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How to shoot a hummingbird

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Uncle Frank, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. A number of folks have asked me how to get hummingbird pictures. The secret it, it's more about learning
    their behaviors than the gear. Before you start hunting hummers, I'd recommend you read this site


    Once you understand hummingbird psychology, you'll need to set up a "studio"... a space where you'll
    have frequent opportunities to enjoy these flying bullets and experiment in photographing them. My own
    outdoor studio is the space adjacent to the feeder. They come to it dozens of times a day.

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    As far as gear is concerned, I've been able to get satisfying captures with everything from a Coolpix 5700
    to a d70/70-300ED to my current rig - the d70 with the 80-200 f/2.8 and Kenko Pro 1.4x tc. Once you have a
    reasonably long lens, it's more about light and technique than the particular lens. Here's a shot taken
    with the 5700 that's still one of my favorites.

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    I'll be happy to answer any questions you have about hummingbird photography. It's brought me great
    pleasure, and I only have to step out of my back door to find wonderful photographic opportunities, like this
    one I saw today. I call it "In the Pink" because I used a blossoming tree as the background.

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  2. guess we could put this in the category of things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. :lol:
  3. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Excellent article UF. If I could just get a picture of a hummer I'd be happy. I can't even imagine getting shots like yours.... :p 

  4. NeilCam


    Feb 21, 2005
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Nice article Frank and excellent shots. I'm looking forward to the return of the Hummers here. Only one stayed around this winter and he doesn't visit the feeder much.

    Oh and thanks for the link!

  5. Thanks Frank I have just got to get out and do it. Your images have definitely been encouraging me.
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