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Hummingbird photos

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Jerry Green, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. 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.

  2. "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....
  3. I used Single-area AF

  4. rcooper

    rcooper Subscribing Member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Sharp,and I like the background.
  5. Excellent shots Jerry!
  6. jerry
    awesome shots
    i like them a lot

    thanks for sharing
  7. Those are excellent! Was the camera set up on a tripod and flash setup? or were you waiting around with a telephoto lens?
  8. pls share your setup for these as they are outstanding
  9. Sanford504


    Mar 27, 2008
    Yeadon, PA
    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!
  10. 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.
  11. good stuff Jerry, great captures.
  12. 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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  13. sjlarue


    Nov 18, 2007
    Great shots Jerry. Love the flower shots.
  14. Well Done Jerry!

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

    we want more details because we are envious !
  16. jcougowl


    Apr 19, 2008
    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
  17. quyd300


    Apr 3, 2008
    Very nice shots!
  18. 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
    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.

  19. Walt


    Jun 12, 2008
    North Carolina
    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.

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