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Old Oct 1, 2006, 9:10 PM   #1
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I was out riding my bike today, when I came upon this hidden bike trail. Both sides of the trails were lined with beautiful flowers. If I didn't know that it was Oct, I could have sworn it was spring. Anyways all these flowers attracted a swarm of hummingbirds. They constantly zipped to and fro around the flower patches. Pulling out my K100D and my 18-55mm kit lens, I snapped away. Without a telephoto lens, I was frustrated with my lack of reach. I came home expecting a bunch of blurry, tiny hummingbird picks, but to my surprise I actually caught a decent one! Woot! There have been some recent post about the kit lens, whether its worth getting or not. Some feedback has suggested that it was too slow. Well all I have to say was that it was fast enough to catch this hummer in flight. Not too shabby for a kit lens. :G

Tv=1/180, Av=8, Iso=400, Ec=0, handheld, onboard flash

Here's a couple of bee macros.
Tv=1/500, Tv=8, Iso=200, Ec=0,

Tv=1/180, Av=8, Iso=200, Ec=0

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Old Oct 1, 2006, 10:13 PM   #2
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Very nice! Love the hummer - it isn't easy to get a shot like that, and the bee is quite nice, too. Bees wings are so delicate, facinating to see close up like that.
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Old Oct 2, 2006, 6:25 AM   #3
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Delightful picture of the little hummer! The ones hanging around my feeder have migrated south for the Winter. Jay
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Old Oct 2, 2006, 7:50 AM   #4
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You have got a hummer almost by accident. Good catch. I am impressed with the kit lens.
I am still have to have an accident as hummer is relatively rare in Toronto

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Old Oct 2, 2006, 10:50 AM   #5
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That hummer pic is really an achievement with any lens, more so with the 18-55!

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Old Oct 2, 2006, 11:26 AM   #6
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wow! pentax is very consistent with its products! i can't believe it is from a kit lens, what a shame to canon always make kit lenses like toys for small boys! my new aim................k10d with 16-50mm f2.8, i'm confident it is goin to be superb, how the rest of you think, i can't wait to see it in my hands!
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Old Oct 2, 2006, 12:10 PM   #7
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Great shots! Sometimes luck plays a big part in being in the right place at the right time.


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All very nice shots. I tried some bee shots today but nothing that came close to yours. The hummingbird is fantastic.

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