Hummingbird photos

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I spent a couple of hours watching the action at my hummingbird feeder. Below are a few of the photos:

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Nikon D300, 200-400mm VR lens, SB800 flash and a Better Beamer.

Jerry
 
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"AMAZING"
and Fantastic set Jerry........What focus mode did you find worked best?

I am just not seeing Hummers in my yard this year. I am keeping the feeders out and still hoping they will make a visit....
 
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Absolutely stunning. Some of the best Humingbird photos I've ever seen. Could you share with the rest of us your set-up? Well Done!
 
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Jerry,

These are great captures. Color and sharpness are excellent.
I guess that they are either an immature male Ruby-throated
or a female Ruby-throated.
 
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Hummingbird set up

This is a photo of the set up that I used. The blue background is a piece of foam core painted blue. The birds just did not stand out with the grass background. Our local Hummingbird expert told me that all of these are "hatch year" birds. They come fully charged with territorial agression, but this is good exercise for them to get strong for the long trip they have to make in the comming months.

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This is a photo of the set up that I used. The blue background is a piece of foam core painted blue. The birds just did not stand out with the grass background. Our local Hummingbird expert told me that all of these are "hatch year" birds. They come fully charged with territorial agression, but this is good exercise for them to get strong for the long trip they have to make in the comming months.

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can u pls share details on camera setup (EXIF), sb800, and better beamer settings.....thx !

we want more details because we are envious !
 
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Great picts. I love these guys - they'll fly over the Gulf of Mexico during their annual migration.
your patience was rewarded in these very cool images
 
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Photo data

Nikon D300
Nikon 200-400mm VR @ 400 mm
Nikon SB-800 Flash in manual mode at 1/16 power
Better Beamer to project the flash
ISO 200
1/320 sec
f/4
Metering Mode Center-weighted averaged
Shutter Priority Mode
Single-area AF

If I am shooting the Hummingbirds as they move around I mount the camera on a Wimberly head with the flash on the camera and use the shutter release on the camera. If it is a static shot I will put the flash on another tripod with an extension cord and use an electronic 10 pin shutter release with an extension cord. I have used a macro lens sometimes with this set up.

If I missed any other info that you want let me know.

Jerry
 
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Thank you for sharing your setup, and pictures. My wife is really into hummers and wanted to take pictures of them. Now we feel better about how.

thanks
walt
 

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