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May 03, 2019 04:44 |  #1

Hummingbird wings beat approx. 80 times per second, or more, perhaps
as much as 200 beats per second. To stop wing motion, one must use a
very fast shutter speed - faster than most cameras have the
capability to attain and still produce adequate exposure with standard
lenses.

Instead, I used off-camera flash units, set to 1/8000 and 1/16000 second flash
duration. Here is a photo of the setup. The short duration flashes
provide all the light for the exposure. Camera iso/f-stop/shutter settings
such that frame is quite under-exposed without flash.

www.wyomerc.com/photog​raphy/wildlife/Humming​BirdSetup.jpg (external link)

The flash units are triggered wirelessly from a master unit mounted on
the camera, the slave units can be seen under the flash units.

Two photos from the session:

www.wyomerc.com/photog​raphy/wildlife/Humming​Bird20190430_1.png (external link)

www.wyomerc.com/photog​raphy/wildlife/Humming​Bird20190430_2.png (external link)

I plan to do more photography of the hummingbirds in the next few days.
These are at the home of a friend near Curtin Oregon.


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May 04, 2019 15:54 |  #2

Interesting setup. Thanks for sharing. I don't have all that equipment and I've never even used a flash before, so I just went old-school with my hummer shots by lowering the shutter speed to a crawl.


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Jun 20, 2019 10:56 |  #3

I have never used a flash for in flights, although I have seens some fantastic shots from flash setups. Generally I think a little wing blur is accepted by most for hummers as they are also blurry with the naked eye.

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Jun 20, 2019 17:20 as a reply to  @ rgfrison's post |  #4

I like the wing blur too. Even a little more blur. It shows motion.


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Jun 22, 2019 18:23 |  #5

Blast from the past...

IMAGE: https://photos.smugmug.com/Nature/TrempRefuge/i-J6NcSwC/0/00538729/XL/_MG_6128%20copy-XL.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://photos.smugmug​.com …28%20copy-XL.jpg&lb=1&s=A  (external link) on Smugmug

ISO 400
Focal Length 400.0 mm (628.1 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/5.6
Exposure Time 0.00063s (1/1600)

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Jun 23, 2019 08:01 |  #6

I have also never used flash for birds. I shot this with my Canon 70-200 2.8
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Jul 17, 2019 11:06 |  #7

The setup GJim is using and describes works well.

Here's an old one that should have been shot at a lower ISO. Live and learn. There's a feeding tube hidden in the flowers to help the models hit their spots and pose for the camera.


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