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gjtoth Jul 30, 2010 4:05 PM

F i n a l l y !!
 
I figured out why I wasn't getting hummingbirds to the feeders. I had the feeders too close to the other birds' feeding station. I moved the hummingbird feeder to the patio and within minutes I shot these from inside the house with the Oly and 70-300. These are uncropped.

http://toths.us/Piwigo/upload/2010/0...1-95dd37ba.jpg

http://toths.us/Piwigo/upload/2010/0...6-91e54721.jpg

http://toths.us/Piwigo/upload/2010/0...3-7f18408a.jpg

zig-123 Jul 30, 2010 6:00 PM

Way to go, Gary!

Now, I suppose your going to have to buy special flashes so that you can get images with perfectly exposed eyes, wings etc.

Seriously, these are very good. I still haven't been able to get an image of one those wee critters.

Good for you.

Zig

gjtoth Jul 30, 2010 6:25 PM

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Originally Posted by zig-123 (Post 1123981)
Way to go, Gary!

Now, I suppose your going to have to buy special flashes so that you can get images with perfectly exposed eyes, wings etc.

Seriously, these are very good. I still haven't been able to get an image of one those wee critters.

Good for you.

Zig

Thanks!

Actually, Zig, my FL36R will do just fine. I've just got to set it up off-camera and right against the glass. Shouldn't be a problem at all... I hope. :)

Steven R Jul 30, 2010 6:34 PM

I vote for #1.

I don't have any small birds in my yard, so I'll just have to enjoy the shots from the forum members.

gjtoth Jul 30, 2010 7:23 PM

I set up a OCF outside the door with a wireless remote. Here's what I got in about 5 minutes of setting it up.

http://toths.us/Piwigo/upload/2010/0...5-8fa380b5.jpg

http://toths.us/Piwigo/upload/2010/0...1-6c4a4248.jpg

http://toths.us/Piwigo/upload/2010/0...6-9f6c1c89.jpg

zig-123 Jul 30, 2010 7:39 PM

Ha Ha I knew it wouldn't take you long.
the last ones a beauty.
Zig

gjtoth Jul 30, 2010 8:11 PM

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Originally Posted by zig-123 (Post 1124020)
Ha Ha I knew it wouldn't take you long.
the last ones a beauty.
Zig

It was MUCH easier than I thought, Zig. Just put the flash on a tripod, turned it on, stuck it outside the door, and waited. Piece 'o cake!

She got used to the flash by the third shot. She was a little jumpy on the first two.

Scouse Jul 30, 2010 9:22 PM

Nice captures Gary. Guess one day I'm going to have to divorce my allegiance to the E500. I do need the remote flash. Like just for that grossbeak I shot, as well as a remote shutter cable.

It's fun trying to track them though isn't it and maybe get one good one out of a bunch of shots....not like wasting celluloid though is it??? :)

Scouse Jul 30, 2010 9:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Steven R (Post 1123998)
I vote for #1.

I don't have any small birds in my yard, so I'll just have to enjoy the shots from the forum members.

Clone some faerie wings on one of your crocs..!

gjtoth Jul 30, 2010 9:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Scouse (Post 1124047)
Nice captures Gary. Guess one day I'm going to have to divorce my allegiance to the E500. I do need the remote flash. Like just for that grossbeak I shot, as well as a remote shutter cable.

It's fun trying to track them though isn't it and maybe get one good one out of a bunch of shots....not like wasting celluloid though is it??? :)

Thanks very much!

I didn't use a remote shutter release, Scouse. I use a wireless remote flash on a tripod outside the door I was shooting through. I'm using the Cactus V2 and it works flawlessly. I bought an extra receiver for it and I'm able to use both Vivitar 285HVs I have for OCF. Makes it reeeeeaaaally nice.

TekiusFanatikus Jul 30, 2010 9:36 PM

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Originally Posted by gjtoth (Post 1123949)
I figured out why I wasn't getting hummingbirds to the feeders. I had the feeders too close to the other birds' feeding station.

Cool! I will have to try this as I have everything bunched around one window...

BTW, #3 on the second is sharp as a nail - good shot!!

gjtoth Jul 30, 2010 9:43 PM

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Originally Posted by TekiusFanatikus (Post 1124052)
Cool! I will have to try this as I have everything bunched around one window...

BTW, #3 on the second is sharp as a nail - good shot!!

Thanks very much, TF.

I got a clue when I walked in on some hummingbirds checking out the stuff around my patio/pergola. One almost flew into my face! They had been there all along and I never even knew it. Literally minutes after I move the feeder, they appeared at it! Seems they don't like the heavy traffic in the area of the feeding station on the other side of the house. :)

Steven R Jul 30, 2010 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Scouse (Post 1124048)
Clone some faerie wings on one of your crocs..!

I'll have to leave that to the Disney Studios as I don't plan on getting that close to them! LOL! :shakehead:

No hummingbirds in my back yard. My backyard birds have beaks larger than the whole body of a hummer. :)

http://stevenr.smugmug.com/Animals/H..._wRgax-S-1.jpg

Scouse Jul 30, 2010 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by gjtoth (Post 1124051)
Thanks very much!

I didn't use a remote shutter release, Scouse. I use a wireless remote flash on a tripod outside the door I was shooting through. I'm using the Cactus V2 and it works flawlessly. I bought an extra receiver for it and I'm able to use both Vivitar 285HVs I have for OCF. Makes it reeeeeaaaally nice.

It's me that would like the remote shutter release. That way I can set the camera up outside up, pre-focus take the shot, And trip the flash.
The E500 has no way of doing any of this.

Scouse Jul 30, 2010 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Steven R (Post 1124068)
I'll have to leave that to the Disney Studios as I don't plan on getting that close to them! LOL! :shakehead:

No hummingbirds in my back yard. My backyard birds have beaks larger than the whole body of a hummer. :)

My little finger is larger than the whole hummer!

gjtoth Jul 31, 2010 8:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Scouse (Post 1124071)
It's me that would like the remote shutter release. That way I can set the camera up outside up, pre-focus take the shot, And trip the flash.
The E500 has no way of doing any of this.

And, therein lies the rub. Critters have a way of messing up even the best of pre-aimed, pre-focused images. I've tried and tried this method and while I did get some decent captures, they weren't anywhere near what #3 is in the second set. The critter will do SOMETHING to mess up the shot either by not being in exactly the pre-focus area or in some "off" position in the composition. If the glass from the door wouldn't have been in the way, I would have used the hotshoe flash and it would have come out great. But, these guys are a little too skittish right now. I'll give them more time and then shoot outside.

boBBrennan Jul 31, 2010 10:25 AM

I am still awaiting to see a hummer, the syrup is evaporating; seems even the ants are not interested.

Great results with the flash Gary..... keep shootin!
____
boBB

gjtoth Jul 31, 2010 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by boBBrennan (Post 1124215)
I am still awaiting to see a hummer, the syrup is evaporating; seems even the ants are not interested.

Great results with the flash Gary..... keep shootin!
____
boBB


Thanks, buddy!

After about 5-6 days, the nectar starts to ferment, Bob, and eventually goes bad. Nothing will touch it. You'll need to change it out at least once a week.

Scouse Jul 31, 2010 2:09 PM

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Originally Posted by gjtoth (Post 1124176)
And, therein lies the rub. Critters have a way of messing up even the best of pre-aimed, pre-focused images. I've tried and tried this method and while I did get some decent captures, they weren't anywhere near what #3 is in the second set. The critter will do SOMETHING to mess up the shot either by not being in exactly the pre-focus area or in some "off" position in the composition. If the glass from the door wouldn't have been in the way, I would have used the hotshoe flash and it would have come out great. But, these guys are a little too skittish right now. I'll give them more time and then shoot outside.

Yeh! I know what you're saying. I had the suet cake hanger in mind. They have to be in one area, if I just opened the DOF a tad I could prolly get decent shots.....maybe.. :)
Ken

gjtoth Jul 31, 2010 2:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Scouse (Post 1124283)
Yeh! I know what you're saying. I had the suet cake hanger in mind. They have to be in one area, if I just opened the DOF a tad I could prolly get decent shots.....maybe.. :)
Ken

I'm not saying that it POSITIVELY won't work, Ken. It's just what I ran into and it frustrated the bejabbers outta me!!


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