The Hummers are back!

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So I have been waiting all winter for spring and the Hummers to come back and last Thursday I heard one and then on Friday I saw one at the feeder, so I happily collected all my flashes with small tripods and big lenses and went out to my blind yesterday and today, and got me some hummers!

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(yes it is a Mosquito on the head of the bird!)
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Wonderful!!! The detail is amazing (as always). Looks like they posed for you!! I am hoping to attract a few this year with various nectar plants; fuschias, and humming bird vine are on my shopping list!! :biggrin:
 
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such nice shots, I just don't know where you go from here! There's no where but downhill. :)
 
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Gorgeous shots Andréas! You must be happy to get back to one of your favorite activities, you are masterful with these tiny birds (as you are with the bigger ones also!).
 
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Wonderful captures ! Hummings along with dragonflies are 2 of my favorite birds and insects. For a newbie like me who 's trying to learn slr (I'm currently reading "Understanding exposure"), it's very interesting to see you keep changing shutter speed to capture the wing motion, thank you :biggrin:
 
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Thank you! Actually the shutter speed is lower for some because the light died down in the evening, and because I changed lens or took of the tc off the 400mm, so didnt need to be at such high speed. I recommend on a wimberly head you try with at least 1/200th and F7.1 with a straight 300mm F4 to get enough DOF if you can do more that is great. With the 400mm also F7.1 ideally more, with the TC17 on the 400 for 680mm I say you need 1/250th and F11.

BUT! It is the Flash that freeses the motion of the wings. The Flash has a extremely short duration and what you do is place the flash very close, as wide an angle as it will go and put it in manual 1/8th or lower power, that will give you the short duration you need to freeze the wings.

So generally I have both flashes on manual, the rear one as close as I can to the background at say 1/4 power so it recycles quickly, and the front one at 1/16th if I can, all controlled by an SU-800 unit on the camera.

If you want to know from a master read Keith Rankins, sticky on how to shoot hummingbirds at the top of the bird and animal in this forum.

Wonderful captures ! Hummings along with dragonflies are 2 of my favorite birds and insects. For a newbie like me who 's trying to learn slr (I'm currently reading "Understanding exposure"), it's very interesting to see you keep changing shutter speed to capture the wing motion, thank you :biggrin:
 
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Andreas, how exciting that your hummers are back! That sure was a quick and smooth transition from last year, no rust at all! Just the beautiful work you've been doing all along ... I guess for you, it's similar to riding bicycles, once you learn, you don't forget?!

Simply breathtaking shots one and all, but my favorites are your last 3, which I presume you've named the "Chocolate Set." (You do give your sets high fallutin' names, don't ya? :biggrin: ) Those, I found especially elegant; very classy tonal range.
 
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Ohh thank you, well I have to try to best it then, I have some ideas :wink:
Outstanding, Absolutely Stunning shots
Thank you for looking and commenting
those are amazing !!
Chocolate set it is! I had one set last year that was a nice puerple for the heather, that was supposed to be the color these where of I was quite surprsed when I saw the brown! As for not forgetting the first night series was a bit off in every way these are better but not perfect, just wait!
Andreas, how exciting that your hummers are back! That sure was a quick and smooth transition from last year, no rust at all! Just the beautiful work you've been doing all along ... I guess for you, it's similar to riding bicycles, once you learn, you don't forget?!

Simply breathtaking shots one and all, but my favorites are your last 3, which I presume you've named the "Chocolate Set." (You do give your sets high fallutin' names, don't ya? :biggrin: ) Those, I found especially elegant; very classy tonal range.
Thank you! I wonder how the Mosquito managed to stay there when the hummer was flying!!!
A mosquito on a hummer's head? Outrageous! As has already been stated these are as good as it gets!
 
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