Oh noooo! Don't think that!! I felt the same when I first started watching Walt...practice helps, but mostly it is confidence and having the birds be used to you. And as always - lots and lots of shots
I was so thrilled that I got this fight!
Lots of the incredible hummer shooters here on dA spend lots of time and energy with flashes and strobes and I know that I should pay more attention, but I'm not usually willing to give up that much time the sun coming over my shoulder works pretty darn well
I know what you mean...it would really be a hassle to set up strobes and all that all the time but I'm simply gonna have to try...the results are too interesting. I know, I do get some good shots, but they just look so drab compared to yours and Walts.
I hadn't met any before I moved 450 miles away from my personal friend base and didn't know anyone except for my husband's family - I kept an eye out for photos of our new home area and started "talking" with the photographers eventually meeting up at the zoo or other public places. Now one is my best friend
Being "fairly" rural, I think, actually makes the animals more shy - where we are, at the end of a mile long gravel road that ends in a 1000's of acre cattle ranch, there's no cars to be wary of or hunters and only four homes each on about 10 acres. In reality the animals are shy but not too skittish as long as we stay far enough away...for that I love my 300mm lens and "lust" after something longer Many of my photos are taken from inside my house - a great 'blind' Another thing that allows the animals to come closer to the house is that we don't have a "manicured" yard - the natural hills/trees/grass surrounds us except for a small fenced garden...so the deer will wander by on their regular foraging trails.
Nice! I don't see too many photos of my area on here, Flickr is better for that. I'm yet to meet someone off here.
I would agree with you about the shyness. I think they're used to humans enough to come into town but they're too shy to hang around when we come out as they know what we are. You're better where they have nothing to be scared of. I would love to live in a place like yours. Not for another few years yet, gotta finish uni and get a job to afford the extortionately priced rural homes here.
I would love a longer lens but they're so expensive I'll keep my fingers crossed for the lottery then . I try and take photos from in my house as we get a good selection of birds in our garden but even then my camera is so noisy it scares them away my 21st is coming, I'm gonna get a new camera ahah.
To be honest the photos weren't exactly of my area - more like about an hour away (Lake Tahoe or pics of Sacramento - California's capital, also about an hour away in the opposite direction) but still "close"
we were only able to afford this kind of home-small'ish/property-large'ish by leaving southern california where we bought our first condo back in 1985...we sold our home (the third one we'd owned - always selling the current first and "moving up") and were able to reap the rewards by paying cash up here where things are MUCH less expensive - mostly because we are very, very remote LOL.
So keep on task with Uni!!! (My daughter , who is 21, will be entering her final year at Uni this fall - she is soooo tired of school, lol)
I know what you mean about costs on the lenses! I got my "new" macro for less through ebay...birthdays are always good for new "toys" I got my Nikon d300s for our 25th anniversary/Christmas/birthday
Thanks so much! I was thrilled that I was able to catch this 'dogfight'! They were buzzing all around me and I kept wildly shooting, lol, finally realized I had to stay more centralized right by the feeder and eventually they came to me
Well, we have Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, but nothing else. They're pretty, but not quite as striking as the Anna's Hummingbirds and some of the other southern hummers. And we don't have a very hummer-friendly yard, so I don't see them too often
It does seem that Ruby's are the most traveled east of the Rockies - main difference is Anna's have the whole red helmet, so yeah, when the sun is right they are flashy! A feeder will bring them to an apartment so if you want .....