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Old May 13, 2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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The Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds migrate back into Ohio in May. I was visiting relatives last week near Medina, OH and they have a feeder in their back yard near their house. A juvenile hummer was stopping by to take a few sips about every 7-8 minutes, so I took my FZ35 around back, stood about 7 feet away from the feeder, and took this shot the next time he returned.

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Old May 13, 2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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Nice hummer shot. Live in South Central Ohio and yes they are back.

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Old May 13, 2011, 11:39 PM   #3
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Hummingbirds were the main reason why I got the FZ35. I need to get back to photographing them. Such lovely creatures.

One suggestion, when the bird is facing away from the sun, flash as fill light can help light up his face (sometimes).
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Hummingbirds were the main reason why I got the FZ35. I need to get back to photographing them. Such lovely creatures.

One suggestion, when the bird is facing away from the sun, flash as fill light can help light up his face (sometimes).
Where the feeder was positioned made it difficult to find a better angle; Hummers seem (in my experience) to tend to stay at one particular station instead of visiting one side of the feeder then another. Hadn't considered flash fill in the harsh lighting with the FZ35 (I do that regularly with my D90 though). If I'm up there again this summer I'll try again.

OR I'll have an assistant hold up a reflector . . .
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Where the feeder was positioned made it difficult to find a better angle; Hummers seem (in my experience) to tend to stay at one particular station instead of visiting one side of the feeder then another. Hadn't considered flash fill in the harsh lighting with the FZ35 (I do that regularly with my D90 though). If I'm up there again this summer I'll try again.

OR I'll have an assistant hold up a reflector . . .
Yeah, wild birds are so uncooperative, never sit where you want them to !!
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