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Old Nov 20, 2006, 12:26 AM   #1
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This post is a continuation of my "Birds gone wild" weekend. :G
I head out to my secret hummingbird grove to see how my sigma 70-300 apo dg lens fared against these incredibly zippy birds.

Tv=1/180, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=400


Tv=1/125, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=400


Tv=1/45, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=400


Tv=1/45, Av=8, Ec=0, Iso=200

Notice how when the hummer turneded it's head towards me, it's neck became incredibly bright pink. The feathers on it's neck is very irradescent and reflective. I did not photoshop those colors. There weren't as many hummers out and about today so I didn't get a chance to try capturing one in mid flight again.

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Old Nov 20, 2006, 12:25 PM   #2
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I'm curious as to your set up for taking these pictures. For instance, how far away were you from the hummers? Were you camouflaged? Used a tripod w/remote release, etc? I am impressed at the the close up detail....do tell!! Jay
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Lovely pictures - I didn't do half as well when I had a feeder outside my window! I know what you mean about the colors - they change depending on where they are in relationship to you. One of the ones that hung around here had the red only on one side of his neck, the other side seemed to be dull. Or was that just the angle? In any case, nice captures.
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I was standing approximately 10 feet from the hummers. No I was not wearing any camouflage, just shorts, t-shirt, and my hiking hat.:G I shot these all handheld. I think the key part of my being able to get these close up shots was the fact that I had found this secluded grove of trees that seemed to be the home of many hummers. They all congregated around this area due to all the flowering bushes. They seemed semi-comfortable with people walking down the path. Normally when I have tried to shoot a hummer in my own backyard, they have usually flown off by the time I have returned with my camera.

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shorts and t-shirt in the middle of november? you're one lucky man .

those are very nice, especially at 1/45 s at 300mm.

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I was standing approximately 10 feet from the hummers. No I was not wearing any camouflage, just shorts, t-shirt, and my hiking hat.¬*:G I shot these all handheld. I think the key part of my being able to get these close up shots was the fact that I had found this secluded grove of trees that seemed to be the home of many hummers.¬* They all¬* congregated around this area due to all the flowering bushes. They seemed semi-comfortable with people walking down the path. Normally when I have tried to shoot a hummer in my own backyard, they have usually flown off by the time I have returned with my camera.

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I am speechless. Congratulation with your newly found venue for those precious moments. That still take sharp eye for spotting such area. Good find. Amazing.
I wish I can see a hummer flying away (in Toronto!!!!!)
There are a newly minted K10D owners with pricey long tele watching....like Tom I believe
A trip to the area may be the answer
Ok I am planning

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Very nice.! I really like the purple neck on the last one. I have never managed to get the color that well. Since there are always a few hummers (the little green ones) staying around in the area all winter long, I hope togeta few pics over the next month or so.

Great shots!
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Very nice hummers. Great colors.



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