T2i + 55-250 Hummingbird

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mbrowne
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T2i + 55-250 Hummingbird
Aug 2, 2012

Hummers don't seem as numerous this year, but I caught this one yesterday at a butterfly bush. T2i, 55-250IS, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2000:

Canon EOS 550D (EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4)
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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 2, 2012

Great capture!
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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 2, 2012

Good catch. Sadly, we europeans can't shoot these pretty birds.
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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 2, 2012

mbrowne: Excellent effort; well done! Where were you? I'm sorry to hear hummers aren't abundant this year; I'm about to head to NM and I'm hoping to see lots of them. zigi_S: Of course Europeans are allowed to take photos of hummingbirds! But you have to come to the New World to see them in the wild.

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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 2, 2012

Nice picture.

I'm not seeing any fewer hummingbirds in Yorkshire this year, in fact I'm seeing precisely as many as I saw last year.

None.

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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 2, 2012

Now how could you get such a beautiful capture with such a low-end lens?
I see so much poor stuff from those with the Big Lenses and Big cameras!

Nice work; thanks for sharing

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Re: canuck dave. my sentiments exactly. lee uk

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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 2, 2012

Very nice and very jealous. I've never been successful trying photograph these little guys.

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Great shot!

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I wish I could say that was my capture. You must have managed to get pretty close somehow. Great job!

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In reply to karl mohr, Aug 2, 2012

Wow! Nice shot! Just goes to show you it's more the photographer than the equipment! ( I've seen lots of great results with this so-called "low end" lens from great photographers ) Good job! How close were you to it?

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In reply to Olga Johnson, Aug 3, 2012

Olga Johnson wrote:

Great capture!

Hey, Olga. Thanks! I like to wait for their wings to be forward like that then take the shot

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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 3, 2012

One of the finest hummer shots I've seen Nice job!

What metering mode did you use--evaluative, center weighted average, etc.?

Did you shoot this in RAW, and was there much work in post for noise? I ask because it's pretty 'smooth' for ISO 800. If there wasn't much to deal with the T2i handles it really well with good lighting like this.

Again, great photo. Blow this one up and hang it on the wall.

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In reply to L.Cline, Aug 3, 2012

1st off GREAT shot...

Lcline, I couldn't agree with you more on the low end lens response as I've seen this lens perform excellent time after time and have seen really poor photos from L series lenses so this DOES prove the fact of it's who is holding the camera and not what gear one is holding

I would love to hear how you got the shot such as raw etc but getting the shot sharp is another story . I have feeders all around my deck and Bee Balm all over my yard and the hummers that do come are return visitors and have a lot of trust in me because they come within a couple of feet from me all the time to investigate.

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In reply to mbrowne, Aug 3, 2012

Awesome shot!

I've seen a lot of shots of hummers at feeders but this is the first good shot that I've seen of one feeding at a flower. Way to go!

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In reply to canuck dave, Aug 3, 2012

canuck dave wrote:

Now how could you get such a beautiful capture with such a low-end lens?
I see so much poor stuff from those with the Big Lenses and Big cameras!

Nice work; thanks for sharing

I'm blessed out here with pretty steady lighting conditions. And yeah, I really don't ever think about low-end or any end I'm boggled at the people who think they should upgrade the "kit lens" before they even own the camera :/

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In reply to lapage, Aug 4, 2012

lapage wrote:

Very nice and very jealous. I've never been successful trying photograph these little guys.

Thanks! It makes it easier if they come to you I do my morning coffee ritual in my backyard, and shoot what comes through. These guys are usually around, though not as many this year.

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In reply to Y0GI, Aug 4, 2012

Exceptional Hummingbird capture!! I too love my nifty 250. lol I wondered if you used a flash for this photo? Again Kudos on a brilliant capture!

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L.Cline wrote:

Wow! Nice shot! Just goes to show you it's more the photographer than the equipment! ( I've seen lots of great results with this so-called "low end" lens from great photographers ) Good job! How close were you to it?

Thanks! They're about 8-9' away at that spot. I just sit there having my morning coffee and they come in to the flowers for their breakfast

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TC63 wrote:

1st off GREAT shot...

Thanks!

I would love to hear how you got the shot such as raw etc but getting the shot sharp is another story . I have feeders all around my deck and Bee Balm all over my yard and the hummers that do come are return visitors and have a lot of trust in me because they come within a couple of feet from me all the time to investigate.

I have way more misses than hits - they're just waaay too quick. I tried AI servo focus for a while, but went back to one-shot. It helps to know where they're going to be or where you can get a shot, and sort of prefocus and stay ready on that small area. Even at those shutter speeds, I use IS. I'm about 8-9' away usually. I always shoot RAW.

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