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Old Jul 30, 2010, 9:36 PM   #11
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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!!
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Old Jul 30, 2010, 9:43 PM   #12
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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.
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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!

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

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

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!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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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