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Old Apr 4, 2015, 7:28 AM   #1
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Old Apr 4, 2015, 9:01 AM   #2
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That is a beautiful photo. What settings did you have your camera set too? I've chased hummingbirds around last summer and never did get a good shot. Any secrets to your success?
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Thank you Lotuslady - It really depends on what you want to achieve as I usually shoot in manual (i.e. I picked my own shutter/aperture) with auto-ISO:

1) DOF is quite critical as usually you are shooting quite close to these birds. For my Bigma (50-500mm) even at f/8 the depth of field is quite shallow to capture the whole bird, but I can't push it any smaller because I'm stuck with the low-light from the cloud forest as the ISO will go up accordingly.

2) The shutter speed (again you'll be limited by the ISO) - I prefer motion blur to convey action in the wings while other will prefer a more frozen look so I varied my shutter speeds throughout the shoot to get both effect... (This image was captured @ 1/200, f/8)

3) Flash would be best, but I was not allowed to use them in this part of Costa Rica as there were 'NO FLASH' sign everywhere.
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NHL,

Thank you so much for answering my question. I am waiting for the migration of birds this spring. I am going to try to stop using the auto function and try to shoot more photos in manual mode.

I have been using my 150 - 600 mm Tamron lens so I am very excited to get the opportunity to shoot some wildlife. I have been practicing with robins. LOL.

Once the hummingbirds show up at my greenhouse I hope I will be ready and capture some wonderful photos like yours. I really appreciate the feedback.

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Magnificient indeed! Nice! Don't have that one hereabouts. Lotuslady if you want to freeze the wing motion you need to set the exposure to 1/1000th which is difficult to do in many situations if you aren't using flash.
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I agree.
However don't hesitate to use the lower shutter speeds either as they create the most interesting effects...

1/200s, f/8

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I agree with you as I don't really don't like those perfectly frozen humming bird pictures that they get with multiple flash setups. They look plastic to me. Nice shot above.
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Great shots! Depending on your camera, high ISO may have its limitation for causing the pictures to be very grainy. These are excellent shots and will be my reference standards!
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