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Old Sep 9, 2008, 2:49 PM   #1
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Not nearly as good as Buzzsaw's series, but after several attempts I finally got a decent shot.

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Old Sep 9, 2008, 2:52 PM   #2
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Not nearly as good as Buzzsaw's series, but after several attempts I finally got a decent shot.

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Yes you did.They're difficult to shoot unless you can get very close. Cheers, Dan
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Old Sep 9, 2008, 3:37 PM   #3
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Thanks fishguy. My wife and I have tried several times and we finally had all the planets aligned properly:-).

here is another.

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Sometimes they are a challenge. Good job!
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 8:47 AM   #5
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Mugmar, don't be too hard on yourself as its an evolution thing.

I do setups in my yard for these guys and here's what I'd recommend.

setup an unused tripod or sheppards hook in your yard where you have a nice clean background and the sun at your back... attach sugar water feeders to these and they will start coming in... then start clamping flowers to the afforementioned things and setup nearby and wait wait wait. I will drip sugar water into some of my flowers, sometimes it kills the flowers and sometimes not. There are alot more tricks, but start with these and you will be able to get HB shots away from a feeder and on a flower. I usually leave the feeders up for a short while when I start shooting and then after they come in I pull them and they start going to the flowers... waa laa. :idea:
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Great photos.
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 2:59 PM   #7
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Sabine, Flutelady thank you for your kind words.

Buzzsaw, Thank you so much for the tips. We will have to give that a try in the near future. The Hummers don't seem to mind us and the cameras being around too much, so hopefully we can persuade them (with sugar water) to cooperate:G

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Although I've not tried this (yet) but I read that if youcan pre-focus on your feeder and keep that focus setting locked, you have a better chance of snapping a decent pick of them since the camera does not have to spend time autofocussing when you draw a bead on the hummer, so long as it's in very close proximity to the feeder, that is. The other thing to try is a blind, as some of our colleagues do - they get fantastic results. Cheers, Dan
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