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Dazzling Duos - Hummingbirds

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Butlerkid, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Karen
    I challenged myself to try to capture more than one hummingbird per photo.
    Here are a few of my photos. More “Dazzling Duos” can be seen on my SmugMug site.

    As always – comments and critiques are VERY MUCH appreciated!

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    Thanks for looking!
     
  2. You have met your challenge very well. Great hummingbird pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    I am still working on the "get at least one good hummingbird picture" challenge. :biggrin::biggrin:
     
  3. Karen,
    Absolutely fantastic!!!:biggrin: #5 is my favorite.
    Could you share your site set-up and shooting data for us Hummer neophytes?

    Thanks,
     
  4. Karen, those are amazing.:cool: 
    Hummers are so territorial -- I don't think I've ever seen two feeding side-by-side
     
  5. okcandids

    okcandids

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    Jan 12, 2008
    Southern NH
    Fantastic work, Karen.
     
  6. Gary

    Gary

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Hamden CT
    Karen - we discussed where these images were taken when you put the first batch up for viewing. My question concerning these new images - and the previous ones - concerns the specifics of the backgrounds used. I assume that these are either paintings, OOF photos of gardens, etc., but they all have that soft, gently colored look. Care to elaborate on the backgrounds used; how they were made or where purchased, etc?

    Gary
     
  7. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Karen
    Thank you! Photographing the hummers was a lot of fun!

    For the flash set ups, we had 1 main flash, one side flash, a belly flash and a background flash. All flashes were set to 1/32 power. Camera on manual. Shutter speed @ synch speed. F18-22. WB set to flash.

    Thank you! In addition to the doubles I got one triple and ONE with FOUR hummers in one shot. Not a great photo - but each hummer is distinct in the photo.....it's on my website.

    Thanks! Just trying to keep up with all the great hummingbirds photos being posted here!

    Thank you so much for commenting!
     
  8. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Karen
    Well - lucky me! John and Barbara Gerlach's Hummingbird workshop provided the flashes and the backgrounds. But they also taught us how to do everything ourselves.

    Briefly, you can spray paint a 24 x 30" background using about 3 colors for a natural looking effect. Apparently the trick is finding non-glossy, MATTE spray paints so there aren't unwanted reflections. Mount the backgrounds about 5' behind where the hummingbirds will be.

    You can also take OOF photos and use those as backgrounds.

    I highly recommend the Gerlach workshop. You will shoot hundreds of photos every day and learn a lot!
     
  9. Great images... can't decide which one I like the most.
     
  10. Beautiful shots Karen!
     
  11. shtarka1

    shtarka1

    Feb 1, 2008
    Boston
    Some of the Best i've seen!
     
  12. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Karen
    Thank you! Sometime soon I hope to get a few framed and displayed in my sunroom.

    Alex, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!

    Wow! Thank you! I'm inspired by the great photos I seen on the Cafe!
     
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