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Posted By: Damn Brit, 06-08-2009, 01:15 AM

I've been trying my hand at hummingbirds recently.

The first one was when I was using CF to track the hummer and I was pleasantly surprised at the effect.


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06-08-2009, 03:07 AM   #2
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Great shots Gary!
I like the surreal look of the first one. It looks to have been painted.
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These look really good, Gary. I never can capture these little devils, but your shots make me want to try again.

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These are pesky quick little buggers for sure - nice series. Some real good ones in there I love #3

06-08-2009, 11:14 AM   #5
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You know I am sucker for the trippy OOF stuff

I have not used CAF enough, but I like the weird oof area of the first one.

And I like the "Stand-off" in the 3rd one... They get so territorial over a gallon of sugar water...

But my fave hummer shots are the ones on branches... It is how we rarely see them and they always seem so 'at peace' when they are hidden away on a branch...


Did you say what lens you were using???
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QuoteOriginally posted by J.Scott Quote
Great shots Gary!
I like the surreal look of the first one. It looks to have been painted.
Thanks Jeff, I'm glad I'm not the only one that likes that first one.

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These look really good, Gary. I never can capture these little devils, but your shots make me want to try again.

Jer
Thanks Jer, luckily they are at my place of work and I'm the one who keeps the feeder full so they are quite used to me.

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These are pesky quick little buggers for sure - nice series. Some real good ones in there I love #3
Thanks Dave, when they are perched on the feeder and I take a shot, they get disturbed by the shutter noise and hover briefly before going back to the perch. That would be the best time to get them but they don't seem bothered by anything else other than the shutter.

QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
I have not used CAF enough, but I like the weird oof area of the first one.

And I like the "Stand-off" in the 3rd one... They get so territorial over a gallon of sugar water...

But my fave hummer shots are the ones on branches... It is how we rarely see them and they always seem so 'at peace' when they are hidden away on a branch...


Did you say what lens you were using???
Thanks Gus, I was using the DA55-300 @300mm.
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Gary,

Nice series. I really like hummingbird photos and these are excellent.

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gary, really like numero 2.... peek a boo.......
wonderful subject, wonderful capture...

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QuoteOriginally posted by sawtooth235 Quote
Gary,

Nice series. I really like hummingbird photos and these are excellent.

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Thanks Ray.

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gary, really like numero 2.... peek a boo.......
wonderful subject, wonderful capture...
Thanks, I can't decide whether that one is cute or cheeky.
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I got a couple more shots today. The first one surprised me, I believe it was taking a nap (crop included).

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great shots, Gary. ok, someone tell me what "CF" or "CAF" means...you guys using esoteric jargon.

i need to take another go at shooting hummingbirds - my early attempts were pretty weak and then after seeing Marc Languille's uber-fantastic shots, i sort of realized i should stick to the lumbering, easier to capture, american potato bug...(did anyone read my potato bug story??)...nevertheless, i did notice they like to perch on a bright red basketball hoop in the yard; maybe i can get close enough for a few shots.

well done, Gary.
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Thanks for the comments Mike.
CF or CAF = Continuous Focus.

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These hummers have no spinners. I'm disappointed, Gary.

2nd, 3rd and last picture of the first batch I particularly like, though the entire series is very good. I've never seen a hummingbird in real life; they must be tricky to track.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
These hummers have no spinners. I'm disappointed, Gary.

2nd, 3rd and last picture of the first batch I particularly like, though the entire series is very good. I've never seen a hummingbird in real life; they must be tricky to track.
They are pretty quick. Their also pretty brave when they're guarding their feeder. They buzz round your head and their wings make a sound like the light sabres in Star Wars.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
They are pretty quick. Their also pretty brave when they're guarding their feeder. They buzz round your head and their wings make a sound like the light sabres in Star Wars.
Perfect sound description Gary!!! Cool series and I like that "painted" look of #1.

I especially had a good chuckle when I see #2 - such a classic hummer shot - up pops the head, checking for threats....turns out it's some nutty paparazzi photographer.......

Wait... <Marc looks in the mirror>... I guess we are all lumped into the same club by the hummers, hey Gary?

Cheers,
Marc
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