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New hummingbird images... (warning- some large files)
Posted By: Marc Langille, 09-02-2007, 03:55 PM

First off, thanks to Chris for the challenge, and I appreciate the fact that you honor me with that challenge... As you may know, I am considering multiple images for the NANPA Expressions competition, and some may be the hummingbird images.

That being said, here we go... the first image has no sharpening - this is the actual unmodified (no corrections of any kind) image from the RAW file...

Taken at F/6.7, 1/500 sec., ISO 200;




Taken at F/6.7, 1/500 sec., ISO 200:




Taken at F/6.7, 1/500 sec., ISO 200:


Taken at F/5.6, 1/350 sec., ISO 200:


Everything was shot in M mode (manual), focus trapped, with the intent to slightly underexpose the shots. This avoids blowing out the white chest of the bird, but not too dark in terms of the overall image. Normally I was 1-2 stops underexposed.

Cheers!
Marc

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09-02-2007, 04:14 PM   #2
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Wow, great detail on these shots. I didn't know that hummingbirds had eyelashes.
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Hey Marc, how do you focus trap on the K10D??????
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your hummer pictures makes mine look sad =(. Great shots

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Beautiful pics, Marc and thanx to Chris for issuing the challenge. What lens were these shot with? the detail is excellent
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In flight shots are always difficult. A great series, Marc

I would love to see it in real life myself.

Great shots as usual
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Great shots Marc. The third is absolutely stunning!
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Wow, great detail on these shots. I didn't know that hummingbirds had eyelashes.
Thanks! Yes, it is kinda scary, isn't it!

Cheers,
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Hey Marc, how do you focus trap on the K10D??????
Hey Chris,

Just focus lock on the spot you want, then either switch to MF on the body or lens, then wait, using a cabled remote to trigger the shutter. That or you can hold your finger on the shutter button the entire time and follow them around... which is what I do...

My method usually results in insanity, blindness, etc.

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your hummer pictures makes mine look sad =(. Great shots
Hi Johny,

Thanks for the comments. Be advised that mine were quite bad to start with! We all start there, no question.

Cheers,
Marc

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Beautiful pics, Marc and thanx to Chris for issuing the challenge. What lens were these shot with? the detail is excellent
Hi Ivoire,

Thank you for the kind words. The lens used is one of the legends in terms of sharpness and clarity - it's the FA* 300/2.8. It's sharp even in the corners at 2.8. No teleconverter used.

Cheers,
Marc
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In flight shots are always difficult. A great series, Marc

I would love to see it in real life myself.

Great shots as usual
Thanks James! It's an airshow here, no question, with 20+ hummers wizzing around me. I'm actually amongst the feeders, and they've even left a deposit on the back of my ear...


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Great shots Marc. The third is absolutely stunning!
Thanks Andrew - much appreciated. I've got several more, and now I need to decide which ones to submit.

Cheers,
Marc
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Man, those are a quality of shot I only dream of...... Wow!
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Beautiful!

Great shots, Marc!

Prepare for Landing is my favourite.

There's a real shortage of hummingbirds in my area this year for some reason.

This is the only one that's gotten in range - last night. Must be a mutant, it's so big:



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Man, those are a quality of shot I only dream of...... Wow!
Thanks Scott - it's a lot of patience and observation to get these photos!

Cheers,
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Mark, these are out of this world hummer shots, thanks for sharing them.

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