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first try at a Hummingbird

Discussion in 'Birds' started by nascar88888, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. I hope this works

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  2. mi2ark

    mi2ark Guest

    Nicely done, Joe. I would crop it in further, though....
  3. ok i will do that

    This was an unexpected visitor in my back yard at the Bee balm.
  4. bfjr

    bfjr Guest

    Took me awhile to get anything in flight.

    You did well

    Watch your backgrounds as well, not easy Huh !! :biggrin::biggrin:
  5. no no easy at all and i just got a feeder so i hope i can set the cam o the feeder and get even better shots
  6. Hi Joe,

    Nice shots. You must've been excited seeing hummers in your yard.
    I looked at your lens collection and I think the 80-200 f/2.8 or 180 f/2.8
    will do the job. But don't shoot it wide open or you won't get good
    details of the hummer's body. Shoot at f/8 and see what you get.
    The D300 high iso shots are pretty good. Use high burst mode to
    capture as many shots as possible in a single shooting opportunity.
    And if you use a feeder, make sure you tape off all the feeding holes
    except one so that you'll know where the hummer will show up.
    Also,if you want to catch them in flight,then remove all the perching
    rails from the feeder. This way, they wil have to hover.
    When you press the shutter,the hummers will probably get scared a bit
    and then they either fly away or hover. If they hover,that's when you
    can catch them in flight. They usually repeat the same process, so
    get ready to follow the hummer when they hover.

    I also recommend using a tripod and set it at about 5-6 ft. from the feeder.
    I almost forgot to mention this. You'll need a lot of patience. They will test your patience. Good luck. :smile:
  7. i will try that thanks
  8. sjlarue


    Nov 18, 2007
    Those are great ones Joe. I agree with cropping it closer. I don't have a feeder for hummers. but I'm going to make a hummer garden next year. I've got the perfect place for one....right outside my picture window :wink:
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