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Here are few photos that I shot with Stephanie's Nikon D40.











I spent hours reading last night how to capture/shoot/photograph birds...hummingbirds and spent about thirty minutes setting my camera up in order to achieve these shots. The directions I took led to some good captures, but my lens lacks the capacity(speed) to really achieve what I was hunting for. Luckily, Stephanie's D40 and lens were the remedy to capturing some surreal photos.

I shot some with my D7000 and while they are good photos, they didn't quite capture what I was hoping for. I will post those later.
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Try 1/1,000,000 th of a second!!  Bucky
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Loan me your camera and I will give it a shot Eduardo.

Hey speaking of you, when are you and I going to go to Adair's and have some hamburgers.
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Skylar… those little critters are some of the hardest on earth to photograph.  Very good pictures.  As they would say in Texas (and Alabama)… "ya done good"...
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Nice shots, Sky! It's amazing how fast those tiny critters can move their wings!
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Somewhere I have a shot of one on a nest. Otherwise I've never gotten anything that really captured more than blurred wings.
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Skylar, we always have two feeders up and we take two of the flowers off each one so the Baltimore Orioles can use the feeders also. This year we had a Orchard Oriole show up, first one we'd ever seen.



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I took a few over labor day weekend of some hummingbirds

 
 
 
 
 
 


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I had a very different experience: saw some hummingbirds, thought "that'd make a cool picture", pointed, clicked, bam!  There were a few that weren't as good.

Fast lens and lots of light help with hummingbirds.
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I took these with my iphone a few years back. 



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WOW  Some really great pics!
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Hummingbird pictures are tough.

I am not sure what settings you used, but since you know they will be at the feeder, the best way to do this is to use zone focusing, bump the ISO and go at the fastest shutter speed the camera supports.

Then just burst as many shots as your camera's buffer can support without wasting time on focusing for every shot.

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Here are the captures from my camera.























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Very nice.
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My attempts today. Used my 70-200 f/4 lens @200mm on Nikon D800 @ f/4 w/ 1/2000th sec shutter and ISO 1600...












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Wow, Ted, those are fantastic pictures!
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Sure are!
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

My attempts today. Used my 70-200 f/4 lens @200mm on Nikon D800 @ f/4 w/ 1/2000th sec shutter and ISO 1600...
 
Show-off.  Whatever
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

My attempts today. Used my 70-200 f/4 lens @200mm on Nikon D800 @ f/4 w/ 1/2000th sec shutter and ISO 1600...
 
Show-off.  Whatever
Lol
 
The lens he used for these pictures,  is the same one that I am currently saving towards. Dirty Harry
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

My attempts today. Used my 70-200 f/4 lens @200mm on Nikon D800 @ f/4 w/ 1/2000th sec shutter and ISO 1600...












 
Momma Farris said those pictures are "S-W-E-E-T-!!!!"
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The old school method to freeze the action of humming bird wings is to use FLASH to do it.  Nice work Ted.  Jeff  great composition. 
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Yep, Ted's showing off.
Reminds me of a 2 day air show I was in. A guy was taking pictures of all the WWII aircraft as they made their passes down the runway on the first day. The second day he was showing off his work. His film was so fast that the props appeared to be stopped in the pictures, and the detail was so clear you could see the rivets. It was almost eerie to see a still B-29 just hanging in the air. Catching that kind of detail with a humming bird is great.
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

BB gun is funner than a camera

 

Also an effective way to get them to stay still.

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