I'm confused about some things in your photos...I see things like 4/1000 second. I'm not used to seeing this. Isn't this really 1/250 second? I thought cameras usually reduce the speed fraction down to it's lowest common denominator. Also, at 110mm you must have been standing right next to them, or taking advantage of the D300S's megapixels and cropping? If you're this close....I'm so jealous!!
I have no idea why my Nikon does that...both the D100 and the new 300s do it I think I did a little bit of cropping on some of the shots but I am "right next to them" for the more recent feeder shots! Within five feet, sometimes within arms length
I've been trying to get close but not too close thinking I'll scare them away. I try to be sneaky about it and maybe that's what they sense and don't like. Perhaps I just need to set my stool right next to the feeder and let them start getting used to me and be more open about it.
Hmm, what do you do to get them to come to your hand? You put bait in it? Hold out your finger and just wait? Yes, sometimes I'm doing something in my yard with my back to the feeder, then turn around and see them flying away. They were there the whole time and didn't seem to mind me being there...often quite close.
That's a great idea again Ruth! Ever thought of becoming a bird trainer? That would be sooo cool to have them land on my finger but I'll definitely have to have my camera set up on a tripod with the remote release to capture that moment. When you talk about the red cup, are you talking about just holding the cup out in your hand? Offering your finger for a perch?
we have a small red plastic cup and I just hold it out...I think if you're going to try this then keep the regular feeder out of sight for most of the day and do this a early dusk or early morning while the birds are hungry.
thanks! if you want I'll send you the steps I was given...I haven't tried it on much else yet, but I love what it does to the feathers!! I got the steps that were done on my Clove in the Dark [link] note me your email, if you want them...
heading up to Iowa next week for a family reunion, and supposedly my aunt (where i will be staying) gets upwards of 20 hummingbirds at a time on the multiple feeders around her house. hope i can get some shots this good!
Ooo!! How fun! A tip I got from is to take all the feeders down except for one - makes them all come to that one where you can control things a little better...I've also had my daughter hold the feeder out where I can get a better angle on them or have a better background or have more light Photography - a family time event
my aunt does something i hadn't heard of: she puts orange slices on the hooks that hold up the hummingbird feeders and orioles come up to feed on them. really something to see both on a feeder at the same time.
I've heard about putting up oranges for the oriels but never next to or on the hummer feeder...makes lots of sense as the oriels will try like crazy to get into the hummingbird feeder! I think I'm going to try it
Very nice. You got wonderful detail on one. Did you use a tripod? It is so difficult to get DOF on a bird shot. I see that your aperture setting was f/11, I try to shoot with f/22 if light conditions allow, but Hummingbirds move so fast that you can't shoot with a slower shutter speed.
Yes, I was using a tripod and a wireless remote shutter (though I was standing right next to the camera they're not too afraid of me) My focal point was where the rear bird is, obviously, and then there were suddenly two!!..I've never seen two sitting so close before they were taking turns!! I did some shots with f/22 but didn't like how much stuff was showing in the background, the lavender bushes made it even more cluttered...