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    Essence of a hummingbird

    My favorite composition of a hummingbird................................

    Essence of a hummingbird

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Steve,

    Wow! Beautiful image.It's definitely a "gallery" shot.

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    My favorite composition of a hummingbird................................
    I wonder why?

    That is amazing! My compliments to you, Steve.

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    Excellent shot, Steve. A very creative interpretation (not just a 'bird shot')

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Beautiful colors.

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    I'd love to hear the details of how you caught this little guy so perfectly! I can't imagine getting a picture like that, hummingbirds move so quickly that I'd never be able to get him in the frame and focus before he's gone!

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim B. View Post
    Steve,

    Wow! Beautiful image.It's definitely a "gallery" shot.
    Thanks jim, i have only gotten 3 images like this so far. Everything has to fall into place to get the shot.

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I wonder why?

    That is amazing! My compliments to you, Steve.
    Thank you donald, most appreciated!

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Quote Originally Posted by carregwen View Post
    Excellent shot, Steve. A very creative interpretation (not just a 'bird shot')
    Thank you rob, this is the only way i have shot them that doesn't look like a snapshot.

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    Beautiful colors.
    Thanks john

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dansk View Post
    I'd love to hear the details of how you caught this little guy so perfectly! I can't imagine getting a picture like that, hummingbirds move so quickly that I'd never be able to get him in the frame and focus before he's gone!
    Kevin, my setup is sitting next to a feeder. The hard part is getting the bird to have it's back to you and then turning its head to the side. That is the composition that i like because of all the colors in the back feathers.(you also have to isolate the subject from the feeder).

    The background is a row of pine trees about 10 yards behind the feeder.

    The light is natural and coming from the side, illuminating the subject but not the background. (When you expose for the subject, the background gets darker) The dark background also creates another problem of slow shutter speeds. The close distance to the subject also adds to the problem with very shallow depth of field. An aperture of f/8 to f/13 is needed, which gives you even slower shutter speeds.

    The focus is set to Alservo . In the camera menu, you can turn off the focus search. This will allow you to get your focus close manually and then the auto focus will take over for a very short range.

    My distance to the feeder is about 10 feet.

    Equipment is a canon 40D.......Canon 300 f/4L lens + 1.4TC..........Monopod

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    I posted the other 2 before, but here are the 3 images i've gotten so far. Hope to get a few more..............

    Essence of a hummingbird

    Essence of a hummingbird


    This one is still my favorite.........

    Essence of a hummingbird

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    Very Very nice - all of them. I like the dark background, it is very distinctive and sets your shots apart from some others I have seen.
    Great work, they are so tiny and so fast, I know I'll be sticking to horses.

    Wendy

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    Kevin, my setup is sitting next to a feeder. The hard part is getting the bird to have it's back to you and then turning its head to the side. That is the composition that i like because of all the colors in the back feathers.(you also have to isolate the subject from the feeder).

    The background is a row of pine trees about 10 yards behind the feeder.

    The light is natural and coming from the side, illuminating the subject but not the background. (When you expose for the subject, the background gets darker) The dark background also creates another problem of slow shutter speeds. The close distance to the subject also adds to the problem with very shallow depth of field. An aperture of f/8 to f/13 is needed, which gives you even slower shutter speeds.

    The focus is set to Alservo . In the camera menu, you can turn off the focus search. This will allow you to get your focus close manually and then the auto focus will take over for a very short range.

    My distance to the feeder is about 10 feet.

    Equipment is a canon 40D.......Canon 300 f/4L lens + 1.4TC..........Monopod
    Amazing! Congratulations on those three shots, each of them is extraordinary!

    I love hummingbirds, I saw quite a few of them when I was working as a gardener last year. (For any Canadians in the crowd, I worked at Rideau Hall.) I loved the noise they made as they went whizzing past my head, like oversized bumblebees. Fascinating birds!

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    Wow, just wow... Beautiful work.

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    Re: Essence of a hummingbird

    The only critter I've found harder to catch is the hover fly. I have one (1) so far.

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