HOW TO SET UP- Hummingbird photography

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bshort Regular Member • Posts: 147
Re: HOW TO SET UP- Hummingbird photography

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StillLearning
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Re: This is Great.

Keith, you've brought many of us together to share our experiences and pictures. I am really enjoying this. The little guys and gals have really started getting active again. I don't know it is their second mating season or if it's because the monsoons are getting ready here in the desert. Watched a male Anna sitting in my front yard tree during a dust storm. The branch he was sitting on was whipping around but he stayed glued to it. I'm getting more impressed with these little guys as I photograph them and observe them. I also noticed they keep the woodpeckers away since they've been around. Beats having to put up a fake owl to keep those guys from pecking holes in my house. I'll leave with a picture of the little guy that survived the dust storm. He was either cleaning up or just waiting for me to get out of the way of the feeder.

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OP Keith Rankin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,400
Debbie :)

S W E E T, you go girl........................awesome shot Debbie, congrats......................let see some more, very proud of you! Now your singing , well deserved and oh btw way, that shot was all because of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I read all of your hummer posts!!! Thanks so much for this! Because
of you I did this

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OP Keith Rankin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,400
Re: This is Great.

Luv the pose Gary nicely done!

StillLearning wrote:

Keith, you've brought many of us together to share our experiences
and pictures. I am really enjoying this. The little guys and gals
have really started getting active again. I don't know it is their
second mating season or if it's because the monsoons are getting
ready here in the desert. Watched a male Anna sitting in my front
yard tree during a dust storm. The branch he was sitting on was
whipping around but he stayed glued to it. I'm getting more
impressed with these little guys as I photograph them and observe
them. I also noticed they keep the woodpeckers away since they've
been around. Beats having to put up a fake owl to keep those guys
from pecking holes in my house. I'll leave with a picture of the
little guy that survived the dust storm. He was either cleaning up
or just waiting for me to get out of the way of the feeder.

AZSheldon
AZSheldon Contributing Member • Posts: 527
We have one - actually two...

OK, don't laugh... my first hummingbird photography, using a D200, 18-200mm VR, SB-800 on camera. A friend in Tucson thinks this is a female Anna's Hummingbird.

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StillLearning
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Re: We have one - actually two...

Yep, looks like one.

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AZSheldon
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Re: We have one - actually two...

Hi Gary... yea, I can count, but I received a phone call and had to cut the message short. We have a corner lot and only two adjoining neighbors, and this little lady has been traveling around the close vicinity with another mostly between our three lots. They seem to be quite active. One will be at the feeder, and then the other will buzz up and they'll both fly around for a while.

They are interesting to watch while we enjoy a cup of coffee on our patio swing in the morning.

Now that we have temps in the 110 degree (F) range, I'm wondering what hummingbirds will migrate our way when the fall arrives with cooler temps.

Jack

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StillLearning
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Re: We have one - actually two...

I've only been doing hummingbirds since April. I've only seen Anna's and Black-Chinned. I understand there are plenty of varietys down around Tucson and south in the mountains and canyons. What I've read is the Anna's will stay around in the winter if there is a food supply and the others migrate down into Mexico and Central America. Next spring is a good time to go down to the mountains and canyons south of Tucson when they come back. At least this is what I've heard. I will have to gather more information before then.

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CCathy New Member • Posts: 9
Re: We have one - actually two...

This thread started something. I'd been working at my computer when a hummingbird stared at me through the window. That was all I needed to go put up a feeder just outside the window. Here's a shot of my new little friend. She's guards this feeder and chases away all the other hummers.

Any suggestions on how I can get more than just one hummingbird are welcome! I'm not complaining - this one loves to sit and pose.
D200, 70-200VR -- taken through the window.

JamesMor Veteran Member • Posts: 3,274
Great Thread!!

Thanks!

James

CCathy wrote:

This thread started something. I'd been working at my computer when
a hummingbird stared at me through the window. That was all I
needed to go put up a feeder just outside the window. Here's a shot
of my new little friend. She's guards this feeder and chases away
all the other hummers.
Any suggestions on how I can get more than just one hummingbird are
welcome! I'm not complaining - this one loves to sit and pose.
D200, 70-200VR -- taken through the window.

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Zane Paxton Veteran Member • Posts: 6,947
For Keith

Keith Rankin wrote:

Hummingbird photography is addictive!!! Stimulates your creativity,
not only challenges you but takes you to great places, and
hopefully rewards you with some great pics of these little gems.

Keith,

You are the master! The images are impeccable and thanks for the expert commentary on the craft. (A master photographer will effortlessly merge art & craft seamlessly into the act of seeing).

Well done and thanks for posting!

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Zane

Man are you good for the ego. LOL...............I still have lots to learn but thanks for the vote of confidence

have a great long weekend Zane!

Keith

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Keith,

You are the master! The images are impeccable and thanks for the
expert commentary on the craft. (A master photographer will
effortlessly merge art & craft seamlessly into the act of seeing).

Well done and thanks for posting!

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OP Keith Rankin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,400
Cathy

excellent job, nicely done.......

CCathy wrote:

This thread started something. I'd been working at my computer when
a hummingbird stared at me through the window. That was all I
needed to go put up a feeder just outside the window. Here's a shot
of my new little friend. She's guards this feeder and chases away
all the other hummers.
Any suggestions on how I can get more than just one hummingbird are
welcome! I'm not complaining - this one loves to sit and pose.
D200, 70-200VR -- taken through the window.

JulianK Regular Member • Posts: 263
Re: HOW TO SET UP- Hummingbird photography

Many thanks!

Great info!

Violadeity Senior Member • Posts: 1,139
Re: HOW TO SET UP- Hummingbird photography

wow!

hummers aren't a facet of photography i'm necessarily "into". the tutorial is fantastic though...very clearly laid out...and obviously produces fantastic results.

but i just wanted to express how much your images totally blew my mind.

just...wow. 8-o

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OP Keith Rankin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,400
Voladeity

thanks, for the kind words, glad some are getting something out of this.

I have to wait patiently to do this again next year when the hummers come back, see what else I can do to keep myself occuppied. LOL

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend!

Keith

Violadeity wrote:

wow!

hummers aren't a facet of photography i'm necessarily "into". the
tutorial is fantastic though...very clearly laid out...and
obviously produces fantastic results.

but i just wanted to express how much your images totally blew my
mind.

just...wow. 8-o

OP Keith Rankin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,400
thx Julian :) (nt)

JulianK wrote:

Many thanks!

Great info!

TrekSF6 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,090
Re: HOW TO SET UP- Hummingbird photography

Great guide. It almost makes me want to try Hummingbird photography. Even though I will probably never try this, I still wanted to thank you for posting such an informative and detailed guide. People like you are what make this forum so awesome.
Thanks!
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Steve Bingham
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Very professional, Keith!

Extremely well done - and time consuming. Take a bow.
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AZSheldon
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Yes, Tucson is a great place for HB's

Tucson is slightly higher in elevation that the Phoenix metro area, and there is more wildlife closer to the town, which of course is smaller. There is the Saguaro National Monument(s) (both east and west of the Tucson metro area), and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum west of town, which is quite an awesome place and great place for photography.

http://www.desertmuseum.org/

I believe it is there where they have bird sanctuaries where you can walk into an enclosed (outdoor) habitat for different types of birds, including humming birds.

My wife's family is from Tucson, and I spent 3-1/2 years there in the early 1980's while attending the UA, and lived there later on from 1995 to 1998.

If you get a chance to go there, please let me know!

Best regards.

Jack

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