HOW TO SET UP- hummingbird photography

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Kieth, thanks for taking the time to detail how you do it, for providing equipment set up shots, and for the actual bird shots. Your info will be invaluable next summer!

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Keith,
Thanks for the great information. I have only recently been able to attract hummingbirds and no joy yet of making good photos. Will attempt you follow your guidance.
 
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I'm late to this thread, however, thank you very much for this detailed write up and examples of your setup. The photos are amazing as others mentioned! I've put up a feeder and was delighted to see a few hummingbirds use it. What a delight to see these birds fly and maneuver so quickly. Hopefully, I'll be able to capture a few photos.
 
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A couple from today...............


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Also late to the party because I am just returning to Nikon after being away for a while.
I love shooting hummers because they are such amazing birds. Here is one of my favorite hummer shots from last spring

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The article was written in 2006 and it's 2014 ... I am still thanking Keith. Great article and thank you for unselfish sharing of information.

I guess I should get my old SB-800 repaired to add to the orchestra of speedlights for Hummers.
 
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Wow, how time flies LOL. Been a long time since posting here. Im glad many of you found the tutorial informative or atleast give you a starting point. Still luv to do hummingbird photography, they are fascinating little birds with a ton of personality. I haven't changed a whole lot over the years except work on better backgrounds for the most part!
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Richard Jones

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Keith, I tried to find your email address so I could send you the following:-

Hello Mr. Rankin;

What a delight to visit your site and to get all the information on Hummingbirds. I live in Fort Saskatchewan and get the occasional hummer in my backyard. I believe the waterfalls attract songbirds to my garden and missed the chance to shoot a male Goldfinch bathing in the top of one of the falls flumes. My camera was in the house. I was better prepared on a later occasion and got a rare chance to get a great pose of a male Rose Breasted Grosbeak, the first and only one I have seen in my life. I have seen many more females and think this coming summer will see more.


I took a camera safari last September through the inside passage in Haida Gwaii aboard the SV Maple Leaf, a 92’ schooner. We got some incredible wildlife viewing and I got as close to a Grizzly so as to smell his breath (I exaggerate a little); unfortunately my shots were not the best with all the excitement and being so close.


I invite you to visit my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aeros4/sets , you won’t see anything of the standard that you produce, but may be interesting none the less. I am thinking of making a trip to a raptor rehab facility in Southern Alberta run by one Owen Slater, he may be the son of a man I met in Ontario who was managing the raptor section of African Lion Safari, a park near Toronto, If it is the same family, then we have a shared history, one that good screenplay’s are made of. I have included my contact information bellow and invite you to phone or write (I want to pick your brains). I was doing wedding shoots with My Pentax 645 for more than twenty years, two years ago I got the Pentax 645D with the new 25mm and stock 55mm, I have some old 6x7 glass adapted to the 645D but not very happy with the 400mm and doubler, too much chromatic aberration. My recently acquired Canon 7D with a 100-400mm plus doubler has proven to be a great and sweet piece of glass; I have some nice bird shots from my backyard.


I just went crazy on my seventieth birthday and sprang for a Nikon D800E. After buying this camera I feel the same sense of complete calm and satisfaction as I did with the purchase of the 645D, I may sell the Canon system and invest in a 500mm telephoto for the Nikon, such a well designed camera, a joy to use. From this point on I vow to never do another wedding, will concentrate on improving my landscape and wildlife work and explore as many other venues as I can. Best phone No. to reach me is 780-998-9707. email aeros@aeros.bz



Happy shooting,

Richard Jones.[/quote]
 

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As we do not have hummers in Switzerland, I solved the problem by "expatriating" to Brazil ! Alas, I live in town and on the 10th floor, so my wife, as she's frightened one of the grand-children fall off, insisted to put a safety net on all windows and balconies, like that:

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...hence, exit hummingbirds feeders: I don't want to have mesh appearing in the images :mad: !

BUT.... I noticed that, right in front of our apartment-block, on the other side of the road, there's a park with trees and bushes, where hummers spend a lot of time ! So I grabbed my D800, screwed the 300 f/2.8 VR II on and, mostly hand-held, got quite a few pics of them birds, ON THE WILD !

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Sorry for the signature, which has a wrong -of course- date: I had ready-made sigs, and mistakenly added the one of 2015 instead of 2013 :banghead: !

:D
J-P.-
 
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