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DA*300 and Hummingbirds
Lens: DA*300 Camera: K-5IIs Photo Location: Southwestern Ohio 
Posted By: Bud, 06-05-2015, 09:36 PM

Salvia Involucrata X 'Mulberry Jam'

1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso800


1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso2200


Justicia brandegea - 'Shrimp Plant'

1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso1600


1/500s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso1600







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A great set of pics. I won't ask how many shots it took to get these keepers
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Beautiful shots Bud - well done.
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Really nice shots could you share your method of shooting with the 300?

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Just amazing--as good as all of them are, it's the penultimate shot that really strikes my fancy.
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Wow, wow, wow, Great shots. How you can get close to those little critters beats the heck out of me ? My neighbor has a bird feeder which attracts a lot of hummingbirds in the Spring, but you can get no more than about 30 feet away before they see you and fly away. They look more like bugs than birds.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PJ1 Quote
A great set of pics. I won't ask how many shots it took to get these keepers
Thanks…probably not as many as you might think... This is the 8th year of my hummingbird obsession and my keeper rate isn't too shabby

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Beautiful shots Bud - well done.
Thanks!

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Really nice shots could you share your method of shooting with the 300?
Thanks! I use spot focus and metering and in sunny conditions, I shoot in TAv mode. When it's overcast with consistent light, I prefer manual settings. Most of my hummingbird images are hand-held with available light because I like to be able to move quickly to different settings around my yard. I observe the behavior of individual birds and try to anticipate where they'll feed next and focus on the tips of those blooms. If they stay longer than a couple seconds, I attempt to refocus on the hummingbird's eye(s).

And, I'm really, really …. patient Please feel free to ask any other specific questions you might have, and I'll be happy to try to answer.

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Just amazing--as good as all of them are, it's the penultimate shot that really strikes my fancy.
Thanks… those stretch poses are always my favorites, too. And "penultimate"… one of my favorite words of which I really can't quite understand the origin. It makes me smile every time I see it

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Wow, wow, wow, Great shots. How you can get close to those little critters beats the heck out of me ? My neighbor has a bird feeder which attracts a lot of hummingbirds in the Spring, but you can get no more than about 30 feet away before they see you and fly away. They look more like bugs than birds.
Thank you! It's all about blending in to the surroundings and allowing them to adjust your presence. Pull up a chair and a few good blooms… avoid sudden movements… and fire away
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Really great pictures. Thank you for having so much patience so we could see these. Well done all the way around.

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