Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

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mshetzer
mshetzer Contributing Member • Posts: 621
Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

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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MarceloLI
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Re: Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

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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mshetzer
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Re: Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

Thanks Marcelo. I did spend 2 days in Mindo on the trip.
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Mark K
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Magnificent images. Thanks for sharing

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

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NeilJones
NeilJones Veteran Member • Posts: 5,401
Can't get much better than this!

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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Hughesnet
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Re: Can't get much better than this!

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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Eff Stawp
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Re: Can't get much better than this!

Beautiful photos but I agree on the shutter speed issue.

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sssesq
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Re: Can't get much better than this!

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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mike shaw
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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.

Mike

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mshetzer
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Re: Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

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.

Matt

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Dileep Kumar
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What a lovely collection!

Big thanks for sharing these beauties of nature.

Kind regards
Dileep

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

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larrywilson
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Re: Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

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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rlopes
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Re: Hummingbirds and the D4 visits Ecuador - Large Images

Hi,

Very very nice set of images!

Thanks for sharing...

Regards

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

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Red G8R
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Great images, especially when taken in their natural habitat.
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Jefpix
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Were these shot with lights?

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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sssesq
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Re: Were these shot with lights?

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

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