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Ok, now the flood gate has opened, I am ADDICTED! LOL.......

 
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Sep 20, 2006 08:37 |  #1

Two weekends ago, i've captured a young female Rufous Hummingbird. It was my first decent hummningbird photos. I went back to the same place last weekend, the Rufous Hummingbird has left, but i saw this mature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Perhaps it was not a breeding season, the Ruby-throated looked more like a "Orange-throated" :lol:.

Uncropped, only resized and pp'ed. Hope you like them. C/C welcome.

I still can't figure out how to get the bill and tail in focus. The DoF is so narrow. If i reduce the aperture, the shutter speed would drop tremendously, makes it hard to shoot at 500mm.

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I just learned, the shiny throat only appeared in certain angle, when the light was reflected appropriately. Cool! :D

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He was quite a poser. Very cooperative too. ;)

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Look at the pollen. Someone needs to give him a hair wash.:lol:

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Sep 20, 2006 08:38 |  #2

Great work Fee, I especially like the last two images.


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Sep 20, 2006 09:18 |  #3

Well timed, well focused, and lovely captures Fee.


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Sep 20, 2006 09:53 |  #4

Lovely shots Fee. thanks for sharing.


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Sep 20, 2006 09:58 as a reply to  @ Reigh Higgins's post |  #5

Love number 3 :cool: .




  
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Sep 20, 2006 10:03 |  #6

Lovely shots! Nice addiction ;)


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Sep 20, 2006 10:06 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #7

Incredibly excellent!


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Sep 20, 2006 11:07 |  #8

These are great. I like hummingbirds colors with the fine details in the feathers.


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Sep 20, 2006 12:01 |  #9

Thanks for the nice comments Paul, Reyno, Reigh, Alan, CDS, Olli, Duane. Glad you like them.:)
I have to admit, at first i wasn't interested in hummer because they are too small in the frame, and too fast for my finger to respond :o. I'm glad that Saturday morning was slow and nothing much to shoot, until the birder told my about the Rufous. Now i find hummer is one of the most exciting birds to shoot.:lol:

The is only the second hummer species i have in my files. I hope to collect more. Next on my list is the Black-chinned hummer. Need to first find out where they hang out though. :D


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Sep 20, 2006 13:21 |  #10

Very nice...


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Sep 20, 2006 13:33 |  #11

For me number 2 is the stand out shot, showing off that beak. I'm really surprised in how narrow the DoF is in the shots, even at f/8, do the extension tubes effect the DoF at all? I guess to get 'all' of the bird in focus would be dependent on the angle on which it's posing, i.e. your best bet would be to capture the bird from the side maybe? I suppose that's where watching the bird over a period of time comes into play so that you can learn its favourite resting places (if hummningbirds have fav resting places?) and position yourself accordingly.

I'm looking forward to your next shots.

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PS. You're spot on mate, this bird photography thing IS extremely addictive :)


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Sep 20, 2006 13:36 |  #12

Lovely, Fee - no. 3's my favourite.




  
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Sep 20, 2006 13:38 |  #13

super detail-sharpness and color, what a stunning looking bird wish we got them but we dont :(
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Sep 20, 2006 14:21 |  #14

Great looking shots, I like them alot, nice find


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Sep 20, 2006 14:21 |  #15

Great detail on those shots...

The Rufus is a migratory bird and maybe thats why they have left. We get them here around about May...


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