Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

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mshetzer
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Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images
Jun 19, 2012

I just got back from a fantastic trip to Ecuador after scouting out the various lodges for Hummingbird photography and next year's workshop. My main goal was to photograph different species of these fast moving birds. I used my D4 and a combination of the 200-400 and the 500mm depending on the location. The D4 made the shooting much easier than I had expected as the high ISO is excellent, and the FPS is certainly a plus. I'm a little over whelmed with all the images I need to process, but here are a couple that I have completed.

The Technical Details: Shutter Speed 1/250sec, Aperture f/18 or f20, ISO400-800, Exposure Program Manual Mode

More hummer photos from the trip can be found here.

http://www.shetzers.com/Photography-Workshop/Photo-Tours/Hummingbirds-Photo-Tour/23559813_3Wn2Z7# !i=1907841934&k=kcRpDPz

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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 19, 2012

Fantastic set of pictures, love the colors, sharpness and creamy background.

Did you shoot those in Mindo?

Thank you for posting.

Marcelo

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In reply to MarceloLI, Jun 19, 2012

Thanks Marcelo. I did spend 2 days in Mindo on the trip.
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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 19, 2012

Magnificent images. Thanks for sharing

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In reply to MarceloLI, Jun 19, 2012

What was the lighting for those? natural bright sunny day?

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Can't get much better than this!
In reply to mshetzer, Jun 19, 2012

Wow!!

Can you confirm the shutter speed? 1/250 seems quite show to catch these?

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Shoot like it's your last day..

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NeilJones wrote:

Wow!!

Can you confirm the shutter speed? 1/250 seems quite show to catch these?

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Shoot like it's your last day..

I was going to say the same thing. Not sure how you could have stopped their wings like that with 1/250

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In reply to Hughesnet, Jun 19, 2012

Beautiful photos but I agree on the shutter speed issue.

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In reply to Eff Stawp, Jun 19, 2012

This may be the shutter speed but it is not the strobe duration.

There are a number of setups that can be used to capture HB wings.

http://www.rpphoto.com/howto/hummer/humguide1.asp

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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 19, 2012

Wow! What else is there to say? Colors, sharpness, perfect! Have really enjoyed your pics over the years of the Bald Eagles and now your mastery of BIF has extended to Hummingbirds! Thanks for sharing, look forward to more.

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In reply to mike shaw, Jun 19, 2012

Thanks for all the kind words.

As for the shutter speed, 1/250 is what the camera uses, but that is not what is freezing the motion. I am using up to 7 flashes, all at 1/64 to 1/16 power which is equal to 1/10,000 to 1/5,000 second shutter speed. This combination is what freezes the wings.

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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 19, 2012

What a lovely collection!

Big thanks for sharing these beauties of nature.

Kind regards
Dileep

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Those are amazing. I would love to see a picture showing the setup for these images.

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In reply to Gary Anderson, Jun 19, 2012

Beautiful. Goes to show the d4 with a person that knows how to use it can do images such as these. I should classify that as being a very talented and experienced person who knows the ropes.

I am assuming you set the camera on manual exposure, then set the flash unit/s at 1/64 to 1/16 in TTL mode?

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In reply to mshetzer, Jun 19, 2012

Hi,

Very very nice set of images!

Thanks for sharing...

Regards

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In reply to rlopes, Jun 19, 2012

Incredible work. The best hummingbird shots I've seen.

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In reply to Brandon Herring, Jun 19, 2012

Great images, especially when taken in their natural habitat.
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Were these shot with lights?
In reply to mshetzer, Jun 19, 2012

If not, I don't see how you could possibly stop the wings in mid flight without massive blur at 1/250. Doesn't seem physically possible. The shots look unreal they are so still and clear.

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Jefpix...Please read the previous explainations for explaination.

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