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Camera: K5IIs Photo Location: Greenville, SC Shutter Speed: 1/180s 
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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Very cool!!
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Wow that sixth image is stunning, well done indeed.
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Great stuff. TFS.

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Those are great!
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Beautiful bird shots!
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fantastic shots
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Thanks to all that have looked. It has been fun watching them. Just wish I could get a male to come. I saw one this afternoon as I was switching the battery in the camera but he flew off when he saw me.

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Set the camera up with a little different angle. Still no male but got these that I liked.

Love the aerial acrobatics:

She will even pose for me.

Even though her head is obscured, I like the detail in this one.

One last pose before flying away.
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Almost got a shot of a male but he was spooked by the flash.

The females don't mind the flash at all.

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Love it.
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Love it.
Thanks, it has been fun. I finally was able to get a pretty good shot of a male yesterday morning. They just don't come to the feeder often and are more skittish when the camera fires.

I have been able to get various angles of the females.

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Now do a trick I use to make the pictures look more natural.
Move the feeder out of frame and get a flower from the garden that you can fill with sugar water, like an Agapanthus.
Place it near your feeder and point your camera at it instead.

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Impressive shots. I attempted a similar setup awhile back, but I only had the 360 flash, which has the automatic shutoff. Looks like you have mastered capturing hummers...
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Looks like a rewarding quest, to capture a good shot of these quick little things.

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