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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2007Thu 25-Jul-13 03:28 AM
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"Flying hummingbirds. How do they do it? 4 images..."


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I took these during the midday sun, today. By bouncing a flash off a big piece of white mat board lying on the ground under the birds, I was able to get some light on their undersides without blasting them directly into the eyes.

D800 w70-200vr. 1.7tc. SB-800 Speedlight/w/extension cord, tripod. f6.7, 1/1250s, 800 iso.

Thanks for looking,

Tom












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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Thu 25-Jul-13 03:55 AM
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Nice work Tom!

These are unique humming birds shots – I love the spread tail feathers.

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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2007Thu 25-Jul-13 05:54 AM
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Thanks Dave. It was enjoyable to use a lens that I have not used for a while, the 70-200. I'm growing tired of the monster 600mm that I've being using lately.

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Very nice captures, Tom! Great idea with the lighting, too. I was wondering why you chose an ISO of 800?
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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2007Thu 25-Jul-13 06:51 AM
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>I was wondering why you chose an ISO of 800?|<


Hi Kelly. Thanks for the nice comment on the images. It was partly cloudy. I needed 800 iso to create a 1/1250s shutter to freeze the wing beat, plus the females were fighting over the feeder and a male was acting as a complete bully. There were 5 or 6 birds buzzing in and out in a complete feeding frenzy.

My skills with a flash are not very good, but I was thinking about adjusting my rigging to get better overall lighting by bouncing some with a additional flash and reflector.

Or getting there when the light is better, like early in the morning. These guys will be here until October, so I've got plenty of time to photograph them. They just started coming to the feeders in numbers, because (I assume) the wildflower bloom of Spring is over and no one has any feeders out, because it is farm and cows country with very few residences.

If you have any suggestions about photographing hummingbirds, let me know. Sorry about running on so long!

Thanks again,

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Tom:

Very nice sequence!

We have a male bully around our feeder also.

We call him "Attila the Hum".

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>We have a male bully around our feeder also.
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>We call him "Attila the Hum".
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Thanks Hal, I appreciate the comment. "Attila the Hum," that's a good one. Intriguing little creatures, the hummingbirds. .

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Tom

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Very nice work. I've seen that 1/8000s virtually stops the propeller of a turboprop airplane, but your photos show that 1/1250s doesn't come close to freezing the wingtips of hummingbird.

You may want to see how the propeller looks at 1/8000s here:

http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=set_linear_mode&forum=175&topic_id=92119&prev_page=show_topic

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Thanks Antero, I opened your link, that's a very interesting story. You are right, the 1/1250 didn't completely freeze the wings. High speed shutter is a interesting topic!

Tom

  

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Nice looking set Tom.
The fanned out tail is nice.
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Thanks Rick.

  

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Hi Tom.

Great idea with the reflector. I really like the way these look. The spread tails are special.

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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2007Fri 26-Jul-13 01:39 PM
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Hi Jim and thanks. I really want to get some good hummingbird shots this year.

Tom

  

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Jim Pearce Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004Fri 26-Jul-13 04:25 AM
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Tom, this guy's write-up is the standard approach: http://www.pbase.com/keithrankin/image/72719995 .

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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2007Fri 26-Jul-13 02:47 PM
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Thanks for the reply. The photos from the link were impressive. Keith is hard core about his humming birds.

Tom


  

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Great shots!

  

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Thanks Michael.

  

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Nice shots Tom. I do a lot of hummingbirds too and know how much planning you did to get those shots. Well done

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Countryboy Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2007Mon 29-Jul-13 02:44 AM
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"RE: Flying hummingbirds. How do they do it? 4 images..."


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Thanks you Tom. I'm still working on background ideas and lighting. Getting some good input from fellow members.

Tom

  

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Thanks you Tom. I'm still working on background ideas and lighting. Getting some good input from fellow members.

Tom

  

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Hi Tom,

Capturing humming bird images is addictive. The article that Jim referenced to you has some good info.

When I take hummer images I use at least 3 flashes if not 4. I like to set up my camera on a tripod mounted to a side kick. I have found that if I can use umbrellas I can better focus the light in the direction that I want to shoot. I also like to shoot early morning or late evening so that the flash is dominant light. You have use your flash at a low setting like 1/64 or if you can 1/128s. In other words, the lower the flash setting the faster the light not power. This is what will stop the wings. The faster light flash.
My feeders are set up on my deck so that makes it pretty simple to do. I can put a SB600 with diffuser on the deck rail on a clamp to light the underneath side and the 3 SB800's were I like.
Some times I like to isolate the birds by using high key or low key set up. For high key I just take a piece of 24X36 inch white foam core board attached to a light stand about 5 feet opposite my camera position.

You can do this with less flashes but you just have less light to work with.

Lots of great info right here on Nikonians a great place.

Hope this helps and great shooting and have fun.

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Hi John, thanks for sharing your work. Very nice and sharp images, especially like the one with the white background. And thanks for the info about flash---interesting and informative.

Tom

  

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Great series Tom!! Are they Broadtail Hummers?

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US
          

Hi Vaughn, they are Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, but they resemble the Broadtails--had to look them up. It appears that you have them all to yourself out there in the Rockies.

Tom

PS, the only hummingbird in west Tennessee is the Ruby-throated.

  

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Mankato, US
          

Tom, Great angles on those little guys! ISO 800 is a very clean ISO on a D800. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot all the way up to 2000. The advice of more flashes is good too as the flash burst will freeze the birds better than non-flashed high SS set up could.

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