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Old Nov 10, 2005, 6:48 PM   #1
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Well, I had a couple of posts on the Landscape board, so I thought a post a couple of pics over here. This was taken last spring. I have two others very similar. They were the absolute best hummer shots I've ever gotten. Took a break from the brids and haven't really attempted any more since spring. Got to get back out there soon.


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Old Nov 10, 2005, 7:36 PM   #2
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Very nice shot!

How can you tell it's a female?
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Old Nov 10, 2005, 8:58 PM   #3
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Thanks. I know it's a female because the male actually has the 'red-throat'. This isn't a very good pic, but at least you can see the red throat of the male.




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Old Nov 10, 2005, 11:39 PM   #4
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Wow! Nice to have that second shot to pull out!

So, do you wait for them near a feeder?

Curious to know what kind of camera your using, 'cause your getting awesome colors!
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Old Nov 11, 2005, 1:56 AM   #5
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I have quite a lot of hummer shots. That was most of my photography efforts last spring... shooting birds. I have a Minolta 7D that I purchased in March of this year to replace the Maxxum 5 that I broke a month or two earlier. I still have my kit lenses from the Maxxum 5, so I used the 75-300 to get these pics. These little critters are very trusting in time and if you are patient, they will come... even if you are very close.

As far as my set up, I don't have any proper trees in my yard for feeders, so I have deck hooks. But I hate having the ugly feeders in the pics, so I have branches strapped to the deck hooks also for them to perch on which then looks more natural. I have feeders with perches normally, but when I'm shooting, I put out a feederWITHOUT A PERCH so they will land on the branch in between feedings instead. They will also feed, then back up... then feed, and back up again. So, I focus my camera on the area where they back up, so I'm ready when they do. Takes some practice, but the timing gets a little easier. Most of these hints I learned from a photographer on another website.
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Old Nov 11, 2005, 9:51 AM   #6
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Outstanding.
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Old Nov 13, 2005, 4:09 PM   #7
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Gracie:

An outstanding capture.



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Old Nov 13, 2005, 4:16 PM   #8
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Beautiful shot, gacie !!
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 1:06 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone.:-)
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Very nice shots of a beautiful little bird. Takes a pretty fast shutter speed to overcome those wingbeats doesn't it?
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