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Old Dec 15, 2005, 4:44 AM   #1
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Old Dec 15, 2005, 7:51 AM   #2
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Beautiful! Wish the leaves weren't covering that other wing. Do you know what kind of hummer it is?
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Gracie - WOW! You should be really proud of yourself if this is your first Hummingbird in-flight photo. I, too, would like to know what kind of a Hummingbird this is. Did you see it recently? I live in Minnesota where we are getting alot of snow and our Hummingbirds left town some time ago! I miss them. What camera settings did you use to get this shot? Excellent color.
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WHOOPS! I think I need my morning coffee! I just realized Gracie didn't take this photo - NHL did! Sorry! Same questions and comments to YOU NHL!
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What camera settings did you use to get this shot? Excellent color.
Canon 10D (1/180s @ f/8 ) - The trick is to use flash, but even then it's too slow to stop the wings motion :idea:
(i.e. you don't need a high frame rate camera or anything like that since the flash can't keep up anyway...)


-> This one is easier (even though it's a smaller hummer) to capture since you can aim for the flower instead (1/200, f/6.7 @ 400mm with flash):


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WOW! I like the second Hummingbird photo even more!!!! And, it's a different Hummingbird. Where are you photographing these birds? Do you really have two different kinds coming to your yard? We only get the Ruby-throated Hummingbird here in the Twin Cities (Minnesota). Do you ever shoot at a faster speed to freeze the motion of the wings? I love the way the colors of the flower (in the second photo) complement the colors in the Hummer. Are you doing any color corrections? Again - absolutely fantastic photos - thank you for sharing your camera info too and the fact that you use a flash.
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You can surely try a faster shutter speed if you can - However a flash is already a 1/1000s burst, and even faster in the 1st picture since it was taken at a shorter (105mm) distance and the wings were still blurry... You also want a smaller aperture for the DOF to correct for any error in focus -> which means there's not much light left especially in the condition (ASA-400) where I was in: The tropical forest under the canopy of trees


Now this was tough: :G


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way dude!!!! Great shots!!!!

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Thank djb - this must be one of thoses times where one can appreciate the faster sync speed of the Nikon! :-)

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