Hummingbirds and the D4

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Hummingbirds and the D4

I'm slowly getting to a few more hummer shots from my 2 weeks in June carting my gear around Ecuador scouting out the best lodges for Hummingbird photography and next year's workshop. The D4 performed great, and frames per second enabled so many keepers.

My main goal was to photograph different species of these fast moving birds. I used my D4 with my trusty 500mm f/4, but anything over 200mm would of worked great. I'm still working up my images (hundreds to go), so it's a slow trickle. I'm still amazed at the quality of the 500mm, as it's my go to lens for Bald Eagles, Bears and now Hummingbirds.

The Technical Details: Shutter Speed 1/250sec, Aperture f/18 or f20, ISO400-800, Exposure Program Manual Mode, 7 strobes from 1/8 to 1/64.  Flashes created affective shutter speed of 5000-10,000 second.

Booted Racket-tail

3 species in one shot.  Purple Throated Woodstar, Booted Racket-tail, Andean Emerald

Sword Bill

Buff-tailed Coronet

A pair of Booted Racket-tail

Violet Tailed Sylph

What happens when a hummingbird sneezes (I'm guessing)

Chestnut-Brested Coronet

More hummer images can be found here:

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D4, 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 105mm macro, 200-400mm, 500mm

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