Flying Jewelry

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Used a four-flash setup (front, back, background, behind) that really brings out the colors in this little guy.

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Thanks everyone.

Lovely!!!! There is still a tiny bit of movement in the beak. What setting do you have of the front flashes? Are you using TTL or manual?
I see what you are talking about. All flashes (sb-800, sb-600 and two sb-29s) and camera are set to manual. I have the front flash set to very low power, so the backlighting flash on the bird will create more drama, and that may be why some movement (and/or shadow) is present. I'd be eager to learn how you set up your hummer shots.

david
that is fantastic
i'd love to see a picture of this lighting setup.... please
Thanks Greg. It's similar to this setup with the addition of a fourth flash to back light the bird.
 
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Thanks Greg. It's similar to this setup with the addition of a fourth flash to back light the bird.
i really appreciate your reply
i wish i could see all of this take place in person


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Well your setup with manual is the way I do it as well...

On the contrary, having the front flashes set to a lower power will freeze the bird better. It is because the duration of the flash is very fast at lower power.

So it is the flash that freezes the hummer not the shutter speed!

Looking at your Exif I would go down to 1/200th of a second, turn off all flashes, use the histogram to dial in the right exposure, turn on the flashes and try for M1/8th or M 1/16th Power on the front flashes to get good exposure with that. If it is to dark move the flashes closer...

Here is a good chart for the flash duration of the SB-800 to guide you
1/1050 sec. at M 1/1 (full) output
1/1100 sec. at M 1/2 output
1/2700 sec. at M 1/4 output
1/5900 sec. at M 1/8 output
1/10900 sec. at M 1/16 output
1/17800 sec. at M 1/32 output
1/32300 sec. at M 1/64 output
1/41600 sec. at M 1/128 output


BTW 1 I always have my flashes setup higher above the feeder pointed down so they shine a bit down on the hummer for as more natural sunlight look

BTW 2. The 300mm F4 AF-s is the ultimate hummer lens because of the close focusing distance only being 5ft.


Thanks everyone.


I see what you are talking about. All flashes (sb-800, sb-600 and two sb-29s) and camera are set to manual. I have the front flash set to very low power, so the backlighting flash on the bird will create more drama, and that may be why some movement (and/or shadow) is present. I'd be eager to learn how you set up your hummer shots.


Thanks Greg. It's similar to this setup with the addition of a fourth flash to back light the bird.
 
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