I sat outside waiting for the Hummers,s but had my doubt as the weather was turning for the worse.Its started to rain and low and behold one appears but not for long .It darted from the Cana Lily's through the hedge with me in tow.I stuck the Lens through an opening and there she was but very frigidity. 1st shot the bird never saw me till the shutter went off and 2nd shot is when it turned around then flew of guess i was lucky.
Hello Al and thanks for the nice comment. Using the Nikon D200 ( old workhorse ) AF S 300mm F/2.8 G VRII. plus the TC-14EII converter... hoping soon to upgrade to the D800 but will still keep the D200.
Seen a few of your shots now and apart from your obvious skill it is clear that 300 f2.8 is special. All your pics show beautiful detail on the main subject.
I previously used a D200 (my brother has it now) and a D300. If considering it, no need to wait; the move to a D800 will offer 4 main advantages: - significantly refined menu and customisation options, the bigger LCD is nice too. - much faster AF - about 2.5 stops more high ISO capability (i.e same noise levels at ISO 2000 to what you are seeing now at ISO 350) and all the implications this has for low light - giving you about an extra half hour at dawn and dusk - dynamic range is visibly better with incredible shadow detail available.
Don't worry about the loss of crop factor because the D800 has higher pixel density than D200, so even when cropped to DX size, you still have 15.5 Mp instead of 10.2 Mp
Hello James thank you for the input on the D800 I guess I am going to wait just a little longer because of my trip tomorrow to Vancouver Island for the month of October . I have done a lot of reading up on the D800 and its definitely will be my next addition to the Bag. My Son lives on the Island and set up a few area,s of interest for shooting The Island Black Bear and The Wolf not to forget The Orca,s so when I get back I should have more to post and MAYBE a D800 in the Bag.
Thanks Tom.. I was just looking at the exif the figures are ISO 350 F4 1/350 -7 I don't normally go ISO 350 but the weather was crappy and the D200 is not to clean around there only under ideal conditions.
Very nice! I have never been able to photograph one of these neat little birds. The few times I have seen them, they have been to high up in the trees to photograph. Patience is a virtue, so hopefully soon!
Very nicely done Kip, especially considering the lighting you had to work with. If I could suggest something, crop them a little bit so they're not so centrally located. For example, on the first image, crop some off the bottom & RH side of the image.