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Old Aug 19, 2014, 12:08 AM   #1
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These are not by any stretch of the imagination great hummingbird photos. I'm posting because it's the first time EVER that I've come close to freezing the wings in flight. The combination of Sun, fully opened aperture, ISO 500, -.3 to .7 EV and 1/6400 to 1/8000 sec did the trick. This was using the 10mm extension tube and Lumix 45-200 from about 5 or 6 feet. I was just experimenting with the tubes and wasn't expecting her so it was quite a treat. I also hadn't done any research on how to photograph hummers in advance. Now that I know where she feeds I can go back and try some less aggressive settings like ISO 200 or position myself for better lighting. These aren't cropped but I did do some tweaking.
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Very cool. The color of the sky background makes the photos really interesting.
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.....personally, I think these are dramatic, wonderful and as Drew said, "really interesting".

A bit brighter and bingo!
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Very cool. The color of the sky background makes the photos really interesting.
Thanks Drew. I was sitting on a 20" diameter rock which was sitting on a small berm. This put the camera slightly above the hummer pointing down. The background is made up of the concrete slabs of a sidewalk/patio area. The lines are from a design on the patio and the expansion joints between the slabs.
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.....personally, I think these are dramatic, wonderful and as Drew said, "really interesting".

A bit brighter and bingo!
Thanks Bob. The photos did come out dark likely due to the -.3 to -.7 EV applied. When I have some time I'm going to see if I can lighten them up without having them fall apart.
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Sweet!
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Nice captures Alan. (I never have any hummers come around my house. )

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Thanks Bob. The photos did come out dark likely due to the -.3 to -.7 EV applied. When I have some time I'm going to see if I can lighten them up without having them fall apart.
Yes they do seem a little dark on my laptop. Post the results when you try to lighten them.
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Here are some lightened up. Also some I hadn't posted before. They seem to hold up ok.

I was able to photograph her inside and behind the plant by using the spot focus. Still lost about 80% of the shots. Partly because even the smallest focus point of the EM-1 is not true point and also because she never spent more than a second in one spot.
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Few more.
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This is obvious (and not helpful), but I just sat here for a moment and thought about what a tiny, tiny sliver of time that really is.
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