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Old Jun 23, 2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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I hung the feeder about 18 inches lower today. Our hummer came in at about 7:45 PM and made some intermittent fly bys - seemed to realize something had changed. Finally it came in for a drink. Oddly enough tonight was the first time it came to rest on the feeder.

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This young Robin felt left out and gave me a nice pose; regardless of the bad hair day.


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Old Jun 23, 2011, 10:54 PM   #2
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Very nicely done. The lowered feeder really works well, and the robin is nice, too.
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Old Jun 23, 2011, 11:20 PM   #3
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Yes I agree, these shots are superb. Would you mind posting which lens you used, the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO?
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Already a vast improvement on the first shots ... you're picking up this skill in leaps and bounds ! Nice shots.
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 12:00 AM   #5
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Yes I agree, these shots are superb. Would you mind posting which lens you used, the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO?
The first set from my earlier post were as follows: K20D Tamron 18-250mm. Zoom was at 250mm, P Mode, Spot metering, F6.3, 1/180 sec. AF360FGZ flash fired ISO 200.
I went with the flash last night, as I wanted to stop the wings, but 1/180 sec. isn't fast enough, and the flash freaked him out.


Tonight I turned the flash off. I used a Tamron 70-300mm Di, which has a wider aperature at the long end f5.6 vs 6.3 on the 18-250mm.
Data on the first shot above: zoom at 260mm, P mode, spot metering, F8, 1/180 sec., ISO 800, no flash.
Second shot above: zoom at 220mm, P Mode, spot metering, F6.7, 1/125 sec. ISO 800, no flash.


I had more natural light today as the bird showed up about 1/2 hour earlier than last night and hanging the feeder lower got it out from the shadow of my roof overhang.


I don't know what these little guys do during the day, they only come by my feeders early in the morning and towards dusk in the evening.
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Old Jun 24, 2011, 12:28 AM   #6
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Jim,

Nice composition. I loved # 3 the most..
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Great series! And that 3rd one is really nice!
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Great shots, I haven't had much luck with humming birds

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Good job, Jim!
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 3:20 PM   #10
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Wonderful sharp images with great color as well! Your persistence and skills are sure paying off!
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