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Posted By: GvilleRick, 06-22-2013, 08:13 PM

I've had the hummingbird feeder up for a while but finally have seen some regular attention to it, primarily by females. I moved a window feeder close to a small window in my living room and set up a couple of flashes (AF540 and a AF360 that has the hotshoe broken off.) Used the on camera flash in Control mode to trigger the externals. I set the camera up on a tripod and used a wireless remote trying various positions for the camera. Flashes were set to manual at 1/16 or 1/32 power and I shot in manual mode at 1/180" and f/8 to f/10 most of the time. Here's a look at the setup.



I had to block the closest hole in the feeder. One bird came to it before I blocked it and when she flew backwards she was just inside the window. She nearly bumped the flash on the left.

Here are some favorite shots.












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06-28-2013, 04:19 PM   #16
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Great photos, and spectacular angles on those little buggers..
Which lens is that, Sigma 70-200mm??
I have tried almost same set-up a couple of times at my inlaws and have had problems with ghosting..
DA 300mm..
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Great photos, and spectacular angles on those little buggers..
Which lens is that, Sigma 70-200mm??
I have tried almost same set-up a couple of times at my inlaws and have had problems with ghosting..
DA 300mm..
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I think these are all with the Sigma 70-200 (which is the lens in the photo of the set up.) I also shot some with my Tamron 90 and a few with the Pentax fa50. Love the Sigma, though, and it stays on the camera a lot of the time.

I had some ghosting as well, especially when it was pretty bright behind the feeder. I did enjoy playing with the angles and tried to entice them to a flower filed with nectar but they are more comfortable at the feeder. They usually are a little greedier near the end of the summer when they are preparing to migrate do hope to play a bit more with it them.
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After a week away on a cruise I returned home and have seen some young hummingbirds at the feeder and more males. I finally was able to get a few shots of the males this afternoon. They are still skittish but will return soon after I take the shot. Here are a few.









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Awesome shots-Great set up.--charliezap

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I added a perch to the feeder hoping to get a shot of the birds resting. The female was pretty cooperative.



I've noticed that the male birds have become much more regular and sometimes will stay for a bit even with the flash. I would say that over 75% of the visits today were by males and none of them used the perch.





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really enjoyed these photos good good work!
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Nice collection of shots, Rick!
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One thing I like about this forum is seeing how other members take photos by sharing their techniques.
Thanks for the hummingbirds and also the photo of your set-up.

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Wow ..brilliant set up and great shots.
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Thanks for the hummingbirds and also the photo of your set-up.
Thanks. It has been interesting seeing the changes in activity. The males are much more active now. Yesterday I was reading as I waited for a bird to come and saw a Carolina wren land on the sill and poke his head through the window to check things out.
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There are a couple of hummingbirds that have taken turns guarding the feeder today. I did get a shot of one showing that it is a young male (with the red spot on the throat.) The other seems to be a young bird as well, and a female.





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I sat at the window this morning watching the hummingbirds and shot with a single flash. I love this shot but wish I had been able to get the camera just a bit higher to catch the full wing. I had the Tamron 90 f/2/8 on the camera for this one.



The young males are being very territorial and this one has guarded the feeder much of the day. I pulled out the Bigma to get this shot.



Another with the Bigma.
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Not sure how much longer they will be around but the males have pretty well taken over the feeder. I've gotten a number of shots using the Tamron 90 f/2.8 macro set up on a tripod just a foot or two away from the feeder.







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Very excellent shots.Maybe I'll give it a try.-charliezap
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