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Old Dec 24, 2012, 2:17 PM   #1
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Found out about a week ago that Arizona is the hummingbird capital of the US. Bought a feeder-didn't take them long to find it. Unfortuately all the shots are backlit because of the location. Ist DS, DA 50-200. ISO 400-shutter 1000 thru my back window.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 5:50 PM   #2
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I love that one, with the light shining through almost silhouetted feathers. Very unusual and very cool.
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 6:56 PM   #3
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I love it!

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Old Dec 30, 2012, 6:35 PM   #4
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What an exciting discovery - so glad you have such photogenic "neighbors!"

Just wondering how they might react to a bit of fill flash...
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 12:36 PM   #5
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What an exciting discovery - so glad you have such photogenic "neighbors!"

Just wondering how they might react to a bit of fill flash...
Thought about that-but it would be thru a window - wouldn't want to scare them-plus the max shutter speed would be 1/180-don't know if that would be fast enough
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Pretty cool!

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Thought about that-but it would be thru a window - wouldn't want to scare them
You could go wireless or a long ttl cable to get the flash off the camera and outside.

Or for that matter, you could put the camera outside and trigger it remotely wirelessly or with a long cable. That way you aren't shooting through glass? Preset focus on the feeder. Set everything up so that you just wait for the hummingbird to come.

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plus the max shutter speed would be 1/180-don't know if that would be fast enough
Flash would freeze the motion. The higher sutter speed would be to balance the daylight. If you provide your own background, then you might have better control over that?

Gotta go. My wife is calling me. <grin>

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Old Jan 5, 2013, 10:33 PM   #7
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It never occured to me to shoot hummingbirds in silhouette. It's very lovely effect. Nicely done.
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It never occured to me to shoot hummingbirds in silhouette. It's very lovely effect. Nicely done.
Yeah. The back lighting is really nice for the feeder too. I guess one idea to play with is if you do go for flash to freeze motion, how do you preserve that nice glow that is happening with the feeder. That could be a fun challenge to play with?
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I like the image, nicely done

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