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Hummers in our back yar
Lens: 55-300 Pentax Camera: K-20 Photo Location: wisconsin ISO: 6400 Shutter Speed: 4s Aperture: F5.8 
Posted By: theoicarry, 06-02-2012, 02:22 PM

Hummers feeding in our back yard. Just enjoy watching them and taking pictures

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06-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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I was wrong, shutter speed was 1600 not 6400 as I stated on the post.
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QuoteOriginally posted by theoicarry Quote
shutter speed was 1600 not 6400
Actually it wasn't your shutter speed, it was you ISO/film speed. Your Shutter speed was quite low at 1/4s for shooting these birds. They and other birds need a fast shutter speed to stop them in motion. Birds move, whether you see it or not. The second shot is completely out of focus. Unless you use a flash, the consensus is, 1.5 times your focal length. So, for your 55-300 at 300mm your shutter speed should be at least 1/450s.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady Quote
Actually it wasn't your shutter speed, it was you ISO/film speed. Your Shutter speed was quite low at 1/4s for shooting these birds. They and other birds need a fast shutter speed to stop them in motion. Birds move, whether you see it or not. The second shot is completely out of focus. Unless you use a flash, the consensus is, 1.5 times your focal length. So, for your 55-300 at 300mm your shutter speed should be at least 1/450s.
Not to be contradictory, but I think the shutter speed was 1/4000 second. Anyway. hummers are great fun. Keep shooting 'em!

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Could have been, but 1/4000s should have stopped that second shot it its tracks. Higher fstop would have given more detail...ie, f7.1 or f8.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photolady Quote
Actually it wasn't your shutter speed, it was you ISO/film speed. Your Shutter speed was quite low at 1/4s for shooting these birds. They and other birds need a fast shutter speed to stop them in motion. Birds move, whether you see it or not. The second shot is completely out of focus. Unless you use a flash, the consensus is, 1.5 times your focal length. So, for your 55-300 at 300mm your shutter speed should be at least 1/450s.
You are correct. I miss quoted what I was attempting to say. Anyway I had fun. I missed some cranes doing their mating dance this spring, went for a walk and left the camera, go figure???????
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QuoteOriginally posted by theoicarry Quote
I missed some cranes doing their mating dance this spring, went for a walk and left the camera, go figure???????
Been there too. In my backyard I feed the birds and squirrels but I also garden, so when I'm gardening, some times I can walk within five feet of the feeder and a bird lands in a tree....my camera is naturally in the house..
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Both shots are at 1/4000 and both look frozen in time. The second shot looks like a heavy crop and you are seeing the grain in the image. Possibly should have gone down to 1/1000 and ISO 400 for a better balance.

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Both shots are at 1/4000 and both look frozen in time. The second shot looks like a heavy crop and you are seeing the grain in the image. Possibly should have gone down to 1/1000 and ISO 400 for a better balance.
I will try that this afternoon.
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Well, it matters not that these may never make it into Nat. Geo magazine but I can tell you had fun taking them and that in itself will cause a learning curve on shutter speed, etc. Keep taking them and posting them as I enjoy seeing bird shots because I too learn from the experiences of others.
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I too love to watch the hummingbirds and have not been able to get a good shot of them but sure have fun tryings. Your first shot is very very nice! Your second is what I aspire to without the noise... let's keep trying
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Nice shots of the hummers
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Nice shots of the hummers
I took the advice given me as I said I would. Here is my favorite this afternoon. I love taking shots of all kinds of wild critters. I spent about three hours just waiting on my deck as the little buggers would just not come in and feed. I got about 12 shots all in seconds.

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Nice shot, and looks like you got the right balance between ISO and shutter speed. All I can say is as long as they keep visiting, keep shooting.
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