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08-15-2010, 10:07 AM   #1
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Humming birds

attempting to get some pictures of a humming bird but im a having a little trouble getting the bird in focus. I set the focus on the feeder and wait for one to wiz by, i use the remote to grab as many photos as i can, here are a few. Any help would be appreciated!

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I sort of like these as they are- particularly the second. The bokeh is very nice! However, a longer lens would prove better in this case, IMO.

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08-15-2010, 03:06 PM   #3
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I was using a 100-300 zoom at 300, i was just a little far b/c i didn't want to scare any off. i got in much closer but unfortunately it started raining before any more came along, im going to go back out there tomorrow and see what i can do.
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I've been playing around with this one also. I'd suggest the following:

1) get the hummers comfortable with you or your equipment (i.e. set it up each day and move it a bit closer each day). You can use something that looks similar but get it so they will come to the feeder with you around. It's a lot easier to focus and get good shots if they are 5 feet from you
2) Use a fast lens. The slowest I've been using is a 2.0 - although my next outing will stop it down a bit (4 or 5.6)
3) Use a very fast shutter speed (I used 1/4000th of a second)
4) Use a decent ISO (400-800)
5) Use a flash - it'll help freeze the action

It's all about getting close enough so you don't have to crop (or mess too much with focusing), setting your camera speeds quickly enough so that you can freeze the action, and if possible setting a static focus range instead of trying to focus on each individual bird. I have my last attempt (minus the flash someone suggested) posted here:
PentaxForums.com - opiet70's Album: Messing with the Hummingbirds

They're not great but they are getting there

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