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A few more Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
Lens: Tamron 90 f/2.8 Camera: K5IIs Photo Location: Greenville, SC 
Posted By: GvilleRick, 07-19-2014, 01:24 PM

I've had very little activity at the feeder this summer compared to last summer. Today was rainy and I had a couple that kept coming by and let me get some shots.








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Every day is a good day when the feisty little humming birds are buzzing around.
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Nice shots! we have three residents this summer. I got good shots last year and need to try again this year.
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I switched from the Tamron 90mm to my Pentax DA 18-135 today. A young male was pretty regular all day and chased away other visitors.





This was my favorite.



This last shot was using my Sigma 70-200.


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Nice lighting, is that from a flash or full time spot light?
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I used a pair of flashes with the camera set up on a tripod. I had a 540 set up to the left and above the feeder with a Stofen diffuser and a 360 below to the right. Both are about 18 inches away and set to 1/16 or 1/32 power. I was sitting across the room and triggered the camera with a remote after prefocusing.
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I took a few more this morning with the Sigma 70-200 and also shot some video. The young male is the most regular and spends a good bit of time perched above in an oak tree guarding "his" feeder. This shot was taken with the Bigma, the others with the 70-200 f/2.8.





Love the shots with the tail features fanned out.
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A few more Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
Think the bird in the first image is impostor or a fraud.

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Think the bird in the first image is impostor or a fraud.
He was determined to have the feeder all to himself. He would look around then preen a little then fly down for a drink or to chase away a competitor.
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He was determined to have the feeder all to himself
Aye but there's nothing "Ruby" about him at all.
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Great lighting idea, thanks for the details.
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Thanks for looking. The setup is similar to the one I posted about last year with this photo..

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Took a few more shots today without flash at high ISO. Haven't performed any noise reduction.





And one with flash set to high speed flash mode.

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Took a few more shots yesterday and today using the new K3. I waited until this one returned to sit on a branch outside a window.



This evening I was able to sit near the feeder and shoot rather than use the remote. Got a few more acrobatic poses.



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Now that the hummers are used to the camera and flash I tried the Tamron 90mm macro again and set it up six or so inches from the feeder to get some closeup shots.





Even closer (uncropped).
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