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My first ever Hummingbirds...

 
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Aug 07, 2012 22:13 |  #1

here are my first ever Hummingbird shots..... now that I have a place that I can find them.... I want to go back everyday..... I did not know what the heck I was doing trying to use all of my flash... but it looks like I need to mess with my settings a little more... anyway let me know what you think...

Before the light was gone...

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Here is where I was using my flash, all 4 of them.

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And my top 2 picks from the day, with the last being my fav....

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Aug 07, 2012 22:38 |  #2

Ithink these are awesome.
What lens did you use?

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Aug 07, 2012 22:43 |  #3

Very nice Steve, I like them all.


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Aug 07, 2012 22:56 |  #4

Steve, these are great.




  
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Aug 07, 2012 23:09 |  #5

gordonb wrote in post #14828831 (external link)
Ithink these are awesome.
What lens did you use?

Gordon

Thank you, I was using my 500mm F4

L.J.G. wrote in post #14828848 (external link)
Very nice Steve, I like them all.

Thank you!!!

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Steve, these are great.

Thanks


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Aug 08, 2012 07:44 |  #6

Great shots. I'd like to see more hummingbirds.


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Aug 08, 2012 08:21 |  #7

very nice captures... I like the ones with the flash, kinda sets them apart from the background.


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Aug 08, 2012 09:56 |  #8

Wow, detail is awesome! Your flash shots w/ the black bg look like mine I just posted but your clarity is ten times better. I'd be interested in your settings-I can't acces the exif. Well done Steve!


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Aug 08, 2012 12:49 |  #9

ardeekay wrote in post #14830480 (external link)
Wow, detail is awesome! Your flash shots w/ the black bg look like mine I just posted but your clarity is ten times better. I'd be interested in your settings-I can't acces the exif. Well done Steve!

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I used 4 flash guns, with my remote triggers. I had them set to about 1/3rd power ? just a guess as I dont know because they are the cheap flash and have like 1-8 on the power setting and I was on 3. I was between 400 and 800 ISO and I could only use 1/250th SS as the flash are not ETTL. I was using my 500mm F4 some with and some without the 1.4tc. I was at F5.6 or so, also a 7D.


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Aug 08, 2012 19:41 |  #10

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I used 4 flash guns, with my remote triggers. I had them set to about 1/3rd power ? just a guess as I dont know because they are the cheap flash and have like 1-8 on the power setting and I was on 3. I was between 400 and 800 ISO and I could only use 1/250th SS as the flash are not ETTL. I was using my 500mm F4 some with and some without the 1.4tc. I was at F5.6 or so, also a 7D.

Oh, 4 flash guns. Ignore my question in the other thread. Thank you for the info.


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Aug 08, 2012 19:47 as a reply to  @ SteveJa's post |  #11

Steve, I had that invisible bill in the black bg too like in your 5th shot and was able to bring it out a bit w/ the dodge tool-midtones. FYI


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Aug 08, 2012 20:01 |  #12

I really like the 2 second to last!
Just a couple things I noticed:
I'm not a fan of man made objects in a nature photo; I always try to keep feeders out of my shots. Try cutting a small, dead sapling, and placing it close the feeder. The bird should land, and you can get more natural shots.

Also, your ISO noise seems to be a bit high, especially in the first and second.

Other than that, FANTASTIC job! :D


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Aug 08, 2012 21:08 |  #13

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I really like the 2 second to last!
Just a couple things I noticed:
I'm not a fan of man made objects in a nature photo; I always try to keep feeders out of my shots. Try cutting a small, dead sapling, and placing it close the feeder. The bird should land, and you can get more natural shots.

Also, your ISO noise seems to be a bit high, especially in the first and second.

Other than that, FANTASTIC job! :D

Thanks and yes the noise is bad as I was at 3200 ISO, and I only use DPP. I have thought about cleaning the ones up with the feeder, but I was just to happy that I got a few good shots and have not had time to do so but I will give it a try.


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Aug 08, 2012 22:40 |  #14

Yowza Steve! For your first Hummingbird shots you certainly knocked it out of the park. Take a very well deserved bow for these.

You will fiddle with exposure and take care of the noise issue easily. I so look forward to more!


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Aug 09, 2012 00:28 |  #15

Wow! These are awesome shots Steve! Shooting hummingbirds are really addicting, because the next shot is going to be your best shot :)


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