    yup. the ways the pros do it though is use a strobe flash to do the freezing and jack there aperature up to like f11-13. they actually have to use like 3-5 strobe flashes to be able to light everything- foreground, background, and way back ground lol.

    all i had was one on camera built in flash :p
     
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    very well captured =)
     
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    Hummers are very methodical in their behaviour around a feeder. Their tendancy is to hover, go in for a sip, back off and hover before doing the old Castanza double dip. That's where you want to catch them.... on the second hover. If you were to pre-focus on the feeder and then change your PoV so that the feeder is not in the frame, I think you will have a much more pleasing result. I would suggest an aperture of f/4 to f/6.3, shutter speed as fast as you can stand, flash if necessary.

    If you had a multiple-port feeder, then I would suggest to tape over the ports you're not interested in shooting. They learn very quickly where the nectar is.
     
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    That may be, but it isn't absolutely necessary for "decent" results. The built-in flash sucks and shouldn't be used except as a last ditch effort to save a capture.

    These were captured sans flash.

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    FYI, your links don't appear to be working. "Page not found."


    Edit: You just have some TPF address in front of the image tags. Or maybe you have image tags when you meant it to be a link.
     

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