My first hummingbird photo this year.

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  1. davethehiker

    davethehiker

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    Don't you just hate when you trying to take a photo of some apple blossoms, using your laptop computers camera, then those pesky hummingbirds come along, fly into the computer screen and get stuck in the screen!
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    Nice pix, Dave!

    I have a flowering tree in my backyard that occasionally attracts hummingbirds, and one year, I sat on the deck with the birds in full view around the tree (some in sunshine), and tried to get a few decent photos (handheld). I literally took 300+ snaps in a two-day period, mostly of birds in flight. About 10 pics turned out decent, and 2-3 of the flight shots were nice enough to perhaps be worth printing. Fast little buggers, hard to focus on, and even harder to stop their motion w/sunlight.
     
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    Wow! Congrats on a great shot.
     
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    Great photo! Thanks for sharing!
     
  6. davethehiker

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    I'm not at all surprised by your yield. It's a hard thing to do. I'd suggest you use a tripod supporting a camera aimed at a place you expect them to come to. Some other things you are going to need include radio remote to fire trigger the shutter, and a fast focusing camera/lens combinations. If you want to knock it up a notch you are going to need some good radio controlled flashes near the birds. I use seven flashes firing at the same time!

    I developed my technique over about seven years of trial and error. I have been invited by various camera clubs to teach how I do this. I have also given classes in my home where others have have used my set up to take photos themselves. It requires the patience of Job and cat like reflexes. I also get a poor yield and miss many more shots than I take.

    Keep trying and good luck.
     
  7. Mahalo_.357sig

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    Hey I just caught this little guy that is a rare sight here in Las Vegas he is black w/white stripes. I took this pic with my cell phone LG Q7+ 13 MP approximately 6' above my head
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    Great pic, Dave. Keep them coming.
     
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