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Old Sep 15, 2011, 11:12 PM   #11
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Wow Mole you got some great shots of the little guys. We put a feeder up and I have been trying to get some shots but so far have failed. Based on your images and that you shot mostly a 300 I still have hope. I've had little traffic at the feeder maybe one per 30min so I have focused on the feeder and not the birds resulting in great shots of the feeder and not so great of the birds.

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Old Sep 16, 2011, 10:12 PM   #12
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These are fantastic! I agree, my first, second etc. attempts to photograph this quick, small, flighty bird hasn't come close to these at all. I had some minor success with the A*300, it does quite well but only if they are pretty close. Was it the size/weight that caused you problem with the big lens? Even if you didn't manage much with it for hummers, your close-ups are very good.
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Old Sep 17, 2011, 4:59 AM   #13
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What a wonderful series on my favourite bird (bar one - the common kingfisher, because I can actually see them in the wild) ! Some beautiful captures in there.

However I must admit that the first shot of the jewelweed had me going when I couldn't see a bird there ..... "where the hell is the little blighter - hiding behind the flower " ?!

I adore that A*300 bokeh - it's as if you have painted it in water-colours, gorgeous !
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Old Sep 17, 2011, 2:06 PM   #14
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You did an amazing job knowing how fast these little creatures can be. I've never even attempted. I, too, in the first few was looking all over for the hummingbirds.

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Old Sep 17, 2011, 8:28 PM   #15
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MtnMan - Thanks for the "adjusted" sample. Nice PP. Still not sure which version I prefer, but it gives me ideas for next time...

Pastor - Thanks so much! That one was one of my favorites too.

Hans - You should see how many of these photos went into the trashcan! Was MUCH easier (for me) to snap the perched ones than the ones in flight - see if you can spot where yours are perching as they wait to use your feeder.

Harriet - Glad you enjoyed my first attempts. To anwer your question - the biggest problem with the 135-600 is speed. It has a very long focus throw, not very helpful for a subject that is constantly moving! Also my tripod/head combination is sturdy enough, but slow to move to new positions. And the lens is so long, that I usually use 2 second delay to allow vibrations to settle down. Hummingbirds can move a lot in 2 seconds!

Kevin - So glad you liked these! Our Belted Kingfishers are much harder to photograph. The hummingbirds pretty much ignored me after the first 5 or 10 minutes, but kingfishers stay extremely shy. Someday I may try to set up a blind to photograph them, but never seem to have the time these days...
Sorry to have confused you with the first shot! Actually that was a test of the A*300 with extension tubes! It is indeed a fine lens, despite the scratched front element - see this thread:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...ots-300-a.html

Patty - Thanks so much! They aren't nearly as hard to photograph as I expected, although I did miss a lot of much better shots! Sorry to confuse you with the first few!!
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Old Sep 18, 2011, 1:01 PM   #16
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Hi Marty,

Those are very promising, no question. Definitely better than my first ones (that was on film) - I could only go higher. As already discussed, just a bit of Levels or Exposure adjustment, and you are doing quite nicely!

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Old Sep 18, 2011, 4:51 PM   #17
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Hey Mole,
These are great! You never fail to impress me with your work.
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Marc - Thanks for your encouragement - really means a lot coming from a man of your talents!

GW - Glad you liked them! My son & I were back out to visit the hummingbirds this afternoon after church, and they are as busy as ever. Got a few more snapshots of perched ones, and may try once more later this week for some in-flight snapshots, before they all start heading south...
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Old Sep 20, 2011, 3:46 AM   #19
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after all those magnificent natureshots and showing more fauna than I can find, you also have hummingbirds.



great shots, you keep making me jealous.
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Ronny - Glad you enjoyed these. I am indeed blessed to live in a very biodiverse region. Hope you can come visit someday!
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